Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 5/25/17 1:50 am
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I find it rather difficult to rate and review this episode in isolation, as it really doesn't tell a complete story. "Dalek Empire" is better understood as one story told in four installments. Each installment is somewhat distinct from all of the others, but they work better as one continuous story. If Dalek Empire were released today, it would be as a single four-part box set rather than four individual releases. Still, I'll endeavor to make some observations about each installment in turn.
"Invasion of the Daleks" gets us off to an intriguing start. The script wastes very little time getting us into the action, but I feel like this is actually something of a problem. The story puts a great deal of emotional weight on the love story between Alby and Suz, but their relationship barely has time to be properly established before they're torn apart. With four 70-minute episodes to play with, there's plenty of time for high-intensity Dalek action. I think the story might have worked better had it taken more time in the beginning to establish the principle characters, their relationships, and the setting before the Daleks come screaming out of the sky.
Still, even without much development, the main characters all work very well, and the rollicking, fast-paced space opera approach suits the material wonderfully. The story is clear, compelling, and intriguing. Unfortunately, it leans a bit too heavily on some rather implausible coincidences, which is a problem that only gets worse in subsequent installments.