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224b. Dalek Soul

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 5/17/17 9:03 pm
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On a Dalek occupied world where rebels are struggling to throw off the exterminating menace, both sides of the conflict have seemingly new allies in the battle. The rebels have found a mysterious Doctor who may hold the key to their victory while the Daleks' chief scientist named Nyssa is working on a new virus to wipe out the native rebels for good. What's going on and why are Doctor and companion on seemingly opposite sides? It's been quite a while since we've had a Fifth Doctor Dalek story and this story was the main reason I was interested in this set. 'Soul' certainly doesn't disappoint in that regard, lurking right in the vein of 'Resurrection of the Daleks' with some of the darkest imagery and themes we've ever seen in a Dalek story especially in the opening scene that you could find right in the middle of a WWII concentration camp. It constantly has you asking what the hell is going on and both primary actors give it their all. Davison pulls some big turns as Five that really turn the story on its head that you couldn't pay me to spoil here while Sarah Sutton really gets to expand as a different kind of Nyssa: cold, calculating, heartless as needed, and using her scientific intellect for the worst possible purposes. This is a mentally twisted and almost deranged Who story with many brutal moments and an ending that's not exactly the happiest in the world given everything that was built up. People who are expecting a typical Dalek story may be a little disappointed but only because there's so much more here to it than meets the eye. But if you want a Dalek story that combines a strong study with Five and Nyssa with one of the darkest premises and moments in their history, then this is the one for you.

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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 5/17/17 5:54 pm
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Eh? I'm not seeing the big deal from some people. It's a darker Dalek story, that's for sure, and it's one of the better Dalek stories. Creepy, dark, unsettling sure. But... it's kind of boring. It's another bog standard NAFD story of them taking over a planet, with the added twist of them putting the Doctor and companion under their control. It was a clever little story, and Sutton (particularly) and Davison did a really great job acting evil. Dark endings, especially for Sutton. She did a really great job throughout this story, honestly. But overall, I was sort of unimpressed by it. It was still good, just, it didn't really wow me.