Reviewed By: traves8853
Review 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'
"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.
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