Fourth and final entry in a series of four audio plays which tell the story of davros, the creator of the daleks, first seen in the doctor who story genesis of the daleks.
Davros as this story opens is almost the being we met on tv in that story. He falls into the hands of enemies, and is rescued by soldiers lead by lieutenant nyder. Another character who also appeared in genesis of the daleks. The latter has peter miles reprise his role as the character, and he doesn't sound a bit different despite a gap of over thirty years.
Nyder believes in what davros is trying to do to save his people. The politicans don't because davros' scheme has no place for concepts such as morality. But with nyder by his side, can anyone stand in his way?
Strong stuff, and if this had been on tv in 1975 it would have probably gotten a few complaints for how graphic it is. But just like the others in the series, it is also completely gripping drama, and the actors involved are superb. It also poses a few moral questions that will make you think for a while, as all good drama should do.
A great end to a great audio series
This fourth and final installment in Big Finish's audio series features Davros in the familiar form of crippled maniac, as the story of the creation of the Daleks is taken up to the point just prior to the television story Genesis of the Daleks. As ever it's great to hear Terry Molloy as Davros, and an added bonus here is his first meeting with his henchman Nyder, the only problem is this chapter struggles to find anything new to say about Davros. The story deals with Davros being kidnapped by the Thals and subsequently rescued but, contrary to the cover blurb, this doesn't really alter Davros way of thinking as he has already become set on the extermination of the Thals in previous episodes. It's nice top hear some of the blanks in Davros backstory filled in, but despite some excellent performances all round by the time of this play there really isn't much room for any real suprises here. A decent character piece, but a little lacking in plot. NOTE - This final chapter also comes with a bonus 2nd disc featuring behind the scenes interviews.
on 19 October 2012
Well, it's made by Big Finish Productions and this final episode definitely lives up to the name. The last vestiges of humanity are slowly peeled away and the crippled psycopathic genius is revealed in all his dark glory. Amongst several sterling performances, special mention has to go to Peter Miles as Lieutenant Nyder. His portrayal of the coldly sociopathic Security Commander Nyder in 'Genesis of the Daleks' scared the hell out of me more than the icky embryo Daleks did. Ok - that was 1975 and I was only nine. Amazingly, the guy's voice is just as creepily effective as he introduces us to a younger but no less ruthless Nyder.
Other highlights include Davros' 'removal' of the Kaled Ruling Council and the compulsory 'nursery' care ordered by Davros for all new born Kaled children. One of these is Tech-Ops Ludella's baby boy Kento. The following is a sample of the dialogue. However, the degree to which hearing it works on the imagination can't be replicated here.
'Nyder, please see that Ludella is - introduced - to our nursery.'
'Davros, I have found Tech-Op Ludella unconscious outside. What should I do with her?'
'Bring her inside. The children of Davros are - hungry. Who knows, when she wakens to see how pleased her son is to see his mother she may have a change of heart...'