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Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation Kindle Edition
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One of this latest batch is the Dalek Generation, which is written by Nicholas Briggs. Better known as the Voice of the Daleks [and various other monsters] on TV, and for overseeing the range of Doctor Who audios from Big Finish Publications.
The book runs for two hundred and fifty three pages. It is divided into a prologue and sixteen chapters. It is suitable for readers of all ages. And the Doctor's dialogue is perfectly well written, with lines that you can imagine Matt Smith saying.
The story features the Doctor travelling without any companions.
And it also features the Daleks.
Yes, the Daleks. The benevolent beings who founded the Dalek Foundation worlds. Planets where the poor and dispossessed from other worlds were offered new homes and new lives. Planets where nothing bad ever happens, and people live in peace and harmony. All thanks to the Daleks.
In the meantime, receiving a message cube [as seen in the tv episode 'the Doctor's Wife'] leads the Doctor to find a spaceship and three orphaned children on board. Their parents died to prevent the Daleks from getting hold of something. But what? Can the Doctor convince people who owe everything to the Daleks what they're really like?
Because they must be up to no good, right?
Or are they just being very cunning indeed?
There's some clever plotting in this that hooks you from the off, and it does do radically different things with the Daleks that have never been tried in a story before.Read more ›
It isn't the most original plot, with the Dalaks trying to track down and utilise an archaic device that will bestow great powers, but there are enough `timey-wimey' elements to keep the storyline interesting, if at times a little predictable.
Without any of the usual on-screen companions to assist him, the Doctor is teamed up with three young children. Despite their ages all three have clearly defined personalities and are the better characters in the book. The Doctor himself is portrayed quite well but he doesn't always seem to be the Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith. And there are certainly some slight elements of other Doctors occasionally.
Despite this being a Dalek story, the Daleks are actually quite low key.Read more ›
Don't get me wrong, here. He knows the Daleks better than almost anyone writing today, and does a terrific job of portraying their xenophobic evil and cunning. It's just that he's so keen on making them overwhelmingly powerful and evil that his characters are normally drained of all hope, reduced to moaning about how screwed they are and waiting (and often looking forward to) death. It's not fun reading.
Fans of the audios will also be surprised at the appearance of a character from those stories, who rather feels as if it's been shoe-horned into the novel in order to give the character some legitimacy, without considering that it screws up the characters (and the Doctors) continuity.
It's worth a read if you're a fan of the Daleks, but it's ultimately a very forgettable tale. in fact, after finishing the book I had to re-read the last few chapters because I couldn't remember how it finished. I still can't; it made that little of an impression.
Released in two formats, a hardback novel from BBC BOOKS and a six-disc audiobook from AUDIOGO, THE DALEK GENERATION may disappoint some reviewers as, like the televised story REVELATION OF THE DALEKS (1985), Nation's creations are noticeable by their absence throughout the narrative with Briggs concentrating on delivering a character-led piece consumed in a mystery within a conundrum for the Time Lord to solve.
And the biggest, most extreme, mystery to solve is why were the Daleks being hailed as heroes in having created `...paradise..." within the galaxy?
For me, this conceit is most interesting and aims develops the battle-armoured travel machines machinations from one of pure energy weapon dispatching to a diligent, covert manipulation through strategic entrepreneurial enterprise and, yes, kindness that is far more intelligible for a `hive' (read: Dalek PathNet - semi-telepathic connection ) driven alien race. Kindness of the Daleks but, here, is more substantial that having a Dalek serve Tea or Coffee beverage (see VICTORY OF THE DALEKS).Read more ›
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