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129. Plague of the Daleks

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 3/7/19 6:53 pm
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The third and final story in the 'Stockbridge' trilogy is one that I've been wanting to hear for ages but felt like I needed the appropriate context for first. It's also gotten a strong amount of hate and disregard and so I forced myself to be skeptical as I went into it. Thrown forward into the distant future after the events of 'Eternal Summer', the Doctor and Nyssa discover Stockbridge in a foreboding state with abandoned buildings, sinister crows, and residents attacking with little to no provocation. A dark rain is falling on the town and turning people into crazed and ravenous zombies and someone seems to be targeting the town for a specific reason....

First "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", then 'Twilight Zone' and now a zombie narrative in the vein of "Dawn of the Dead" complete with a Classic Who villain; you can't say this trilogy isn't trying different things to see what sticks. 'Plague of the Daleks" is a double-edged story that does a lot of things right but also steps into several small pitfalls. In general, the script by Mark Morris actually manages to juggle things fairly nicely and everything from a subtle and very ominous atmosphere to plenty of squeamish moments that would fit very well in a George A. Romero zombie film is enjoyably handled.

However, everything (positive or negative) in this story comes with a minor 'but' attached to it in a way that's rather fascinating. It's a fairly standard Dalek story that just so happens to have Stockbridge as a setting BUT the addition of a traditional zombie epic elevates things considerably and mixes things up just enough to where it's not boring. Some of the creepier ideas elements are good BUT the plan of the Daleks themselves is weirdly convoluted and yet exceedingly basic all at the same time. Both Davison and Sutton are again fantastic as usual in their roles BUT they are once again separated and paired up with less interesting side characters until the very end which is a trope I still can't stand. Most of the side cast are all fine BUT a pair of them get really obnoxious in their tone and character and you're glad to see them die before the end of the first half. The music and production are all good BUT at times it can feel unremarkable given the prior stories that handled those elements better. In short, this is a story with a lot of problems BUT it's surprisingly some of the most fun I've ever had with the titular pepper pots as a whole and I love some of the things it tries to do.

Does it deserve all of the conflicts and dislikes it gets? In some ways yes. Its problems are definitely there and more than enough to turn people off to it. But in other ways, it works just as well as the other installments of its trilogy and it ends things rather decisively with its climax leaving the Doctor in a state that pushes some strong emotional acting out of both him and Nyssa.

A lot of whether you will end up liking "Plague of the Daleks" very much depends on you and your tastes and interests. For me personally, I'm firmly on the positive side with and I think it's just as good as the others in its trilogy and a fun Dalek story to boot. Give it a try especially if you've heard the others in this saga but I won't blame you if you end up wanting to bury it in the ground and leave it for the worms. 
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Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 10/6/18 10:37 am
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Unlike some of my fellow reviewers, I rather enjoyed this one. Yes, it has the unsurprising Dalek reveal but then that is priced into the commodity given the title. What is pleasing is that the reveal comes at the end of episode 2 (rather than 1) allowing the world of the future Stockbridge to be explored unencumbered by the usual convoluted Dalek plan. Despite the latter, I just thought this was rather easy to listen to, established an unnverving atmosphere, and a had decent level of mystery early on.

There seems to be echoes of this story in Moffat’s Asylum of the Dalek. Is it me, or does the Grand Moff often take his ideas from a Big Finish audio?

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/18/18 4:49 am
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After two strong releases, Plague of the Daleks brings the Stockridge trilogy to an underwhelming conclusion. Most of the play is paint by numbers Dalek stories including an episode 2 cliffhanger with the reveal that it's the Daleks despite the name of the Daleks being in the title and the Daleks being on the cover. This story suffers from a convoluted and often irrational plot, annoying guest characters (the exception being Keith Barron as Isaac Barkley) and very stilted dialogue. The final episode had a lot of going for emotional payoffs that weren't earned.
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Reviewed By: St. XtoferReview Date: 3/11/16 5:50 pm
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Here's a hint: When your big reveal in episode 2 is that the Daleks are behind everything, it kind of blows it when you call the story 'Blah Blah of the Daleks' and put them on the cover. Anyway...

The Daleks have an unnecessarily convoluted plan. The Doctor does some jiggery-pokery. Nyssa gets separated and does Nyssa shit. To her credit, she doesn't get possessed or hypnotized. The Daleks have human slaves/allies. One of them touchingly sacrifices themselves. It's your bog standard Dalek story. Nothing wrong with it if you're into that sort of thing but by episode 4 my attention was waning pretty seriously. Oh, and it's got zombies in it for no particularly sensible reason. Whoopity-do.

And, okay, this happens in probably 80% of Dalek stories and this one is guilty of it as well so I'm just going to address it here: Why the hell don't they just shoot the Doctor on sight? How many hundreds of times have they had the Doctor at their mercy and instead of shooting him they stand around and talk shit, make threats, decide he has info they need, decide they need to compel him to help them or for some reason or another prolong killing him at least long enough for him to come up with some way to completely screw their day up. And no matter how many times those tactics blow up in their faces, they keep doing it. If I were the Dalek Supreme or whatever I think I'd just issue a standing order: "Kill the Doctor on sight. Immediately. Do not talk to him. Do not spare him, no matter what you think you need him for. Even if it completely blows your mission. Just. Fucking. Shoot. Him. Otherwise, he will screw up your day. Be the hero. Shoot. Waif for him to get up, then shoot him again. When he stops getting up, continue shooting him until back-up arrives."