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177. Daleks Among Us

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/16/17 11:49 am
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This one is full of concepts and ideas, many of them are brilliant, many of them not so much. This was, in many ways, a very frustrating story. When you get into the second half of the story, you have revelations flying at you left and right. Some of them are brilliant such as the truth about Doctor Klein's origins and the origin of the mysterious young scientist that has made the Persuasion machine a reality, and then is often hit by something stupid, such as the final plot twist after the apparent death of one of the game characters.

Perhaps, the biggest flaw of this story is that it has so many ideas that it can't deal with them properly. For example, the Doctor is tortured to obtain every act of virtue he's ever done so that the villains can undo it and the villain stops the Doctor early on so he can get on with his own scheme. So apparently, our villain's biggest weakness is a short attention span or poor planning one. The main story idea of a society that decides to forget its oppression at the hands of the Daleks through aggressive enforcement is barely explored at all. The entity for Persuasion is dealt with a strictly obligatory manner that's quite disappointing given the set up. Will Arrowsmith never impresses or lives up to the promise he showed in the first story.

The saving grace of this story is Terry Malloy's performance as Davros and Tracey Childs turns in as good a performance as the material will allow. There are also enough interesting moments and ideas to make this worthwhile. Overall, this isn't horrible but It could have been a lot better with a much more disciplined script.

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/26/15 10:27 am
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'Daleks Among Us' was written by Alan Barnes and is the third story in the 2013 Seventh Doctor audio trilogy, and follows on from 'Star Light' robbery. This story was recorded on 5 and 6 February 2013 and released in September. To fully appreciate this you really need to know the back story of both Klein and Davros, plus have listened to the two previous stories in the trilogy: 'Persuasion' and 'Starlight Robbery'

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"AZIMUTH DEPARTMENT OF RE-EDUCATION
REMINDER: TO ALL CITIZENS
There are no Daleks on Azimuth. There have never been Daleks on Azimuth.
Twenty years ago, the Daleks did not invade Azimuth. There was no war. There were no death camps. A man named 'the Doctor' did not help liberate Azimuth.
There are no such things as Daleks. They do not exist. There are no Daleks among us.
UPDATE: TO ALL CITIZENS
A strange blue box has not appeared in Monument Plaza. Off-worlders named 'the Doctor', 'Elizabeth Klein' and 'Will Arrowsmith' are not at large in the city. For your own safety, should you not see any of the above, report at once to the Department of Re-education, Azimuth Central.
NEVER REMEMBER"

I love it when BF use original theme tunes and hearing Keff McCulloch's composition of the theme tune always puts a smile on my face. Wilfredo Acosta’s music and sound effects of manage to convey atmosphere without having spelling it out. The sounds are clear and crisp. Ken Bentley’s directing is rather stolid, as is McCoy's performance. The acting is mostly good all round but I find Tracey Childs as 'Klein' dull and uninteresting, maybe that's the way she is written. 'Will Arrowsmith' is played Christian Edwards and is a light hearted coward, and possibly the most exasperating character in all this.

The premise is that there may be Daleks Among us. How unexciting. There are a few good ideas and twists which make it enjoyable though. The trilogy is tied together by the idea of the persuasion machine and is a very loose theme that could really have been dropped as it doesn't add a lot. This is also about giving 'Klein' an established place in history. Lots of good ideas but they don't really seem to gel together as well as they should which makes this strangely boring at times, but at least it has good production values I suppose.

Another story that attempts to make a laboured comparison between Daleks and Nazis. Davros is ineffectual and unnecessary other than serving an equally laboured theme of parenthood. The Daleks are reduced to foot soldiers. The acting is average the story is oddly lopsided and removing some of the filler could at least get it going along at a decent pace but what is any of this about? Is it about the Doctor and Davros, giving Klein a back story or resolving the trilogy about this persuasion machine? Not bad just not all that good either
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/29/15 1:44 pm
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The final part of our adventures with No7 and Klein end up with us travelling to AZIMUTH, where it appears there is a Orwellian nightmare being played out to the people who cannot see the Daleks for the trees as it where. We have a wonderful juxtaposition here of the Doctor who seemingly understands what is going on. However the real let down of this is McCoy probably one of the sourest hits from him in a good while. The setup between himself and Klein is awful and let’s down the whole two episodes we have listened to prior to this outing. We learn a disturbing fact about Dr Klein that she is the product of a scientific experiment, she herself from her own past was a genetically created baby, nurtured by the Nazi’s in the 1940’s Reich and then bought to England by her father. We then have the character of Will who is basically useless in this drama altogether and seems to have a been put into the action as plot method of getting him to divulge the whole Persuasion project to Davros. There are lot of mixed reviews about this, I for one feel that this is ill directed, rushed and McCoy falls back into his bad old ways.

Is it a fitting end to the trilogy for the 7th Doctor, I think not. This is a laboured release that does not get to the crux. I felt let down from this a great deal.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 9/22/13 7:50 pm
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The story is continuity heavy and serves as the third part of the trilogy, not in any way as a stand alone story.

The first episode is rather tedious and in many ways uninteresting as the team arrives on Azimuth where we are introduced to the dalek plot. Daleks again, yawn, and not even interesting ones.

Then at the end of the first epiosde "Mr Spoiler" appears creating an axcellent cliffhanger leading into a very good second episoed. By the thirs episode the tension has petered off again.

There are really two plots here, one involving the daleks and the other Klein's past, neither works well while the continued saga of the persuasion machine again fails to hold my attention. The concept of this device is probably the greatest flaw of the trilogy and the fact it ties the three stories together is what weakens it.

There are some grand moments in this and the main voice are acting well. Tracey Childs does not let anyone down here as she continues quality acting with a well written character. Will has dropped further back into the realm of comedy relief. Again I found too many german accents, though there were better reasons for it this time.

Despite my swag of issues, the second episode was top rate and the well crafted moments were excellent.