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177. Daleks Among Us

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Reviewed By: NewWorldreviewsReview Date: 10/16/15 11:17 am
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While Starlight Robbery showed a little promise for this arc, this promise was soon squandered by Daleks Among Us. Quite simply, Daleks Among Us is a terrible release, simply because it adds little new to the series. It just takes a load of ideas used before: a society in denial of it's problems (The Happiness Patrol), the extraction of critical information from the Doctor (Genesis Of The Daleks), a companion character with a doppelgänger key to the plot (The Androids Of Tara), Dalek duplicates (Resurrection Of The Daleks), the clone Davros (Terror Firma), the Daleks working for a Nazi (a slight twist on the Victory Of The Daleks formula), Klein's questioning of the Doctor over his spying (UNIT Dominion) etc, etc. and doesn't develop these at all. Instead, it just ploughs through trope after trope, rehashing them simply because it can and because all Doctor Who fans like stories that shamelessly rehash continuity. I think Alan Barnes was trying to present the Daleks as this kind of shadowy force (like in his earlier Brotherhood Of The Daleks) but here, they just came across as tin soldiers slaved to Schulk or Falkus or whoever. By the end, they were just reduced to repeating words that others finished their sentences with. The story itself just wandered aimlessly, padded to the hilt full of exposition, with Alan Barnes just crudely bolting bits to the arc in order to tell an 'epic' story. Klein's visit to her parents was, frankly, silly, and I became really annoyed at this section of the story in particular. It just felt like Barnes needed to drag it out into four turgid, mind draining nonsense. And the whole of this arc concludes with? The Daleks are planning to use the Persuasion Machine to conquer the universe! Wow, so orginal! I'd never have guessed that one! After three stories of build up, that's all we get. Nothing really new, nothing unique. Just the same old idea rehashed again and again and again. The characters are also thinly sketched out too, meaning that Karran and Falkus are merely steriotypes, rather than genuine characters. And Schulk is literally the most unlikeable character in Doctor Who history, that you feel like a national day of celebration is required when he dies. I know he's a Nazi, but I feel like they could have tried to explore some interesting angle with that, rather than left him as a ranting maniac. Because that stereotype is never associated with the Nazis. Will, similarly, has had no work done with him in this story. After showing some real promise in Starlight Robbery, and Christian Edwards putting in a much better performance. However, all that work is undone here, with Will reverting to type. Most of the time, he's in the background, meaning all of Sylvester McCoy's cryptic comments in Persuasion all seem to have gone to waste. And the acting isn't much better: Jonathan Forbes gives his worst ever Big Finish performance, the guest cast are one note, Christian Edwards feels completely disconnect from the material and McCoy is left to rant his way through the story, something that he should never be given to do. Only Terry Molloy (who, as usual, puts in a pitch perfect performance) and Tracey Childs give good performances, but even Tracy joins in the madness with her outrageous Elizabeth Wolkenwrath portrayal, leaving Molloy single handedly to hold the story up. Ken Bentley clearly has no care or control, and it shows: he is unconcerned by what his actors are doing, and just let's proceedings drift on. It's a shame, because a tighter director like Nick Briggs or Barney Edwards could have brought some results. Thank God, therefore, for Wilfredo Acosta, who's music and sound design is pitch perfect. In particular, his dark and moody score is well appreciated. Other than a half decent performance from Molloy and Childs, some good post-production work and the chance to hear someone say 'I am the Fuher of the Daleks', Daleks Among Us ends one of Big Finish's worst trilogies in nothing more than abject failure.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/26/15 6:27 am
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'Daleks Among Us' was written by Alan Barnes and is the third story in the 2013 Seventh Doctor audio trilogy, and follows on from 'Star Light' robbery. This story was recorded on 5 and 6 February 2013 and released in September. To fully appreciate this you really need to know the back story of both Klein and Davros, plus have listened to the two previous stories in the trilogy: 'Persuasion' and 'Starlight Robbery'

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"AZIMUTH DEPARTMENT OF RE-EDUCATION
REMINDER: TO ALL CITIZENS
There are no Daleks on Azimuth. There have never been Daleks on Azimuth.
Twenty years ago, the Daleks did not invade Azimuth. There was no war. There were no death camps. A man named 'the Doctor' did not help liberate Azimuth.
There are no such things as Daleks. They do not exist. There are no Daleks among us.
UPDATE: TO ALL CITIZENS
A strange blue box has not appeared in Monument Plaza. Off-worlders named 'the Doctor', 'Elizabeth Klein' and 'Will Arrowsmith' are not at large in the city. For your own safety, should you not see any of the above, report at once to the Department of Re-education, Azimuth Central.
NEVER REMEMBER"

I love it when BF use original theme tunes and hearing Keff McCulloch's composition of the theme tune always puts a smile on my face. Wilfredo Acosta’s music and sound effects of manage to convey atmosphere without having spelling it out. The sounds are clear and crisp. Ken Bentley’s directing is rather stolid, as is McCoy's performance. The acting is mostly good all round but I find Tracey Childs as 'Klein' dull and uninteresting, maybe that's the way she is written. 'Will Arrowsmith' is played Christian Edwards and is a light hearted coward, and possibly the most exasperating character in all this.

The premise is that there may be Daleks Among us. How unexciting. There are a few good ideas and twists which make it enjoyable though. The trilogy is tied together by the idea of the persuasion machine and is a very loose theme that could really have been dropped as it doesn't add a lot. This is also about giving 'Klein' an established place in history. Lots of good ideas but they don't really seem to gel together as well as they should which makes this strangely boring at times, but at least it has good production values I suppose.

Another story that attempts to make a laboured comparison between Daleks and Nazis. Davros is ineffectual and unnecessary other than serving an equally laboured theme of parenthood. The Daleks are reduced to foot soldiers. The acting is average the story is oddly lopsided and removing some of the filler could at least get it going along at a decent pace but what is any of this about? Is it about the Doctor and Davros, giving Klein a back story or resolving the trilogy about this persuasion machine? Not bad just not all that good either
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/29/15 9:44 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The final part of our adventures with No7 and Klein end up with us travelling to AZIMUTH, where it appears there is a Orwellian nightmare being played out to the people who cannot see the Daleks for the trees as it where. We have a wonderful juxtaposition here of the Doctor who seemingly understands what is going on. However the real let down of this is McCoy probably one of the sourest hits from him in a good while. The setup between himself and Klein is awful and let’s down the whole two episodes we have listened to prior to this outing. We learn a disturbing fact about Dr Klein that she is the product of a scientific experiment, she herself from her own past was a genetically created baby, nurtured by the Nazi’s in the 1940’s Reich and then bought to England by her father. We then have the character of Will who is basically useless in this drama altogether and seems to have a been put into the action as plot method of getting him to divulge the whole Persuasion project to Davros. There are lot of mixed reviews about this, I for one feel that this is ill directed, rushed and McCoy falls back into his bad old ways.

Is it a fitting end to the trilogy for the 7th Doctor, I think not. This is a laboured release that does not get to the crux. I felt let down from this a great deal.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 9/22/13 3:50 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The story is continuity heavy and serves as the third part of the trilogy, not in any way as a stand alone story.

The first episode is rather tedious and in many ways uninteresting as the team arrives on Azimuth where we are introduced to the dalek plot. Daleks again, yawn, and not even interesting ones.

Then at the end of the first epiosde "Mr Spoiler" appears creating an axcellent cliffhanger leading into a very good second episoed. By the thirs episode the tension has petered off again.

There are really two plots here, one involving the daleks and the other Klein's past, neither works well while the continued saga of the persuasion machine again fails to hold my attention. The concept of this device is probably the greatest flaw of the trilogy and the fact it ties the three stories together is what weakens it.

There are some grand moments in this and the main voice are acting well. Tracey Childs does not let anyone down here as she continues quality acting with a well written character. Will has dropped further back into the realm of comedy relief. Again I found too many german accents, though there were better reasons for it this time.

Despite my swag of issues, the second episode was top rate and the well crafted moments were excellent.
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