Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 11/27/15 9:24 pm
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'Enemy of the Daleks' written by David Bishop and directed by Ken Bentley is often compared to James Cameroon's Aliens, and I can see why; however, I personally thought there was a greater resemblance to 'The Mutant Phase'. Whichever way you cut it, 'Enemy of the Daleks' is not very original, but it is action packed, well-acted with great dialogue and a great rock orientated soundtrack that chugs away in the background like a steam train. The music kind of typifies this audio drama, it sets it out with no allusions to being anything other than a ripping good action-fest. Basically, a group of soldiers have retreated from a fight with the Daleks to a mostly uninhabited planet that is home to the research facility of Prof. Toshio Shimura, who is conducting genetic experiments on the local wildlife. The soldiers arrive asking for assistance from the reluctant and reclusive Professor at the same time that the Doctor, Ace and Hex turn up - trouble ensues.
Ken Bentley's direction is the usual kind of fantastic, and Sylvester's later additions to the main range really show how good he can be, especially compared to his earlier Big Finish performances. Philip Oliver and Sophie Aldred also put in some fine performances. It's generally well written, despite being a generic base under siege story. Even so, some characterisation isn't as good as it could be. For example, Hex betrays the Doctor's presence to the Daleks and this is never dealt with later one, just quietly forgotten. Also, Lieutenant Beth Stokes' motivation and history is revealed near the end, but before that we are just asked to accept that this hardened officer has gone soft. OK, she could have had PTSD or something similar, but I just can't see the justification for this coming at the end. In terms of a revelation, it was too little too late. Sylvester's Doctor is acting mysterious again, is there any reason for that? Or, is he just like that for the sake of it now? The characterisation is probably the only weak point of the play, for me.
This is loud and gritty, a real must for action fans, but others may find a bit lightweight. I personally thought it was above average. Then again, I am a sucker for lines like, "Here they come, writing history with lightning."