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This is the sixty fifth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as 6, Bonnie Langford as Mel and Terry Molloy as Davros. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs.

Davros is once again up top his old tricks building a race of super robots, this time adapted from Mechanoids (an old foe of the 1st Doctor's). But are is aims as altruistic as he claims? And what lies at the heart of the new machines? And why can't Mel see him for the man he really is?

Following up the stupendous audio play `Davros' was always going to be a tall order, and by and large Big Finish have pulled it off. It's a good entertaining listen, with some great moments especially between Molloy and Baker, who really strike sparks off each other as the oldest of adversaries. There are also some good moments for Bonnie Langford, who shows just what a good actress she is and what Mel's TV presence could have been like if written better. With some great plot twists along the way, and Baker just about managing to steal every scene (and up against some stiff opposition in that department in the form of Molloy) with his trademark mixture of egotism and compassion, this is a classic little adventure that will please long term fans familiar with every monster and casual listeners alike. 5 stars.
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on 27 May 2005
I thought this to be an excellent example of how to do a Doctor Who episode with characters given little screentime in the past. I admit, i don't know much about the mechanoids (haven't seen their original story) but their presence here is good, with that strange programmed voice. They have a degree of threat surrounding them which can be chilling at times. Of course, Molloy's Davros is brilliant, sounding just as manic as he ever was. Colin Baker is fantastic (as usual) but Mel (Bonnie Langford) shines, presenting some true acting moments that she never got a chance to exhibit in the series. The plot is good, keeping me guessing throughout, and the plot twists (all brought in with The Trial of a Time Lord sting) made the hairs on my neck stand up. I thoroughly enjoyed this venture, and readily admit its one of my favourite audios. The only thing that bothers me (and this really is pernickity) is that the Daleks aren't voiced by their original artist. Okay, Nicolas Briggs does a so-so job, but nothing can beat Roy Skelton.
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on 15 September 2005
Colin Baker, Terry Molloy, and Nicholas Briggs deserves kudos for making do with a sorry script. Even their immense voiceover talent and charisma could not make up for such a confused and meandering script. Get it from the clearance bin.
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on 27 December 2012
Not the best story, Daleks deserve better still maybe only for completists only or maybe hardcore doctor who fans. still its not all bad...
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on 13 January 2013
I love the script;; I listened it many times and I still enjoy it. The only problem is that the voices of the Daleks are less frightening than in the other audio adventures. It's a good transition between "revelation of the Daleks" and "Remembrance of the Daleks".
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on 1 August 2007
"In a small mining colony on the dark and distant planet of Lethe, events are occurring - the results of which could dramatically affect things on a universal scale. For within the dingy corridors of the artifical biosphere, the lone survivor of a devastating crash has expertly wormed his way into the lives of the colony's personnel.
"A scientist known as Davros.
"Separated from one another across space and time, the Doctor and Mel find themselves in very different predicaments: Mel has been employed on Lethe, while the Doctor has been imprisoned aboard an alien spacecraft. Both situations are inexorably linked, however, and at the apex of the two sits Davros and the terrifying possibility even more powerful than the Daleks!
"Rescuing Mel and stopping Davros should be the Doctor's primary goals, but could it be that this time, Mel does not wish to be rescued? And might Davros actually be working on something for the benefit of the civilised galaxies...?"

"The Juggernauts", by Scott Alan Woodward, is a complicated number that not only features Davros and the Daleks, but also brings back the Mechonoids (last seen in the 1960s in "The Chase"), albeit this time branded by their "creator" Davros as the eponymous Juggernauts. In a manner similar to Big Finish's earlier play "Davros", the Dalek creator purports to be working for the benefit of civilisation rather than to its detriment, but this time he is in disguise (having duped the colonists of Lethe, including Mel, into believing that he is human and having won their trust, giving actor Terry Molloy another chance to play the role using his normal, unmodified voice). We also have a love interest for Mel in the form of Geoff (Klaus White), and we wonder for a while whether the companion will actually consider leaving the Doctor.
Molloy puts in a star turn as Davros, and whilst the script for The Juggernauts isn't nearly in the same league as the earlier play, Molloy's presence elevates the scenes he appears in. The voices for the Daleks and Mechonoids are, of course, provided by Nicholas Briggs in the usual very passable replications of the original series voices. The other supporting characters are decently played by the guest cast, although none leave any particular lasting impression.
The plot of "The Juggernauts" is a little bloated by Davros / Dalek continuity and certain avenues, such as Mel's doubts over whether she should leave Lethe, tend to fizzle out rather than be fully explored. However, overall "The Juggernauts" is a decent Davros / Dalek romp anchored by a great performance by Terry Molloy.
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on 25 June 2015
Had this story before, it's really great,
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on 10 May 2007
When I first heard the juggernauts, i wasnt overly impressed, but this is the kind of story that grows on you with a few listens. this story now has it all, great monsters, great revival of the mechanoids! one of my fav old series who monsters, and great acting. Good to hear Bonnie Langford getting another decent script without screams and stupidity. I bet she must be liking these audios a whole lot more than her original appearances on tv! And of course, terry molloy is brilliant as davros.

this story boasts good sci fi mixed with some quite gross touches of horror, fancy opening a machanoid to find a smelly heart inside, yuck. this is definitely worthy of being called a classic, as it has many good characters and a cracking good storyline. colin baker doesnt even really need a mention, he just keeps getting better and better all the time. exceptional1!!
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on 31 January 2005
This story seems ideal for a Mystery Science Theatre treatment. Why the BBC would allow this childish, anoraky story to be published is a mystery? Especially coming with the release of the new series. Perhaps this is one of the reasons they are not taking any more new proposals for novels anymore. This would certainly taint the pool of prospective new fans.
I could barely stay awake through it. The audio acting was mostly good or great (especially Molloy's performance) given the crap script. The story is plodding, jumps from here to there with no explanation, the dialogue is a mix between Full House and Mutant X with Davros' lines sounding like Phantom Menace's petulant Hayden Christensen. How somebody could mess up such an exciting cast as Davros and the Daleks is amazing (Terry Nation is turning over in his grave). The synopsis made is sound very exciting, but it wasn't at all. Big disappointment reminiscent of the McCoy era of Doctor Who.
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the above may sound like a recipe for a piece of fanboy action but it's anything of the sort. A well written tale which pulls one big twist in the first episode that you really should see coming but don't. Good material for colin baker and superb material for bonnie langford who once again proves what a good actress she is when given good writing to work with.

Some of the supporting cast aren't quite so good, but one shock moment late on will make you scream as loudly as they do.

And you won't forget the ending in a hurry. Highly recommended
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