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V. Return of the Daleks

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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 10/17/18 7:08 am
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One of my most anticipated listens was the ‘Return’ trilogy of the Bonus Range, featuring the return of three classic monsters. This one wasn’t the one I was most excited for, but I was looking forward to listening to it.
This story strongly ties into the Dalek Empire series, and luckily I have listened to it so I was aware of what was happening. The story is that Kalendorf and ‘the angel of mercy’ Susan Mendez go to the planet Zaleria to negotiate with the native rebellions against the Dalek occupation. The Doctor turns up, teams up with our couple and some natives, when it is revealed that the planet is Spiridon and the Daleks seek to revive the frozen Dalek army (see Planet of the Daleks).
This story is brutal and harsh. Susan has her arm broken by an Ogron and many extras are exterminated. The Daleks reach their full potential as villains, being manipulative and sneaky. They are also scientists in this story, trying to cure Light Wave Sickness. Nicholas Briggs, as always, vocalises the Daleks amazingly, and in this story, they are incredibly menacing. The supporting cast are also very good, but on occasions, I had trouble remembering who was who, as a lot of their voices sound similar. The incidental music and sound effects are very, very good, however I was unaware of much of the settings. Is it a frozen forest like on the cover, or is it the Dalek city? Nothing is described from narration or sound effects.
My main gripe with this story is the plot. It all goes along for most of the story, reaching for the climax. The Daleks kidnap the Doctor, leaving Kalendorf and Susan to escape, and then we hear some narration explaining that the Doctor was imprisoned for many years, and then he defeated the Daleks by turning his research on Light Wave Sickness against them. And then we get a scene with the Doctor returning to the TARDIS. What kind of ending is that!? It’s so anti climatic and rushed, that it defies belief. It is almost like Nick Briggs, wanted to include so much material, the ending was condensed into a narration. It would have been better to omit much of the rebellion and cut to the chase of the Doctor being imprisoned. This story would have worked much, much better as a four part Main Range story to promote Dalek Empire than this truncated script.
Still, its not terrible. I’m excited to listen to the other stories in this anticipated trilogy. Watch out for my reviews of them!
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 9/26/18 1:46 pm
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I plan to circle back to this once I get around to listening to the Dalek Empire series. I had a strong impression that the writers expected the audience to be familiar with Susan Mendez and Kalendorf and didn't bother with much effort to flesh them out here.

Strictly as a late 7th Doctor story it fell a little flat. His scheming was in full effect but The Doctor himself was largely out of frame and didn't do a whole lot in the story.

As a follow-up to the 3rd Doctor's Planet of the Daleks I didn't think it added enough to justify making the sequel.

All in all an okay Dalek story but nothing special. Maybe the Dalek Empire tie in will improve this as an extension of that series.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 10/30/17 11:29 pm
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I can't decide if these bonus releases should be taken at face value, or if I should cut them slack. Are they really proper stories, or are they just a bit of nonsense designed to drive completists crazy? This feels like a novelty story to me, and not just because it's a "crossover" between "Doctor Who" and "Dalek Empire". There's no reason why such a story couldn't have been very good indeed. But this isn't. I'm shocked to see that it has such a high score.

It doesn't add anything of substance to either "Dalek Empire" or "Planet of the Daleks". It just takes the best bits of both and throws them into a single story. I don't know what someone who had never heard "Dalek Empire" would make of this, but for those of us who have heard it, "Return of the Daleks" doesn't cover any new ground. And throwing the Doctor in doesn't add much either, as he's too afraid of "changing history" (which, in this case, is really just a euphemism for "causing continuity problems".

But worse of all is the resolution. The only interesting idea in the whole story is that the Doctor ends up having to work for the Daleks for several years, and it's all passed over in a moment's exposition. Then the Doctor suddenly betrays the Daleks and somehow kills them all by sacrificing his life, only he somehow doesn't die, and the whole story winds up having absolutely no consequences of any kind for anyone at all.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/27/15 7:38 pm
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'Return of the Daleks' features Sylvester McCoy as the seventh Doctor and Sarah Mowat as soon Mendes as this attempts to merge the world of the Dalek Empire series with the world of the Doctor and is set in the middle of the first series. It has something for fans of both as it features Kalendorf and Ogrons. Written by Nick Briggs' and directed by John Ainsworth this audio play was recorded on 20th September and released in December 2006.

It has a sombre tone, very similar to the Dalek Empire series with a suitably subtle performance from Sylvester to match. Gareth Roberts as Kalendorf and Sarah Mowat as Susan Mendes both give stern performances very much in line with the Dalek Empire series feel and in case you haven’t guessed, this is a Dalek Empire episode with the Doctor Who theme tune at either end of it. To be honest the Keff McCulloch arrangement sounds really out of place as it’s quite upbeat against the sombre tone. The Ogrons sound suitably dim though and the music is creepy.

The Doctor doesn't really do much or even appear that often so it’s hard to see why this isn't just another Dalek Empire episode. The Doctor seems to be under the impression that he is there to observe presumably sent by the Timelords. Susan is performing her usual role as the Angel of Mercy visiting planets enslaved by the Daleks while Kalendorf stirs rebellion. Meanwhile the Daleks are searching Spiridon (now called Zaleria) for their buried army from 'Planet of the Daleks'. There are some brutal moments with the Ogrons breaking Susan's arm, make no mistake this is a bleak tale.