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The Plague of the Daleks: Should be exterminated...,
This review is from: Plague of the Daleks (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and twenty ninth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. This is the third in a trilogy of three linked adventures centred around the village of Stockbridge. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the first disc. There is a treat for regular listeners in the form of the tenth 10 minute segment of a twelve part adventure called `The Three Companions' on the end of disc 2.
Following the events of `Eternal Summer', Five and Nyssa find themselves far into Stockbridge's future. IT is now no longer a village as they recognise it, but a tourist attraction, and a failing one at that. As ever there is something odd going on, with mysterious attacks by birds and a rain that seems to be a bit on the acid side. It is not spoiling anything to say that the Daleks are behind it all, with some megalomaniacal scheme to take of the universe.
Following the excellent first two instalments of this trilogy, this is a disappointing failure. The story is so-so. The Daleks could have been any alien species, and seem to have been shoehorned in just to try and draw in the punters. Davison and Sutton, excellent in the previous two releases sound bored and go through the motions. There is an excellent guest cast featuring Liza Tarbuck and Who veteran Keith Barron, but sadly these two decent actors are totally wasted and cannot bring any life to their 2D characters, no matter how hard they try. There are some moments that work well, but the story is badly structures, and just as you feel it is building to some crisis the tension is completely lost by jumping to an unnecessary flashback scene.
It's pretty hard to listen to. As a standalone release it would have got maybe three stars. But as the conclusion to an otherwise excellent trilogy it is totally overshadowed by it's forebears and only gets two stars from me.