Jubilee (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Jan 2003
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If one was to start listening to the Doctor Who audio dramas for the first time then this would be the story to do it with. So may or may not be aware that it was this story that was adapted into the Christoper Eccelston story Dalek. I can say without hesitation this is the superior story. The team of Colin Baker and the late Maggie Stables is one of the best Doctor and companion pairings of any recent Doctor Who.
Indeed Colin Bakers sixth Doctor plays superbly against Stables Evelyn Smythe, and that is only the start of the highlights. The Story is dark psychological drama put through the normal Doctor Who filter it is superb Nicholas Briggs performance as The imprisoned Dalek is excellent the closest Briggs has come to this in the TV show was with the character of Dalek Khan.
This Story had me glued from the word go and as it holds a mirror up to how blood thirsty and disturbing we can be as humans I can not praise this story enough brilliant stuff.
The Doctor, Evelyn and some really rather nasty humans meet up in this crazy mixed-up world at the time of a Jubilee, a celebration of 100 years since ... the Doctor was last here? Or was he? And why are the humans torturing a Dalek that's been prisoner here for decades?
Is Rochester all he seems? Is Miriam?
So many questions! And none of them are answered till well near the end of this great 2-cd story, divided into four episodes. I like the Sixth Doctor in these audio adventures, he seems to have regained some of his humour and light-hearted tone while retaining his intensity. And Evelyn makes a great companion - a sensible lady who matches the Doctor in wit and intelligence.
Dark, disturbing, tales of the inherent inhumanity of mankind itself. Could we become like that?
Highly, totally recommended - riveting stuff.
The TARDIS lands Six and Evelyn in London, 2003. Instantly the TARDIS vanishes, stranding The Doctor and Evelyn. To make matters worse, this is a somewhat dystopic London which, following the defeat of the Daleks in the invasion of 1903, is now the capital of a world dominating English Empire run on very Dictatorial lines. The Doctor is somehow inextricably bound up with this deviation from established history, but how? And just who are the mysterious prisoners in the tower?
This is another excellent adventure from Big Finish. Once again they manage to do something new and interesting with the motorized pepperpots, and explore just what it is to be a Dalek in an interesting fashion. The basic concept is well realised, and the various conundrums it throws up are interesting.
Characterisation is key to these adventures, and here the cast really succeed. Baker is in top form as Six, full of inquisitiveness and energy, mixed with that slight arrogance tempered with a huge compassion. It is at times quite a moving performance. Maggie Stables as Evelyn has really turned into a great companion, able to stand up to Six's more outrageous flights, and with a huge degree of compassion and resourcefulness of her own. Martin Jarvis makes a welcome return to the Whoniverse (he appeared opposite Hartnell in the Web Planet, and appeared in several of the TV serials including opposite Six in Vengeance on Varos). He plays a character that is similar, yet totally opposite to his character in Vengeance on Varos, it's an almost deliberate contrast with his earlier Who performance. I was quite taken in by his character, and and found his portrayal of the ruthless dictator and the man in torment quite compelling. There is also, as an icing on the cake, an absolutely superb audio production with nicely done sound effects and an unusual be effective story introduction. Don't skip forward when you hear the words `Coming soon from Big Finish'...
I loved this story all round, five stars.
This story was remade for television as the excellent episode Dalek in the first season of the new series.
Whilst similar both adventures are different enough to enjoy. This is the story of a surving dalek trapped in the tower of London in an alternative reality.
Martin Jarvis plays an insane President of the world with a wife who makes him sane, the story twists and turns. (There is a prisoner in the tower in a wheelchair) and it even makes you feel for a dalek.
It really shows what you can do with Doctor Who and with the audio medium.
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