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93. Renaissance of the Daleks

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 12/18/18 4:42 pm
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Renaissance has a few really good concepts at it's core but doesn't quite make them work. The opening premise is very interesting; the Daleks have advanced their experiments with time travel to retry their invasion of Earth (Hartnell's Invasion) and undo/avoid their failure. Their plan includes priming generations of humans to be susceptible to Dalek ideology, whispering in their ears throughout history and inadvertently creating wormholes throughout various wars in Earth's history. This could have made for a great opening volley leading towards the Time War but instead the plot falls apart at the seams. The soldiers Nyssa picks up through history are all a bit one dimensional and fail to add much to the story. Floyd, a former slave turned Confederate soldier from the American Civil War, in particular is flawed with a backstory that clashes with his historical period and an over the top portrayal that is in bad taste from a 21st century perspective. The General Tillington character is also problematic, introduced in the first act as a potentially well meaning antagonist but falling by the wayside without contributing much. By time the plot unfolds and Nyssa's separation from The Doctor is explained in the 3rd part the script has jumped in a completely different direction and becomes increasingly convoluted. As a whole, the story isn't great but has some good moments if you can overlook its flaws and suffer through a miserable final act.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/23/17 6:21 am
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To echo many other reviewers, this is flawed but nowhere near as bad as its reputation in some quarters. Renaissance of the Daleks is a mad story, but much of the madness is entertaining, and engaging as we're given a mystery, a mystery involving communicating across time, alternate dimensions, and one of the more utterly bizarre ideas the Daleks ever came up with.

The story's enjoyable. Yet, not every character hits the right notes, and the truth about the Dalek's plot is beyond convoluted. However, this is a story that tries to be entertaining and fun. There's true effort that goes into the production and despite its problems, it more or less succeeds. It's far from perfect, but it's not a bad listen at all.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/8/17 11:27 pm
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There's a lot wrong with this story, but it's not the absolute train wreck some make it out to be. Far from it. Still, my score of "7" might strike some as too high. To me, a "7" indicates a story which is neither good nor bad. Usually, I give a "7" to a story which is bland, forgettable, and mediocre. In this case, it's more because the merits of the story are balanced out by its defects.

Let's start with Floyd. I'm not disputing the historical accuracy of a black ex-slave siding with he Confederacy, because I'm not an expert on the U.S. Civil War, but historical accuracy isn't everything anyway. This is a story intended for a modern audience, and the U.S. Civil War is very much a contentious issue in America today. If you're going to deal with it, you had better deal with it carefully. Perhaps some black ex-slaves really did believe that the Civil War was fought over states' rights rather than slavery, but I doubt it. That's a canard of revisionist history. The Civil War was explicitly about slavery. Now, maybe Floyd didn't know that. That's okay. But since no one else in the story challenged his account, this story is inadvertently misinforming its audience in a very troubling way. I assume that Bidmead (and/or Briggs, who reportedly wrote the final version of the script based on Bidmead's unusable draft) just doesn't know much about the American Civil War and was misled by some bad sources. That's forgivable, but it's not okay. Using a black ex-slave character to push a racist whitewashing of the Confederacy is not okay.

And the story has problems. It's complicated, difficult to follow, and that "Three Blind Mice" sequence just doesn't work. On the other hand, it contains some really strong concepts and ideas. It's underdeveloped, but the idea that Daleks are conditioning humans by using pro-war propaganda is a wonderful anti-war statement. Also on the plus side, Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton put in outstanding performances (with the exception of some unfortunate cliffhanger acting from Sutton).

The story is fundamentally flawed, there's no denying it. But it's not a total disaster, and it's got the makings of a good story in there somewhere if you get past the flaws. It doesn't help that some of the characters are exceptionally annoying (looking at you, Major Alice). But go in with patience and an open mind. It's worth a listen.
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 3/10/15 3:12 pm
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Not the best but bit deserving of all the hate that is poured on it. Just what the hell were those noises that Floyd made when he was upset?