Reviewed By: katrinaau
Review Date: 3/18/13 3:50 pm
2 out of 4 found this review helpful.
My favourite TARDIS crew and a thoroughly good story.
To discuss one of the reasons why I enjoy this story, it is necessary to go into spoiler territory.
The monster involved is, of course, a Dalek. It came as an enormous surprise when I listened to the opening episode. I was like "but surely BF would have publicised a Dalek story" and lo and behold they didnt. Whilst I grant you, the main villain in this story doesnt turn out to be the loan, damaged pepperpot it does strike me that as a Doctor Who fan this kind of a reveal of a monster is much more enjoyable than the way Big Finish wheel them out every other month with a story with "Dalek" in the title.
How pleasurable would it be to have a Big Finish "Earthshock"? A story where you know nothing about the story and then at the end of episode 1, you discover the main villain is actually one of the more famous classic Who monsters and you can feel the hairs on the back of your neck?
With Big Finish, we ALWAYS know what's coming. There are no surprises anymore. I appreciate BF need to generate publicity for their range, but (this story aside) they are becoming too reliant on Daleks; for which I blame Nick Briggs - nothing personal against him, but his autonomous control of BF worries me (what hat is he wearing this week? Managing Director? Director? Actor? Writer? Producer?).
Regardless, I enjoyed "The Elite" as (a) it was a surprise and (b) the Dalek was dealt with differently than normal. A great story and a nice twist on the normal.