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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 4/2/16 2:25 pm
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Saloran Hardue, is being sort by the galactic union, they require her help. Tarkov as come a long way to find her. A year of travelling as bought, them to her. Hardue feels that they have been hard done by. They talk about the great catastrophe, that their galaxy years ago was ruled by a much more advanced civilisation. Something that Hardue believes in where everyone else does not, Tarkov has bought am encrypted signal for her to look at which contain a metal fragment which they cannot pinpoint as to what it is. The signal as derived from outside of their galaxy. Tarkov tells them that the message came through a freak wormhole, several thousand light years away. Everyone who thinks like her is thought of as a lunatic. Tarkov tells her of the places he has visited which bear out Hardue thinking that this was the past, and not what they are being told. Tarkov asks Hardue to tell him everything that she has found on this planet. She asks for the corrupted signal to be handed over to her people

Hardue sleeps in a burial chamber, the last resting place of Kalendorf, Hardue asks if Tarkov as ever been to earth, she tells them how the great catastrophe, and of the bringer of death. She talks to him about the similarities about how they all point to Kalendorf, the dark one, who bought about the great catastrophe. But he isn't the reason. She tells of how the Knihts of Valecia are telepaths. The chamber is alive with his thoughts, All the tombs statues and artifacts are charged with telepathic memory. Hardue as got locals working on her findings
Hardue tells Tarkov to look around. There is more than just statues there is a shell and case of a Dalek. When Tarkov touchs the case, he is drawn to it, and he starts to hear the Daleks war cry and feel the pain and suffering, he passes out with the sensory overide. Tarkov regains concisousness in Hardue ship, he tells how he feels miles away, and that he is not there but it was attacking him, he thought he was dead. Hardue tells him that he has experinced a Dalek, and tells that they invaded the galaxy, he asks if it caused the great catastrophe, Hardue shows him a playback of what she has found in the burial chamber, it shows cities and massive war ships, full of people. Hardue explains that they are accessing the thoughts that Kalendorf, what he left behind, she tells him about the Earth Alliance and how the Daleks invaded the galaxy, she tells about Kalendorf and Susan Mendez. The story now moves to Alby telling Susan to trust him, then Kalendorf voice is heard. Alby lies dying as Susan has shot him. She starts a radio transmission "this is the angel of mercy I have returned to you", as it is broadcast across the Dalek fleet.
Hardue tells Tarkov that this is the start of the great castorophy and all parties start a war, the Alliance join with the Dalek Supreme and Mentor Daleks retreat, and, the Mentor starts her plan of mind conversion, Kalendorf brings the Dalek elite into the war.
Tarkov asks how Kalendorf defeated the Daleks as at some point, they would turn on Kalendorf.
We hear how Kalendorf brings Susan to Earth so they can extract the Empire from her conscious. She leaves on a Dalek ship
The war carried on, regardless, Kalendorf strategy however was based on a old Valetian ideal.

We hear a radio transmission about a attack that as been lead into battle by Kalendorf, against the Daleks. The allied solider tells, them of how Kalendorf is single minded and spends his time tracking for a signal. We hear the call from Godwin the commander aboard the ship. Kalendorf responds but he switches off his radio, and shouts how he wants to speak to Susan Mendez. A dying Dalek answers Kalendorf's call. The Dalek tells him that he has sacrifcied Susan to the Supreme. Kalendorf smashes the Dalek leaving it dead, the Dalek is now no longer connected to the Mentor anymore. The Dalek slowly ebbs away. His answer is a rhetorical reply to the question why he let the Supreme Daleks, take Susan from him. He cites an old Knight tale of Valecia. Sancroft - defeated by his enemies, and not by the enemy within. Sancroft made those around him that he promoted to swear allegiance victory or death they had to swear, he would telepathically check if they were lying, but on one occasion he found one of them had lied and that she was plotting, Sancroft called her to his council, when he had finished she went back to her castle, killed all of her plotters and then herself.

Kalendorf is found by a squadron and he tells them that the war is not over yet.

We are now aboard a ship, they are listening for a transmisson, Kalendorf hears something, the hone in on it. Kalendorf tells Godwin to magnify the transmission, there is something albeit far away, that they need to investigate. They move closer to it, they find an escape pod. The hull SS Defiant is the legend on the pod.

Kalendorf is trying to communicate from the recovery capsule, but they keep losing radio contact. They are also losing him on scan as well, Godwin wants him back. Kalendorf will not let them back. Then the comms are lost. Kalendorf docks with the escape pod. But Kalendorf's recovery pod as disappeared. Kalendorf, docks and boards the pod. He opens the escape pod door, when he opens it however, it is not the escape pod, he hears a Dalek, who tells him that the atmosphere is ok for humanoids. The Daleks tell him that he is no longer in his universe, but in the one that the Mentors control. He is taken to see her.

He asks where Mirana is, the Mentor tells Kal that Mirana was not found alive, it was too long ago. Mentor has used the pod to lure Kal to her. The Mentor wants to why he turned against them. Kal tells the Mentor that he decided early on he did not trust the Mentor and her Daleks When Kal captures a Dalek they are fighting early on in the war, after it releases a virus into Kal ship. Kal orders the links to be cut so no further information can be passed. Kal talk to the Dalek, he communicates to the Dalek, telepathically. Kal tells the Dalek he has Susan Mendez and he will let them have her.
Kal tells the Mentor that he decided after he discovered that anyone who didn't fight with her alliance were destroyed. Hence is change of sides and his decision to plant the seed in the mind of the Dalek.
Kal argues that there is freedom of choice, and that we should have the power to make our own choices, and he does not agree with the mind changing techniques. The Mentor argues that Kalendorf is a warrior and he thrives on war.
The Mentor shows Kal a world she is from were there is contentment, and that there should no be war.
Kal is asked if he thinks he is winning the war. The Mentor, tells Kal that no one is winning the war, she tells Kal that the battle computers predict no one will ever win the war. Mentor tries to cut a deal. But Kalendorf will not accept. Kalendorf as predicted every move from start to finish with both sets of Dalek advisories. He also has the honour, and belief of his heritage as a knight of Valensia. The plan of Sancroft figures heavily in the fight, and the fact plays out to the very end. When we hear Kalendorf meet finally with Susan Mendez, who now is essentially acting out as the Emperor Dalek, in control of her Dalek minions. It is the call that Kal as implemented into her mind many years before of "Victory or Death" this essentially wins the war, by using the ancient battle cry. This brings on the Great Catastrophe.

Hardue and Tarkov are now aware that those signals they have encountered are not dormant and that a whole new race of Daleks are destined to soon be breaking through to once again wrote havoc and a new Dalek Empire will be sort.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 4/2/16 6:54 am
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Enjoying shore leave on the moons of Venus is a dangerous thing for the troops under Kalendorf's control, as it appears that they have been the victims of sabotage. The Daleks have put Vaga plants which are genetically altered to turn those that are stung by them into psychotic killers, with a pack mentality. Kalendorf orders there retreat, but not after there have been quite a few of his men infected, who have also now left the moon planet, intent on stoping the alliance fleets. Mirana and her command in chief escape from the Defiant only to die from lack of oxygen aboard an escape pod. Meanwhile Alby and Suz are together, it is now obvious that the conscious of the Emperor was put into her mind, as she was the one most likely to survive, or be found, either through love or because she was the Angel of Mercy.


Kalendorf is now under suspicion by the Mentor she questions all of his activities and his comings and goings. She is not satisfied and in the exchange essentially summons him to Lopra Minor, where he will no doubt face re-assignment, essentially he will turned into a Dalek. On his escorted exit to be sent on his way, he escapes. It would seem to us now that the so called Daleks from the future are in fact no better than those from the past. Meanwhile Alby and Susan are finally together. The question is however what part of the Dalek Emperor mind is Suz, affected, there is although choice to be made as to whether or not her existence in itself is self defeating for the resistance and potential over throw of the Dalek governance, whether that be from the Dalek of the past or the Daleks from the future.

The third instalment is full to the brim of plot, there are more things going on, and it pays to clear some time so you can concentrate on the comings and goings. The whole thing is masterfully written by Nick Briggs, and bought to the audio stage by I think one of the best ensemble casts ever in a Big Finish production. It oozes class and it also commands a massive confidence in the brush strokes used in production of the work. The whole thing feels and sounds epic. With the fact that many of the characters in this third episode are put to the sword without consideration for continuation shows real confidence in the writing and the need to move the story of the conflict forwards, at no expense spared speak volumes.


The ending comes and you think where do we go next. I look forward to the next hour or so finding out what is going to happen, with so much going on this time around it makes you really wonder.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 3/29/16 6:31 am
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The episode builds on the first release, and extends the story arc of the fact that we now have two sets of Daleks, those who have enslaved and caused destruction and mayhem. Then we have the Daleks from the future who are intent on ridding the galaxy of these Daleks as they have broken all laws and decency. We also now have a very bleary eyed but awoken rebel leader in the shape of Susan Mendez, aboard Mirana ship, who is recalling in flashback what Alby and Kalendorf have been up to whilst she has been in a suspended sleep. In return Susan tells of her last days before her enforced cryogenic sleep. The flash back's are brilliantly orchestrated offering a real insight into the life that has gone for over 5 years between Susan disappearance and now. In the meantime Alby Brooks, is scouting a cargo ship that has caused some concern to him. This turns out to be a Dalek ship, which it would appear there as been a severe battle between the Daleks and the Rebel Daleks. He comes across a operating theater where it appears a simulation of some sort of operation or technique as been practiced, the hologram is that of the Emperor Dalek himself. Alby further investigation of the ship is interrupted by a incoming Dalek convoy. He manages however to assist a human inhabitant who was being treated on this ship, a ship which is much more than a hospital vessel.

The long awaited meeting between Alby and Susan however is thwarted when Alby arrives at Susan ship with not only his new friend from the hospital ship but a hoard of Daleks in tow. Kalendorf is off to see what is happening further afield, and the every growing mistrust of the Mentor is now more than ever obvious to all.

What we have here is solid second episode building and also filling in on a lot of the past history of the threesome. There is a building mistrust which is wonderfully conveyed by Kalendorf and Mirana is a semi sarcastic way. There seems to be an agenda that the Mentor is keen for them all to play out, non more so that Kalendorf.

All the cast are excellent as ever, and this really once again takes the whole story to a different level.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 3/28/16 9:43 am
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This takes up the story that we left with Kalendorf, Mirana and Alby Brooks entwined into the battle now between the Dalek of the present with the Daleks of the future. It tells us, about the time that has past, and what our lead characters have been up to. Kalendorf is now assisting the Daleks from the future, whom have with their Dalek leader called the Mentor, and we have Mirana captaining her own space cruiser under the direct command of Kalendorf. Alby is roaming around with his own orders. It seems that Kalendorf, may have sided with the future Dalek's but he trusts them no more than his previous masters. There is a plan afoot, and we are getting the first pieces of the puzzle, being put together with the assistance of Mirana and Alby Brooks. Mirana, is on the trail of a cryogenic unit that contains Susan Mendez, who has now become the most wanted person by the Dalek's of the past. Alby has gone off to blow up some space cargo vessel. Kalendorf in the meantime is trying to maintain the status between his Dalek Masters, their Mentor, and still keep his secret subversive plans.

This once again takes the incredibly high standards of the first series, and continues, with the three main characters returning, playing out this space opera on epic scale, the whole thing picks up with the same momentum as before, in fact this time out we get the impression that it is a lot more polished, there is a new theme tune as opposed to a random collection of noises from the first. The script is also tight, and the whole episode as so many plots, sub plots, and reveals that one listen is just not enough. Also there are no pickle onion's in this one.

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