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While Starlight Robbery showed a little promise for this arc, this promise was soon squandered by Daleks Among Us. Quite simply, Daleks Among Us is a terrible release, simply because it adds little new to the series. It just takes a load of ideas used before: a society in denial of it's problems (The Happiness Patrol), the extraction of critical information from the Doctor (Genesis Of The Daleks), a companion character with a doppelgänger key to the plot (The Androids Of Tara), Dalek duplicates (Resurrection Of The Daleks), the clone Davros (Terror Firma), the Daleks working for a Nazi (a slight twist on the Victory Of The Daleks formula), Klein's questioning of the Doctor over his spying (UNIT Dominion) etc, etc. and doesn't develop these at all. Instead, it just ploughs through trope after trope, rehashing them simply because it can and because all Doctor Who fans like stories that shamelessly rehash continuity. I think Alan Barnes was trying to present the Daleks as this kind of shadowy force (like in his earlier Brotherhood Of The Daleks) but here, they just came across as tin soldiers slaved to Schulk or Falkus or whoever. By the end, they were just reduced to repeating words that others finished their sentences with. The story itself just wandered aimlessly, padded to the hilt full of exposition, with Alan Barnes just crudely bolting bits to the arc in order to tell an 'epic' story. Klein's visit to her parents was, frankly, silly, and I became really annoyed at this section of the story in particular. It just felt like Barnes needed to drag it out into four turgid, mind draining nonsense. And the whole of this arc concludes with? The Daleks are planning to use the Persuasion Machine to conquer the universe! Wow, so orginal! I'd never have guessed that one! After three stories of build up, that's all we get. Nothing really new, nothing unique. Just the same old idea rehashed again and again and again. The characters are also thinly sketched out too, meaning that Karran and Falkus are merely steriotypes, rather than genuine characters. And Schulk is literally the most unlikeable character in Doctor Who history, that you feel like a national day of celebration is required when he dies. I know he's a Nazi, but I feel like they could have tried to explore some interesting angle with that, rather than left him as a ranting maniac. Because that stereotype is never associated with the Nazis. Will, similarly, has had no work done with him in this story. After showing some real promise in Starlight Robbery, and Christian Edwards putting in a much better performance. However, all that work is undone here, with Will reverting to type. Most of the time, he's in the background, meaning all of Sylvester McCoy's cryptic comments in Persuasion all seem to have gone to waste. And the acting isn't much better: Jonathan Forbes gives his worst ever Big Finish performance, the guest cast are one note, Christian Edwards feels completely disconnect from the material and McCoy is left to rant his way through the story, something that he should never be given to do. Only Terry Molloy (who, as usual, puts in a pitch perfect performance) and Tracey Childs give good performances, but even Tracy joins in the madness with her outrageous Elizabeth Wolkenwrath portrayal, leaving Molloy single handedly to hold the story up. Ken Bentley clearly has no care or control, and it shows: he is unconcerned by what his actors are doing, and just let's proceedings drift on. It's a shame, because a tighter director like Nick Briggs or Barney Edwards could have brought some results. Thank God, therefore, for Wilfredo Acosta, who's music and sound design is pitch perfect. In particular, his dark and moody score is well appreciated. Other than a half decent performance from Molloy and Childs, some good post-production work and the chance to hear someone say 'I am the Fuher of the Daleks', Daleks Among Us ends one of Big Finish's worst trilogies in nothing more than abject failure.