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1.1 - Invasion of the Daleks

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 5/25/17 1:50 am
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I find it rather difficult to rate and review this episode in isolation, as it really doesn't tell a complete story. "Dalek Empire" is better understood as one story told in four installments. Each installment is somewhat distinct from all of the others, but they work better as one continuous story. If Dalek Empire were released today, it would be as a single four-part box set rather than four individual releases. Still, I'll endeavor to make some observations about each installment in turn.

"Invasion of the Daleks" gets us off to an intriguing start. The script wastes very little time getting us into the action, but I feel like this is actually something of a problem. The story puts a great deal of emotional weight on the love story between Alby and Suz, but their relationship barely has time to be properly established before they're torn apart. With four 70-minute episodes to play with, there's plenty of time for high-intensity Dalek action. I think the story might have worked better had it taken more time in the beginning to establish the principle characters, their relationships, and the setting before the Daleks come screaming out of the sky.

Still, even without much development, the main characters all work very well, and the rollicking, fast-paced space opera approach suits the material wonderfully. The story is clear, compelling, and intriguing. Unfortunately, it leans a bit too heavily on some rather implausible coincidences, which is a problem that only gets worse in subsequent installments.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review 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.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/30/15 9:29 am
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What happens when the Daleks come to town but the Doctor isn't around to do anything about it? That's what happens to the inhabitants of the Vega system when the Daleks invade and begin slaughtering the population and enslaving the survivors including Geologist Susan Mendes.

The Daleks are acting a little different and they sense something special about Mendes. At the same time, the man who loves her Alby Brooks suffers regret over his decisions to leave Earth without her. Brooks works for the Earth alliance and for whatever reason, they want him out of the system.

This is actually a great opener to the series with a lot of mystery. In the early part of the episodes, Mendes was a bit of a cypher. However, she grows on you as you realize the huge moral dilemma she faces. It's a fascinating piece of a drama and a nice set up for what is to come.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 12/30/14 2:53 am
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The first part of a four part Dalek mini-series is an really good listen if you want to get into the Big Finish Spin-offs. The acting and soundscape are perfect with a pretty good story to go along with it. The biggest problem is shoehorning in a lot of plot in about an hour and references to The Genocide Machine and The Apocalypse Element to try and connect them to this. Also it is too easy to tell the Dalek voice actors apart and Alistair Lock is the weaker of the two.