Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 3/23/16 2:06 pm
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Dalek empire, is as far as I am aware the brain child of Nicholas Briggs, Producer of Big Finish. Nicholas often tells people that he wrote to Russel.T.Davies asking him if he wanted to make it into a T.V. Series. The famous reply is "Just imagine....". With this in mind, I set about listening to the series, starting with this episode one, Invasion of the Daleks. There as ever with Big Finish production the feeling that this has a plethora of actors, it is part of their magic to create an almost panacea of an audio wall of sound, that makes you feel like their is a lot more than belies the modest cast here of 8 people. In saying that it is highly character driven and therefore requires your full attention. However it will be justly rewarded with what is a absolutely stunning peace of work. Dalek Empire I must admit I have put off as I thought it would be endless amounts of dialogue in the fear inducing tones of the pepperpots. I could not have been further from the truth. We have a carefully crafted story which takes us on a journey where we have the Earth Alliance pitted against the Daleks, in a inter galactic battle, that spans a quite heady amount of time and space. What makes this even more interesting is there are similarities which soon spring to mind of the first 1977 outing of Star Wars. There is the peace broker and ultimately the sort of freedom fighting heroin in the shape of Sarah Mowat (Susan Mendes) or Suze as she like to be called, she takes on the hierarchy of the Dalek masters, by brokering the idea that if the Daleks allow their captive slaves the right to better life conditions, then it will lead to them getting better efficiency. Whether this means that Susan is a turncoat, well you have to listen to the first series as it plays out. She is assisted in her role as peace broker or as the Daleks call her the 'Angel of Mercy' by a knight of Valesha in the shape of Kalendorf, played by the actor Gareth Edwards. Susan as a love interest in the shape of Albie Brooks, who it turns out is a freedom fighter (your Han-Solo if you like). We have an enourmous setup in this first episode, which, is wonderfully all strung together, by Nicholas Briggs, who so far is the writer and the producer of this Big Finish. Then add to this that he plays all the Dalek parts, and he does this brilliantly. My biggest fear as I said at the beginning of this piece was that we would have endless amounts of Dalek voiced parts which lets face it, would give any one a headache after 10 minutes. However, Nicholas Briggs gives us a range of Dalek style voices, ranging from high pitched to lower pitched to everything in between. Which gives us a feeling of much greater depth, you actually feel that there is a Dalek Empire.