Dr Who: Dalek Empire (Doctor Who Short Trips) Hardcover – 22 Dec 2005
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This book features a collection of stories which have as their common theme the four series of the Dalek Empire stories, which are full-cast audio stories (over 18 cds in total) produced by Big Finish 2001 to 2007/8 for Series 4 (which is obviously after this book was originally published). Having just re-listened to all four series, this seemed an ideal time to re-read the Short Trips: Dalek Empire collection.
In this collection are wonderful tales of Kalendorf, Suz and Alby, as well as other people whose lives were changed forever by the Dalek invasions – ordinary people who never asked to be involved in any war, and who struggled to make any sense of their new world, or to just survive. There are 13 stories, and then the last item is the script of the Big Finish story Return of the Daleks, which is a Seventh Doctor story set in the time of the Dalek Empire stories, between the first and second series. This is also available as a full-cast audio adventure from Big Finish.
Great stuff, which really won’t make an awful lot of sense if you haven’t heard at least some of the Dalek Empire stories, but a real gem for those who are familiar with that series.
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But the problem is, that without a true enemy, like the Doctor, the Daleks just don't hold up as well. Many of the stories, while starring the Doctor, still feel bland. Some feel dusty, like you are reading about them a few million years later, in some old, aged, history book. Also, without knowledge of the events that happened in the audio stories you will feel a tad left out of what is happening. Like it or not, prior knowledge may not be necessary but it is helpful.
It is like an alien landing on the planet Earth just before Christmas. It may understand that a holiday is about to happen but without the background information about reindeer, the North Pole, and those elves it is going to feel lost. Get this if you are a fan of the Daleks and like to collect all things Dalek, or if you are a fan of the audio stories, or if you are just a huge fan of the Doctor and like to collect all things dealing with Doctor Who.
Another reviewer also commented on the fact that a good sixth of the book is taken up by the script for the audio play, and I echo those sentiments. The inclusion of the script (especially as the concluding chapter) I found to be anti-climactic.
On the whole, I regret having bought this book and regret even more that I spent time reading it. I wish I had made a different selection.
That's not the point here- the point is that a good sixth of this book is the script of a released audio. Waste of time and really lazy editing. Even ignoring this fault, all these stories live in the miniseries "Dalek Empire", which are Doctor-less audios...
The short trips range is really good. Too bad this one is a real stinker.
Actually, that's going too far. It's not truly terrible. It's boring. Which is a far worse crime.
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