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Davros (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Sep 2003

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 Sept. 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 1844350304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844350308
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having dominated the Daleks in every TV story since he was introduced Big Finish had ignored the character of Davros to concentrate on the Daleks themselves for several audio releases. For this play Davros finally returns - without the Daleks for the first time - as he is revived from suspended animation to work for a the unscrupulous TAI corporation, where he is partnered by the extremely reluctant 6th Doctor, who is entirely unconvinced by Davros' claim to have reformed his character.
The basic plot of this story is fairly basic and predictable - like the Doctor we know full well that Davros will hatch some plan to kill everyone and take over - but what makes it is the execution and the concentration on Davros' character. Terry Molloy returns to give his best ever performance as Davros, utterly dominating the story and upstaging even the magnificent Colin Baker. Thanks to numerous flashback we also learn masses of backstory on Davros, including before he was crippled and the true story behind the creation of the Daleks. At first these background details, complete with an almost romance with another Kaled scientist seem to be humanising Davros, but the final twist as to the nature of his past actions only serve to end up making the character seeming even more evil than before.
The supporting cast are excellent, particularly Bernard Horsfall as the morally ambiguous corporate executive trying to gain from Davros' knowledge, and ex-companion Wendy Padbury, here playing a historian apologist for Davros past actions, who is ultimately confronted with the true horror of his evil.
One could be picky about a few less than convincing moments, such as the odd overly melodramatic line ("He'll take out you eyeballs and then come back for the sockets!
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Big Finish made a point early on that the wouldn't feature Davros in their Dalek stories as he tends to dominate and the daleks become something of mindless drones not the ruthless enemies of old. This is certainly true of Genesis through to Revelation, though Remembrance is a good Dalek story with Davros making a minor appearance. The end result of this policy was the excellent Dalek Empire series of Doctor Who's and then the stand-alone Dalek Empire (Terry Nation would have approved, I think).

It too until they almost reached their 50th release to include Davros in a series of Doctor Who's greatest villains: Omega; Davros; The Master and Zagreus and all of them are excellent stories for different reasons.

Plot: A near dead Davros is rescued by multi-millionaire with a secret agenda. What makes this story well done is that all of the characters are interesting and their motivation is well reasoned. Baines wants Davros to work for him and make him even more money, Mrs Baines wants to confirm that her revisionist historical books about Davros are the truth (and she realises by the end that they are not), and Davros wants to rule the universe, but is patient about achieving his goals. The Doctor gets drawn in by Willis investigating Baines. It also fits neatly between Resurrection and Revelation, in fact tying into the latter with clear indicators of where it is going. A sub-plot about robots being activated immediately following the Doctor/Davros improvements feels as though it were shoe-horned into the story to create a cliff-hanger.

Scripts: This is superb, probably the best Colin script so far. Each character rings true as they enact out the tragedy unfolding. Of particular note should be Davros' early rant:'This is not the end, this is only the BEGINNING!
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This is the forty eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and Terry Molloy as Davros. It also guests Bernard Horsefall and Wendy Padbury, who both appeared onscreen next to the Second Doctor (though they do not reprise their characters from that period). There are two episodes, roughly 60 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. One episode per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

This is the second in a run of three stories based around infamous Who villains released by Big Finish to celebrate the fortieth year of the series. The celebration cumulated with the sprawling multi-Doctor epic Zagreus. This adventure revolves around the resurrection of Davros, his first appearance in the Big Finish range. For the first time we encounter him without any Daleks present, and free of their shadow this fascinating character really shines brightly and impresses in a way that he hasn't managed to since his very first appearance in Genesis of the Daleks.

The plot revolves around a huge multiplanetary corporation; when the Doctor is asked to investigate it for morally dubious business practices he is at first a little reluctant, until he finds out that the company has resurrected one of the most evil characters in the history of the galaxy, Davros, and plan to use his genius to further their own profits. Davros claims to be a reformed character, but the Doctor cannot believe this and tries to convince the company that a Dalek cannot change its bumps.

It's a pretty good story, but mostly it is a great character study.
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