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This was excellent. An action-packed, dramatic entry into the Doctor's battles with the Daleks, specifically 7's. The first episode sets the stage for a strong story and the following episodes simply ramp it up from there. There's something almost pedestrian about the bulk of the first episode. Had the Daleks not been revealed in the opening moments, there's not a whole lot that we would find out of the ordinary (with the exception of the advanced video game...). Of course, that all gets turned on its ear in short order and by the second episode things really start to take off.
The regulars acquit themselves well, and Bonnie Langford is fantastic as Mel. McCoy has a lot fun with this one, but at times he sounds a little tired and others as though he's really pushing for the emotion. That said, it's still a great performance and those are nitpicks.
The supporting cast is quite nice, especially Angus Wright as Alek Zenos but everyone is more than up to the task of this story. One also can't help but wonder if we'll see Celia Dunthorpe again... There are some really nice twists and turns in the plotting for these supporting roles and you can tell the cast was having a great time working on this one.
There are some callbacks to other Dalek stories and I think it's wise to have some familiarity. The Daleks, Planet of the Daleks, Evil of the Daleks and Remembrance of the Daleks (though technically, this story takes place before Remembrance) would fit the bill, but are certainly not required.
In addition to being a cracking story there's some nice socio-political-economic commentary to boot, thought it does get a little lost in the action to come. Chuckles can't help but come int he treatment of some of these threads, in particular the Daleks desire to rule the economy.
Overall, very good stuff and certainly worth a listen. As someone who has read a lot about the disappointment overall of the 7th Doctor's run in the audios, this one will stand out amongst his better, if not best, outings. Recommended.