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1.2 - Fear of the Daleks

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/6/17 1:31 am
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Basically, it's a mediocre story presented rather blandly. For one thing, it's not clear to me why the Daleks are in this story. I'm not sure what their motive is. I can understand why Atrika would want to use the Daleks to help him disrupt the peace negotiations between the Tibari and the Xantha, and it's hardly surprising that the Daleks would betray him, but why would the Daleks pretend to go along with Atrika's plan in the first place? Why do they care about the peace talks, and why employ such subtle, stealthy means? It's not difficult to guess, but the story itself doesn't have much to say about it. The Daleks' only role in the story is to betray Atrika, thereby motivating him to switch sides to defeat the Daleks. Though somewhat predictable, it does make for a reasonably effective denouement. But for the most part, the story would work just as well without them.

This story has a similar framing device to "Frostfire" in that an older Zoe is telling the story to someone else years later. This raises the issue of the memory block imposed by the Time Lords at the end of "The War Games". The script gets around this by having Zoe relate a particularly vivid dream she had, which we understand to be a memory. It works just about as well as it needs to, but it doesn't really add anything. I think the story would have worked a bit better, or at least no worse, as straightforward first-person narration, while dropping the conceit that we're listening to Zoe tell the story to someone else.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/29/15 10:17 am
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There's a very terrifying idea back of, "Fear of the Daleks." The idea of being controlled and forced to kill. Not only that but realizing fully what you are doing is a very scary idea. Yet, Fear of the Daleks doesn't deal with it at all. Instead, we get a techno-babble laden script that is often delivered very quickly. The Companion Chronicles was still finding its way and at this point Wendy Padbury pretty much reads the text with minimal effort to make the characters sound different from one another. She would do far better when she did a Quad of stories beginning with Series 5's "Echoes of Grey" and ending with the final monthly Companion Chronicle, "Second Chances" but here it's a pretty flat reading.

I also did find it a bit unbelievable that when Zoe wanted to leave with the Doctor he showed her a video of his most recent encounter with the Daleks (which had been an entire season of TV adventures before), it's kind of unnecessary given that she runs into the Daleks in this story and running them would be far more traumatic than having a watched a video about them. Overall, the story was an early misfire for the Companion Chronicles. Thankfully, we would get opportunity to hear Zoe at her best later on.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/11/14 8:28 pm
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These little dramas are classy, they are like a trip back to the old valve TV sets of the day when Doctor Who was in Black and White. This adventure I find are the ones that I listen to as I drift off to sleep. They are much more relaxing as they are based around narration by one actor, and reference the Dr that they were with during the televisual years. For this we have a Dalek adventure, and the 2nd Doctor. This is centred around the companion Zoe. As such she plays all the parts, passing off minor imitation of the parts of other characters, where the Dr or anyone who needs to be extruded from the story and given life. It is told in flash back, on a therapists couch, and to be frank, it not a Big Finish stunner, but what it lacks for in it's suave story telling ability it makes up for in it's charm. And for that it is well worth a listen.
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Reviewed By: SkyTwoReview Date: 5/22/13 5:29 am
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Normally I'm looking for stories that give a new spin to the classic series, or at least take advantage of the format to get a bit ambitious in scope. Fear doesn't really do either of those things, but I was still surprised that it's held in such low regard. To me it feels like a pretty faithful recreation of the Troughton era of the show. There's nothing particularly bad about it, it has a nice amount of action, but it isn't a standout. I just don't think it's anything like the bottom of the barrel of the Companion Chronicles line, either.