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The Evil of the Daleks

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Reviewed By: HexagoraDalekReview Date: 2/13/19 12:27 pm
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I really liked this one. Good characters, great plot development, great plot twists. The end of episode 5 is fun and the end of episode 1 reveals the enemy of these episodes (massive spoiler, you’ll never guess it). The doctor and Jamie play well. Not a strong introduction to Victoria, surprisingly most other guest characters are really good though!!
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/24/18 2:30 pm
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Spoiler Alert: This 7-parter seemingly ends with the destruction of the Daleks and that is suitably dramatic. The fact that they eventually returned does not diminish the power of this story as they only reappear 5 series later. That is a long gap without the most famous enemy appearing in the show. The drama and impact in this story is impressive but so too is the story idea itself with the great concept of setting events in the past, present AND future. One aspect of the plot does not fully make sense: Why do they even need to test Jamie to "find the Dalek factor" and why is he seen as the only worthy candidate? It seems an unlikely plan but it there are not clear cut illogical things of a kind that annoys me. The whole story is thrilling and interesting.

Over the course of the story with its different elements a tremendous amount of absorbing entertainment is created. We have Earth in the past, Earth in the 1960s (present day of the time) and an alien planet in the future providing contrasting backgrounds to the action. There are also some fascinating characters such as Maxtible (Marius Goring), good acting especially by Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines with plenty of excitement and fun.

The quality of script writing from David Whitaker is as usual very high and nothing really lets this story down very much except the slightly questionable idea of gaining the 'human factor' from Jamie. Despite that minor 'imperfection' it is a great adventure and a great end to series 4 leading into the superb 5th series.

My Ratings: 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 - 10/10, Episodes 3 & 6 - 9/10

Overall: 9.71/10

Season 4 was a momentous season but in my view falls somewhere in the middle compared to all the other seasons rather than near the top. It has five great stories but it also has one of the show's poorest stories and three stories which are OK but pretty flawed. Innes Lloyd and Gerry Davis running of the series brought some great stories but not consistent greatness.

Average Season 4 rating: 8.38/10
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/14/17 4:44 pm
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Evil of the Daleks is one of the better lost stories with only one of the seven episodes surviving. The strength of the story comes from Jamie's story arc. Essentially, separated from the Doctor for more than half of the story, Jamie has to survive not only with his fists but with his intelligence. He's superb in this story and it's hard to think of any Companion in the Classic Era who had to carry so much of the story and did it so well. This is probably the best Jamie story every done.

The Doctor is an interesting character in this one though given less time than Jamie as he plays a double game with the Daleks as well as with Maxtible. The story has several moments of terror but also some that seem silly. The idea of the Daleks either altering their own structure or that of humans has been done many times since in Doctor Who, a few times it's been done more effectively, but more often less so.

The serial has some odd cliffhangers and it's really debatable whether this story needed an episode and a half to get them to Victorian England, although that did a sense of mystery to the story. Overall, the last of the 1960s Daleks stories is one of the better ones, although it's not quite as good as Power of the Daleks.
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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 10/10/15 7:22 am
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This is another that I only know through the resurrected audio of the original TV Show (now lost). But it is a fast paced story that keeps one entranced right through to the conclusion.

It is notable for numerous glaring plot issues. The Daleks' plan to capture the Doctor and Jamie which takes most of the first two episodes to execute is too elaborate to be really plausible. The daleks are introduced as being unwittingly conjured up through a time experiment by Maxtible and Waterfield but once they are there they appear to use the opportunity to capture the Doctor from the future and bring him back to Victorian England even though they can time travel themselves directly to his space time locale. The sub-plot involving Arthur Terrall is incomprehensible and unresolved.

Nevertheless, Evil of the Daleks is one of those stories that has so much going for it otherwise, the listener has no problem forgiving its blemishes.