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Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks(Original BBC Television Soundtrack) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Aug 2004
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... this cleaned-up BBC soundtrack CD is the best way of re-living the second Doctor's arrival -- Dreamwatch, October 2004
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May I start by saying that it is an enjoyable set of two CDs?
This is an important episode in Dr Who as it marker the change to Patrick Troughton as the doctor.
In subsequent episodes Troughton's tenure of the Doctor always seemed to be chock full of monsters and this edition is no exception to the rule the Daleks are back!
This meant that the series starting with an absolute cast iron winner of a draw- the Daleks were massive back then so Troughton is in excellent company. . It starts with a bang and the roller coaster of Troughton's reign begins.
The story itself is not a bad one. An Earth colony Vulcan is well established but a crashed spaceship is discovered deep in the mercury swamps. 3 derelict Daleks are discovered there. The usual `mad but well intentioned all in the name of science' scientist decides to resurrect the funny looking robots. The rest and plot line you can imagine.
The trouble is that this set of stories were very visual. The action if you likes speak louder than words so the linking narration is provided by Anneke Wills and she is employed full time to do so to convey a heck of a lot of the action.
The episode is of its time in that the doctors assistants Ben an Polly sound stilted but then who wouldn't if this is a television visual series portrayed as aural only?
The Daleks voiced by the multi talented Peter Hawkins. The voices and the hidden malice we all know is hidden is well portrayed. 'I am your serrvanT!!' is a chilling phrase from the 'mouth' of a Dalek even now after all these years. Wonderful!
I really enjoyed listening to this long lost classic and if you like Dr Who then you too will be royally entertained.
Plot: Having just regenerated, the Doctor, along with his companions Ben and Polly, arrive on Vulcan, a planet covered by mercury swamps, which has been colonised by Humans. However, the colony has been gripped by political turmoil, and an examiner sent from earth to help put down the rebels is murdered on arrival. Pretending to be the examiner, the Doctor quickly learns of the colony's problems, but soon discovers and even greater one. Lesterson, the colony's head scientist, has found a space capsule in the swamps. A capsule that contains 3 dorment Daleks!
When reactivated, the Daleks, surprising, claim to be servants of mankind. Having never met a Dalek before, the colonist beleive the Daleks. The Doctor tries to warn the heads of the colony about the Dalek threat, but it could already be too late. As the rebels move to take control, a new army of Daleks is waiting, to CONQUER AND DESTROY!
Pros: In terms of plot, this story is fantastic. You've got a new doctor, companions who don't quite know what's just happened, the Daleks at their most intelligent, and much more. The character of Lesterson is Brilliant, and the climax of episode 4 is also great.
Cons: The only con that I can see is a small continuity error. The Daleks seem to have gone back to drawing power up through the floor, wetheas in every story before or since, apart from 'The Daleks', they don't need to.
This is a wounderful dr who story, and well worth your money. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have.
However, the real plot soon begins with (of course) a death, and the Doctor and his companions are soon mixed up in the complex politics of Vulcan. In the process, we meet a number of well-layered characters, all with their own agendas. The motives of Bernard Archard's security chief Bragen, Robert James' blinkered scientist Lesterton and Pamela Ann Davey's duplicitous Janley (to name a few) gradually unfold as the story proceeds, and a number of the characters end up questioning their alliances and beliefs things go from bad to worse. The Daleks, meanwhile, plot and scheme, making the most of their technology and the gullible Lesterton's willingness to aid them.
The newly regenerated Doctor muddles through, but eventually plays a pivotal role in the Daleks' defeat despite his apparent buffoonery. By the end of episode six the audience, as represented on-screen by Ben and Polly, are left in no doubt that their strange new companion is the Doctor - albeit a man radically changed from his previous incarnation.
I wasn't sure what rating to give the story at first. It isn't perfect and, were such things permitted, I would probably give it 4½ stars. But I'm feeling generous tonight, so I'll give it a 5 on the grounds of good characterisation and production.
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