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1.2 - Blood of the Daleks: Part 2

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/5/17 7:01 pm
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This episode puts more of a focus on the developing relationship between the Doctor and Lucie, and this is very well handled. I particularly love how they don't even choose to travel together at the end. Of course, some would point to Season 22 on television as an example of what can go wrong when the Doctor and the companion don't get along well, but the writing generally wasn't very strong that season, and that was before the modern era when the Doctor/companion relationship became an important focus of drama. There's a lot of good value that could be had out of somewhat fractious relationship between the leads, and this script especially shows that potential. Unfortunately, the opportunity is squandered, as the Doctor and Lucie are basically good friends already in the very next episode. Don't get me wrong, the friendship between the Doctor and Lucie is a key component of what makes this line of Eighth Doctor adventures so strong, and I wouldn't have it any other way. But it would have been nice if it had been allowed to develop a bit more gradually.

I can't help noticing the broad similarities (and I do mean "broad") between this and Steve Lyon's "Killing Ground", which features human colonists turning themselves into primitive Cybermen in order to better fight the Cybermen. The two stories have very little in common except that idea of human developing alternative strains of established monsters. I have to say it's much better motivated in "Killing Ground". Frankly, it's not clear to me why Professor Martez thought it would be a good idea to turn people into Daleks, or why he seemed to expect other people would agree with him. He wasn't trying to rival the Daleks, and he wasn't trying to build a private army to help him achieve some other goal. He apparently just discovered some Dalek technology, thought "Ooh what a good idea!" and that was that.

Still, this is made up for by a fast-paced and compelling plot. This story was a good choice to launch a new series because it's exciting and action-packed. It's also got a nice teaser at the end introducing the Headhunter. Like the new series on television, we're given a hint of a deeper story unfolding in the background. I generally like that approach, although it really depends a lot on the strength of the eventual resolution.

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 3/13/15 4:56 pm
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Part Two of Blood of the Daleks is an interesting enough story that is able to stay just as good if not better than Part One in many aspects. It keeps up a nice pace with the actors clearly enjoying themselves. Sheridan Smith's Lucie Miller makes an interesting first impression but is kind of annoying. Sadly the story also has notes of Power Of the Daleks but never goes as far as a rip off.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/11/15 2:00 am
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Part 2 of the Blood of the Daleks really pays off as we find the Daleks have arrived to destroy the Human/Dalek hyrbids to keep the Dalek bloodlines pure. Some great Dalek stories are revisited here with a note of, "Power of the Daleks" where a Dalek ship crashed and a scientist revived the Daleks. In this story, the scientist found the Daleks dead and decided to build his own. Also as in "Genesis of the Daleks" the Doctor tries to reason with the creation of this new Dalek race. The difference and similarities are both fascinating.

Overall, there's a lot of great action in the story. Kenneth Cranham delivers as Tim Cardwell, a conspiracy theorist who turns out to be right and is trying to save his world from the Daleks at any cost, although he doesn't quite have the whole picture. Also, the Lucie character's rough edges aren't quite so grating.

The ending however makes this story in a way that creates a powerful audio image. Overall, this is a great episode and a solid two parter to begin the Eighth Doctor Adventures.
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Reviewed By: TakeTheType40Review Date: 2/17/15 5:48 pm
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Amazing and awesome story, everything I said in Part One stand true here. I have purchased Series 1 of EDA and will be listen to them shortly. Havent replayed this one yet, so no score on that front.