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Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation by [Briggs, Nicholas]
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Nicholas Briggs reads this exciting adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor and the Daleks.

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‘The Sunlight Worlds offer you a life of comfort and plenty. Apply for your brand new home now, by contacting us at The Dalek Foundation.’

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1129 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BHK9D9G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2013
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After a break, the BBC return to releasing three original Doctor Who novels in one go. They are the same size as previous Eleventh Doctor ones, but feature slightly different cover designs, with painted rather than photo covers.

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.
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The Daleks have always been used more sparingly in the Doctor Who novels than the programme. This means that a new Dalek novel is met with a certain level of anticipation. Written by the current Dalek expert and actor who voices them on screen, it would be easy to expect that this is going to be a novel concerning sweeping Dalek forces and invasions. It is a lot more toned down than that and the Daleks actually hardly kill anybody. Rather than warmongering this book features Daleks showing their more cunning, manipulative side. There is an echo of `Power of the Daleks' in this story. Although it is always a bit difficult to believe that any human can so easily convince themselves that the Daleks are a force for good or that they can be controlled, this story still manages to be convincing. It also gives the reader the sense that they are sharing something with the Doctor because it is only the Doctor and the reader that know that the Daleks are not really benevolent philanthropists.

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.
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Having listened to and enjoyed Nicholas Briggs' previous ventures into the Whoniverse with his excellent Dalek Empire audio series from Big Finish (highly recommended!), I nevertheless approached this book with some caution. Much as I enjoy Mr Briggs' work, his stories tend to be a) very depressing, b) very slow and c) rather devoid of fun. Sadly, this novel embodies pretty much all of the above.

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.
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Like the iconic sound effect (created by Dick Mills of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop) of the Dalek Control Room, low-toned rhythmic almost mesmeric drone that drills beneath your skin, clawing at your soul, instilling fear & apprehension, Nick Briggs' latest DOCTOR WHO tie-in novel, THE DALEK GENERATION is remorselessly hypnotic in its intent that skilfully weaves itself in to a character-led adventure that echoes the `Dalek Master' himself, Terry Nation, their true creator. And with such `Nationian' names & titles as Gethria, Terran & Alyst, Carthedia, Hogoostra, Briggs' novel is, at times, almost an appreciative and unabashed love-letter to the author himself.

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).
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