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5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Doctors. Brand New Adventures., 23 Sept. 2013
Although Paul McGann only appeared in The TV Movie back in 1996, he does a tremendous job at expanding the Eighth Doctor's character within the Big Finish Audio Adventures.
Blood of the Daleks Pt. 1 kicks off The New Eighth Doctor Adventures which takes the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) to Red Rocket Rising with his new companion Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith) who appears through mysterious circumstances. As the Eighth Doctor tries figuring out the mysteries around Lucie and why the Time Lords have dumped her upon him, he has to save acting President Eileen Clint (Anita Dobson) and her people from his greatest enemy: the Daleks. But with the Daleks acting all friendly, things do seem a bit off. What is there hidden agenda and what are the secrets behind Asha (Hayley Atwell) and her late masters inhuman experiments?
Nicholas Briggs (Director/Executive Producer) directs this story perfectly and really gives McGann the respect his under-appreciated incarnation deserves. Its the first in an entire series dedicated to just the Eighth Doctor and begins what seems to be a long epic journey which I can't wait to see through to the end. Also Steve Lyons (Writer) writes a brilliantly dark story which captures both McGann's character and the Daleks to a teat. There really is chemistry between the two entities and the story really progresses that as well as developing many interesting characters who all fit into the dark journey that is ongoing through the two-part story. Lucie Miller also provides many laughs as her free-spirited character proves more than a match for the Eighth Doctor and its interesting to see them slowly get used to one another and help each other out (even though at one point the Eighth Doctor declares he doesn't want to do the Time Lord's dirty work of looking after her). It is an interesting companion relationship that keeps you hooked throughout. I will warn you now to be prepared to order Blood of the Daleks Pt 2 because Pt 1 does end on a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more.
All I can say is if your a fan of McGann's incarnation or you love the Daleks, then Blood of the Daleks is definitely for you. Its also a good place to start for either jumping on the bandwagon of listening to McGann's stories or Big Finish's Doctor Who Range in general. Its certainly got me into this new brilliant media of Doctor Who adventures and I can't wait to listen to more of them.