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201. We Are the Daleks

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 12/17/18 2:21 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

As a "Last Starfighter" homage, this is a decent alien invasion story. Mel gets a chance to put her computer programmer background to use and have a bit of personality generally vacant from her TV serials. Unfortunately, this is supposed to be a Dalek story and it underwhelms in that regard. Sure, lots of classic Dalek themes come up. Humans are mind controlled a la the Robomen from Invasion and there's talk of human or Dalek factors from Evil but there's never really much of a direct threat from the Daleks. It's as if the story were written with a different alien and Daleks were name dropped in at the last moment to spice things up. Instead it has the opposite effect and turns a decent but forgettable story into an underwhelming disappointment.
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Reviewed By: HexagoraDalekReview Date: 12/1/18 5:28 am
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A bit reminiscent of the lost story The Elite, but a classic nonetheless. Fair balance of humour and drama, you can't do a Mel story without humour and it is great to see her doing something smart that isn't having her as a basic sidekick. The seventh doctor also shines in this story and no time is wasted introducing the daleks or making them a surprise villain.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/1/18 6:24 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Many Dalek stories resemble each other. To its credit, We are the Daleks does enough to distinguish itself. As has been mentioned before, the story uses a bit of a mash up between Doctor Who and the Last Starfighter as the Daleks use video games sold on Earth to help with fighting their own war.

The story has a lot of great comic moments as Morris goes for satire, as well as some epic scenes. It also gives Mel a really juicy role. Where the story falls down is a lack of logic in many of the character actions and motivations, as well as a script that tries too hard to pull a rabbit out of its hat one too many times. Still, the story was a very enjoyable way to kick off the next 100 Big Finish releases.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 11/2/15 9:07 pm
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"Greetings Star fighter, you have been recruited by the Daleks to defend the frontier against Thals and the Kodan armada."

I couldn't help but see the parallels to the Last Star Fighter in episode two. Though it also had shades of Remembrance of the Daleks by using the creativity of children rather than their own cold logic in battle.

There are a few good ideas in here, and a few well used ones as the Doctor discovers Daleks making a corporate take over of Great Britain while selling video games. This produces a mix of hard drama with off beat comedy which is very typical of a Mel and Seven story.

The acting is quite good and it needs to be as we shift paradigms between comedy and drama with quite a large cast of characters each with their own motivations and stories. This one is packed quite full of characters: The Billionaire investor, the investigative journalist, the politician, the video game enthusiast, as well as daleks thals and a timelord.

This is intended to be a fun story with some surprises and it succeeds.