The Genocide Machine (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Apr 2000
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So, the Daleks make their first appearance in a Big Finish audio adventure... and I'm pleased to say that the Doctor's oldest and deadlies foes make the translation to the new format with considerable aplomb!
Mike Tucker's The Genocide Machine is a classic Doctor Who story, with quirky characters such as Bruce Montague's Chief Librarian Elgin and the unfortunate, ever-silent Cataloguer Prink, a random element (Louise Faulkner's mercenary Bev Tarrant) and a suitably villainous foe in the form of the Daleks. The rainforest planet of Kar-Cherat is conveyed excellently by the story's use of atmospheric sound effects (this is rapidly becoming a habitual trait of the Big Finish stories). The Daleks sound excellent, voiced with a harsh edge by director and composer Nicholas Briggs, who also provided Dalek voices for the new TV series with Christopher Eccleston.
The Daleks in The Genocide Machine seem to fit the timeline of the new TV series more than anything else, being commanded from Skaro by an apparently massive Emperor Dalek that sounds a lot like that revealed in The Parting of the Ways. However, to please the crowd, The Genocide Machine also features a Dalek Supreme and, in a triumphantly recogniseable appearance using the original sound effects, a Special Weapons Dalek. The Daleks are also up to their usual tricks, duplicating humanoids and taking over planets.
The cast are good, although Sophie Aldred sometimes doesn't convince as the robot Ace. The running joke of Prink as a supposed chatterbox who never manages to get a word in edgeways is somewhat predictable, but overall The Genocide Machine is well scripted and performed. An entertaining turn; the Big Finish series continues to impress.
This story features similar themes to the River Song two-parter in Series 4 of NuWho, so if you enjoyed that, you'll probably enjoy this one.
Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I can't wait to hear more from the Daleks because they translate so well through an audio.
For their previous releases the Big Finish team had done a good job of creating new monsters and threats for the Doctor to fight, but it was only a matter of time before everybody's favourite tin pot dictators made an appearance. And once again the team have done a good job, treating the source material with respect and bringing the cold, calculating, psychotic pepperpots to life.
Seven and Ace go off on a seemingly trivial mission to return some overdue library books. But soon after their arrival the fabled library of Kar-Charrat comes under attack from the Daleks who have some cunning plan to download all the information contained therein in order to facilitate their conquest of the universe. The odds seem impossible, but there is more going on than meets the eye, and the Doctor finds some unexpected help.
There is a cracking script which really does the job. It's an all action production which really manages to create a sense of tension and danger. For once there is a believable explanation for things happening just as the Doctor arrives in the middle of it. There is also a nice touch of humour, with the over talkative Prink. An almost perfect adventure for the Doctor as faces off against his oldest foes, and uncovers the secrets of the Genocide machine (which is a genuinely fascinating concept).
A five star release.
On the planet Kar-Charrat, a team of salvage hunters are planning to take an old artefact; but something emerges from the ziggurat and gets them first. Meanwhile, the Doctor has realised he has some very overde library books from the Library at Kar-Charrat, and he and Ace go there to return them. There, the Doctor finds that the library has acquired a hugely advanced technology to store data; but is there someone else who would like to get their suckers on it?
While we, as listeners, know there are Daleks in this story, it takes a while for the Doctor and Ace to become aware that their visit to the library is not as straightforward as they thought it was going to be. The other people and characters on Kar-Charrat are slowly introduced to us as the story unfolds, and the result is a great tension-filled story, with twists and turns all along the way. There’s lots of humour in the story, with the characters of Chief Librarian Elgin (wonderfully played by Bruce Montague) and Cataloguer Prink (delightfully played by Nicholas Briggs), and the story is well-paced. I really liked this story; it’s a great Doctor Who story, a great Seventh Doctor story, and a great Dalek story. This is a story I would more than happily listen to any time.
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