The Apocalypse Element (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Aug 2000
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The story is one of two parts (each part of two episodes); the first part of the story takes place on Archetryx, where temporal powers are gathering to share information. Archetryx has for the last twenty years been notable mainly for the disappearance from its orbit of Etra Prime, where many scientists and other personnel disappeared along with the planetoid.Read more ›
As other reviewers have said, the scale of this adventure is really BIG. The tinpot dictators have, as ever, a plan to take over the universe. It's complicated, involving disappearing planets, a kidnapped time lady and lots of running around screaming `Exterminate', `Obey' and other motivational phrases. The scope and ambition of the story is almost too much for a hundred minute audio adventure, with lots and lots going on as things reach a final thrilling dénouement.
Credit to the Big Finish team, they manage to hold it all together. The script is excellent, and allows all the actors to shine. Baker is in form as Six, all galloping energy and imperiousness but with less arrogance and more compassion than his TV persona. Romana is given a high impact re-entry, and Lalla Ward plays it to perfection. Big Finish have done well with the Daleks, and in this and their previous appearance (the excellent Genocide Machine) they have managed to do something new with them, amplifying their cunning, ruthlessness and dedication to the masterplan. The audio effects are window rattling, and there is plenty of high energy action. It's entertaining, thrilling and in places moving. A credit to all involved and one of my favourite stories in the entire range. 5 stars.
The apocalypse element is BIG. its one of the few big finish audios that really sound like a film on disc. most stories are great doctor who stories on audio, but not as grand as to make them feel like a film. One of the things about this play is its scale. And it involves Romana, closer to her screen persona than the confused and mixed up idiot she is in the far too politically based spin 0ff series gallifrey. I like Romana as a character and i feel she is badly done in the gallifrey series. But in all of her doctor who appearances she is nearer to her screen counterpart and this is one of her best performances as a captive of the daleks. This story develops well and at quite a fast pace considering how long this play is. But it is highly entertaining with plenty of great dalek moments. They are totally psychotic on this one i tell you. And there are plenty of great and gross moments. Colin Baker of course is on top form as the underappreciated sixth doctor, and Maggie Stables is brilliant as Evelyn.
So, all in all this is a fine adventure, a lot mkore enjoyable than Stephen's last effort for the big finish series.
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Great Doctor Who Audio drama with the Daleks and Romana and Colin Baker is Good as the Doctor. He gets better in these Audio drama's. Read morePublished 18 months ago by D.L
Russell T Davies once referred to this story as the first act of the time war and I can see why. Insane Daleks attempt to destroy Gallifrey and the rest of the universe using the... Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2013 by Ash
The Cockroches are back again Sorry the Daleks are back and this time they are complitly insane it makes you wonder when did the Daleks go insane basicly saying if they can't rule... Read morePublished on 30 May 2010 by N. KEMPTON
An epic Doctor Who adventure from Big Finish, The Apocalypse Element is sweeping and grandiose and is one of the best in the series so far. Read morePublished on 15 April 2009 by Captain Pugwash
This is in my opinion one of the best Big Finish adventures - it sweeps along at a cracking pace to its unexpected ending. Read morePublished on 22 July 2006 by Mr. P. Johnson