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1.1 - Blood of the Daleks: Part 1

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 5/1/19 12:58 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The EDA radio range kicks off with Lucie Miller being thrown into the TARDIS and a resulting unplanned landing on a dystopian world on the brink of annihilation. Lucie's arivial is a mystery that must wait as she and the Doctor navigate angry mobs whilst trying to understand their predicament. Everything is fine, though, because some friendly aliens called Daleks are on their way to save everyone.

This is an interesting story that succeeds in bridging a Classic Who story into the NuWho format. Easing the listener in with a 2-parter helps give extra narrative space to introduce a new companion while still keeping the faster pace of the modern series. Lucie is immediately likeable and a great personality contrast to Eight. A solid supporting cast rounds out a solid script that is straightforward and refreshingly uses the Daleks as a threat without resorting to nonstop lasers and explosions.

It's familiar enough to reassure old fans, different enough to peak the interest, and still manages to be accessible to someone unfamiliar with the series. I don't know what more you could ask for to start a new range.
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Reviewed By: TigerSamuraiReview Date: 2/7/19 3:56 pm
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A solid start for the BBC7/Big Finish EDAs. The balance between Lucie's arrival and mystery and the plot of the individual story isn't always perfect, but Sheridan Smith makes for a great companion and challenge for McGann's Doctor. There are some spotty bits of dialogue between the two where they try to force the beginning of the relationship, but it's overall forgivable as the rest of the story holds up very well and the character moments between the two in part 2 are served well by the set up.

The atmosphere of the episode plays out well with a wonderful soundscape and it's generally very easy to visualize what's happening. The special effects enhance an already strong story breathing a lot of life into the play.

The supporting cast deserves high marks and their interplay with the Doctor and Lucie is well-done.

The use of the Daleks can feel a bit gimmicky as I question if the story would be any less strong replacing them with a new species. That said, Briggs does his usual excellent work and the differences between the two races of Daleks works well. Of course, it's really Asha (Haley Atwell) that shines as an antagonist for the Doctor almost more-so than the threat of the Daleks. The scenes between the two are absolutely a highlight of the story.

Overall, this first part is an excellent introduction to the new series and feels more NuWho (not a huge fan of that term, but suppose it's apropos here) than the earlier Big Finish Main Range Eighth Doctor stories. It definitely holds up well on re-listens as I've given this one a go 3 times over the past few years and enjoyed each listen in equal measure. While I would heartily recommend starting with Storm Warning for Eight's audio adventures, Blood of the Daleks Part 1 is a superb jumping on point.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/1/17 7:36 pm
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My only complaint about this story is that the Doctor and Lucie spend so much of it apart. This has an upside, of course, in that it gives us a chance to see how Lucie handles things. Certainly, separating the Doctor from his companion is a tried and true method of making sure the companion is well-served by the story, something which has not always been the case in the history of the program. It works here... Lucie definitely gets plenty to do in her debut outing. The only downside is that it doesn't do much to develop the relationship between the Doctor and Lucie. I think if there's ever a story where the companion should stick close to the Doctor, it's a companion's debut story. Still, Lucie's a terrific character, and Sheridan Smith's performance brings her instantly to life.

The script does a great job with setting, as well. With only a handful of characters and without relying too much on exposition, the script still manages to give the story a very definite sense of place. Listening to this episode, you get a real sense of how desperate and hopeless things have become on Red Rocket Rising. This is important, as otherwise it's difficult to imagine anyone being taken in by the Daleks.

Asha is a terrific character, and Hayley Atwell gives a strong performance, supported by a strong script. Revealing that one character we've never met before is actually another character we've never met at all is a difficult thing to land, but Steve Lyons manages to make it work.
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Reviewed By: Doctor Alec HardyReview Date: 9/1/15 9:13 pm
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The perfect story to introduce the magnificent Lucie Miller. From conspiracies to deceptions, this story has it all. Well, that and it has Paul Mcgann and Daleks. LOTS and LOTS of Daleks! And that guy with the tinfoil hat and the gun. I've forgotten his name... Oh yeah. Thanks above credits! I remember now, that was Tom Cardwell; great character.