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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun review of Dalek history, but tells us nothing new, 13 Jun 2006
This review is from: "Doctor Who": The Dalek Conquests (Dr Who) (Audio CD)
Being a huge Dalek fan, I was extremely happy when I heard that the voice of the Daleks, Nick Briggs himself, was doing "The Dalek Conquests". Briggs is a major fan of the pepperpots from Skaro, being their current voice on TV and audio, and having written and produced the superb "Dalek Empire" series of audio dramas for Big Finish Productions.

"The Dalek Conquests" takes the form of an audio documentary, examining the known history of the Daleks. Working on the conceit that the Doctor is real and that his TV adventures are a form of historical record, the CD uses clips from the soundtrack of the various TV adventures, linked by Briggs' earnest narration, to tell the story of the events leading up to the Great Time War. The quality of the clips varies, but they've all obviously been cleaned up as much as possible, and are well chosen to illustrate the ruthless and implacable nature of the Doctor's greatest enemies.

While great fun, the documentary is very conservative, due mainly to limitations imposed by the BBC charter. No mention is made of the "Dalek Empire" stories, or of the BBC novels, all of which have featured major steps towards the Skaro/Gallifrey war. Curiously, Russell T. Davies, producer of the current TV incarnation of the Doctor, has himself made reference to these stories in products like the 2006 Doctor Who Annual.

Because of these limitations, "The Dalek Conquests" finds itself restricted to retreading old material. We learn nothing new about the Daleks. Unlike David Banks' attempt to create a cohesive history of the Cybermen, there's no real conjecture or detective work here. Fans looking to find out how Skaro survived the end of "Remembrance of the Daleks" for instance, will be disappointed.

Briggs does, however, manage to sneak in some references to the Dalek Empire stories, in the form of some of the music (also written by Briggs) from that series, a welcome nod to his fans.

In summary, this is a great introduction to Dalek history for new followers of the Doctor's adventures, and an amusing novelty for older fans of the Doctor's adventures.
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