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on 11 April 2006
"The library on Kar-Charrat is one of the wonders of the Universe. It is also hidden from all but a few select species. The Doctor and Ace discover that the librarians have found a new way of storing data - a wetworks facility - but the machine has attracted unwanted attention, and the Doctor soon finds himself pitted against his oldest and deadliest enemies - the Daleks!"
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.
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on 21 October 2013
This is the first time Big Finish got to use the Daleks and they did a really good job. Once again, 7/Ace are on TOP form, delievering brilliant performances and re-delivering the same energy they had on screen all that time ago.

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.
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This is the seventh release from Big Finish in their range of audio only adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Sophie Aldred as Ace. There are four episodes, roughly 25 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some notes from the author.

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.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 6 February 2016
This is the seventh story in the Main Range series by Big Finish, first released in 2000. Written by Mike Tucker, this story features the Seventh Doctor, played by Sylvester McCoy, travelling with Ace, played by Sophie Aldred. This is the first story in the Main Range released by Big Finish which also features the return of a very old foe of the Doctor.

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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on 17 April 2009
I have to set my stall in the positive camp and say that this is a return to form for the malevolent pepperpots, as well as a triumph for both The Seventh Doctor and his companion the teenage tearaway Ace. With impressive sound effects, a solid story and confident performances from the leads this is a decent audio drama from Big Finish.
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on 16 September 2008
The Daleks sound very urgent and menacing as though they really do mean business! And with different sounding voices for the different Daleks speaking so you can follow which one is talking. The special weapons dalek, the Dalek Supreme and the Emperor Dalek especially sounding very distinctive, the emperor sounding quite creepy. I loved the character of Mr Elgin, the head librarian, his voice and character were extremely well put across, very distinctive. Sylvestor McCoy and Sophie Aldred played their parts to perfection and the sound of the raindrops and continual rainfall of the planet were also very effective too. One of the best from Big Finish, especially the first two episodes which were quite simply superb. A treat for all Dr Who fans everywhere.
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on 31 July 2011
Mike Tucker brings his skill of writing for the Seventh Doctor and Ace partnership to the new Big Finish range of Doctor Who audios. The first episode is a great piece of Doctor Who; exciting, mysterious and the Daleks manage to achieve a level of scariness not achieved very often during their many television appearances.
Episodes two and three unfortunately don't match up to the promise of the first. There is far too much time given over to listening to the Daleks underlining their plans and Ace and the Doctor get very few scenes together, with Chief Librarian Elgin (definitely a marble or two missing) stepping into the space usually occupied by the Doctor's sidekick.
On the whole though the story works and could easily have slotted into season twenty-six of the tv serial.
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on 2 February 2011
This story is great with the cast in top form, menacing daleks, ( with 80s death rays ) and a supreme dalek and special weapons dalek. Elgin is a great character, and the only con is Sophie Aldred's not entirely convincing robot Ace. Lovely sound effects.
Buy this CD!
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on 22 December 2014
Always enjoy a Dalek story .
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on 30 May 2010
A great Dalek they are the cockroaches of the universe you kill them, beat them but they keep coming back and the Doctor has done that more then once he even blew up their planet and that has not stopped them I think the idea that in this story in a way the Daleks are almost a secondary villain when you find out what the Libaryens have been doing.
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