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VINE VOICEon 8 September 2005
Dalek War is the direct sequel to Big Finish's four-part Dalek Empire, and picks up the characters several years down the line, with the familiar human cast now fighting alongside the alternate universe Daleks against the standard Daleks, and seemingly winning the war. All is not going completely to plan however, as the humans are beginning to suspect that the alternate universe Daleks aggressive methods of peace-keeping may be just as lethal as the warmongering Daleks they're used to, and the connection between the Dalek Emperor and Susan from the original miniseries is given a nasty new spin. Despite a few new interesting ideas, such as a female Davros alternate universe counterpart, unfortunately far too much time is taken recapping over events in the first mini-series, and getting all the characters up to speed with current events (not only during the play, afterwards we get a trailer for Dalek Empire - who on Earth would buy the sequel without hearing the original anyway?) It's nicely done, but as such, very little actually happens in this chapter apart from setting the stage for events to come...
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First released in 2003, this is the fourth and final episode in the second series of standalone releases for the Daleks from the Big Finish team. It is not a standalone release and has to be listened to in conjunction with the other episodes for it to make sense. It's just over an hour long, and is on a single disc. As with the first series I just love the retro art work.

The episode opens rather frustratingly. At the end of episode three we were left with a major cliffhanger, but this is totally ignored at the start of this episode as the action shifts to some time in the future and explains the enigmatic framing device that has been used for the preceding episodes. This sets up the action for series three. It is sometime into the episode before we pick up the story of Kalendorf, Suze and Alby. It's an interesting and effective device, setting up more questions and keeping us in suspense. The main sotry, when it comes, is absolutely amazeballs. IT's a powerful conclusion to the series as Kalendorf faces the Mentor, and sets in motion a plan to rid the Galaxy of the original Daleks. The end of the story, when it came, had me absolutely gripped and almost in tears for the tragedy of Kalendorf, that most noble of warriors who never quite managed to achieve his ultimate desire.

It's a powerhouse rollercoaster of a ride that left me feeling quite drained. This has been another excellent Dalek series, and sets things up very nicely for a new series with a different set of characters. 5 stars.
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First released in 2003, this is the second episode in the second series of standalone releases for the Daleks from the Big Finish team. It is not a standalone release and has to be listened to in conjunction with the other episodes for it to make sense. It's just over an hour long, and is on a single disc. As with the first series I just love the retro art work.

It is now becoming clear that Alby, Mirana and Kalendorf have some plan to defeat both the alliance and enemy Daleks using the newly recovered Susan Mendes. And it also clear that the alliance Daleks pose as much, if not more of a threat to the galaxy than the original evil Daleks.

It's another good run around, as a desperate plan is put into action, and the story starts to resolve itself. Susan gets some particularly good moments as she and Alby, finally reunited, try to get out of the enemy Daleks grip. There is lots of action and adventure here, but there is a dark overtone that contrasts nicely and gives the piece a thoughtful tone. Especially with the moral questions of just how far should one go to free humanity? It's one flaw is the particularly bad characterisation of a character called Morli. You feel that in the real world she would have either been the subject of a `tragic' friendly fire incident or annoyed the Daleks so much that they would have exterminated her. It's certain that no-one that annoying would live for long in a war zone.

Another excellent release from BF, 5 stars.
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First released in 2003, this is the third episode in the second series of standalone releases for the Daleks from the Big Finish team. It is not a standalone release and has to be listened to in conjunction with the other episodes for it to make sense. It's just over an hour long, and is on a single disc. As with the first series I just love the retro art work.

The threads of the story are now drawing together, as the battle between the alliance and the enemy Daleks reaches its final stages, and Kalendorf's plan for getting rid of the alliance Daleks starts to become clear. It's another action packed episode with dark overtones, as the producers are not afraid to kill off main characters as the situation demands. There are some particularly dark moments here for Mirana in some scenes that I found quite disturbing. The episode builds to a real powerhouse climax and finishes on a note that left me desperate to listen to the next episode to see just what had happened. Excellent stuff, 5 stars.
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First released in 2003, this is the first episode in the second series of standalone releases for the Daleks from the Big Finish team. It would really help if you have heard the first series, as prior knowledge of characters and plot lines is essential. It's just over an hour long, and is on a single disc. As with the first series I just love the retro art work.

Told through a framing device of two people in the future discussing the history of the period it strats a little after where series 1 left off, now the Daleks from the alternative universe are allied with humanity and at war with the original Daleks. Kalendorf, Alby and Mirana are undertaking some secret scheme of their own however, behind the alliance Daleks backs. Could it be that they don't trust their new allies? And just what did happen to Susan Mendes? Explanations of just how Kalendorf, Alby and Mirana got out of their stasis at the end of the first series will have to wait a little while. But fear not, all will be revealed.

This is an interesting episode with some good ideas, though it suffers a little from being a `set up' episode, putting all the plot strands into place ready for explanation later. It's good to hear the familiar voices from the first series, especially Gareth Thomas as the noble Kalendorf. The tone s dark, and you know that there will be no happy endings. IT's a complicated plot and is quite intriguing as the layers are peeled back. It's a good start to another excellent series, 4 stars.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 3 February 2017
Following on from the brilliant Dalek Empire, Nicholas Briggs, happily for us, decided to write a sequel, Dalek War, over four chapters (on four cds) in 2003. After the cliffhanger of Dalek Empire, the Daleks appeared to have had some success with their Project Infinity – or had they? Had what had arrived through the dimensional gateway really been what they hoped for? And what could they do about it?

In this fourth and final chapter of Dalek War, the final struggle commences, with the Alliance Daleks and the Daleks fighting for supremacy and the ultimate victory. But at what cost to the universe? And if Siy Tarkov finds out what happened, can he take the news back to his own superiors in time to get them to listen to the new threat that he fears is emerging in his own time?

This is a brilliant series – the Dalek Empire series was brilliant, and this is a brilliant follow-on. It is absolutely wonderful to hear Gareth Thomas as Kalendorf, Mark McDonnell as Alby Brook, and Sarah Mowat as Susan Mendes again. And to have such fantastic characters as The Mentor (Hannah Smith), Siy Tarkov (Steven Elder), Saloran Hardew (Karen Henson), Morli (Dannie Car) and, of course the Daleks (voiced by Nicholas Briggs) in a whole new four-part series is just what hardened Who fans dream of. And there is still Dalek Empire III to come!
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VINE VOICEon 27 October 2004
Three-quarters of the way through this second Dalek Empire series, and things are finally picking up. While terraforming an entire planet in order to provide a trap may be rather stretching credulity, it's a pleasant distraction as the space opera action is broken up here by the attack of the Dalek created half-human half-plant Vaarga. Elsewhere its all go, as 2 series regulars bite the dust in an unexpected fashion, and Kalendorf finally sets his plan in motion, by seemingly switching sides. After a couple of chapters of various shadowy plottings, things are finally kicking into high gear as we head for the climax...
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