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5.1 - The Dalek Occupation of Winter

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 12/21/18 4:29 pm
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Another recent release in the Early Adventures line, this story sees the First Doctor, Vicki, and Steven arrive in a city in a state of perpetual winter but yet still grow immense amounts of food and produce. It all seems to be tied back to a scientific institute that takes young minds into its fold who are never seen again as well as some surprise residents living in harmony with the people and helping them wherever they can. The Daleks have seemingly integrated themselves into the city of Winter but for what purpose? It's no surprise that there is something else going on behind the scenes and that the Daleks are up to no good. But it's in how the standard beats related to the premise are implemented that this story really shines. There are some good twists here and there to be sure but 'Occupation' revels in being a serious Dalek story for the Hartnell era through and through with plenty of things to say in the background regarding the darker sides of human nature such as fascism and how people can be exploited for nefarious atrocities. It makes the Daleks not only a tangible threat but a negative force that affects everything around them in a way that we haven't seen from them in a long while. Combine this darker plot with a fantastic atmosphere and tone that builds on an interesting society and the usual great performances from Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves and it makes this audio incredibly strong. It's a great surprise considering what it could've easily been given past First Doctor Dalek stories that struggle with seriousness and tone which 'Occupation' thankfully avoids to the best of its abilities. It's a strong piece by new David K. Barnes who we're going to very much need to keep an eye on and a fantastic Dalek story for your seasonal listening. 
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 11/26/18 8:49 am
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A definite contender for best of the range yet.
Dalek occupation of winter is a grim tale of a dalek occupied colony manipulated into manufacturing for the pepper pots. They do so willingly as they see the daleks as help and a means of food supply.
As the doctor and co arrive though we dig deeper and see what’s behind this dalek cunning.

The characters are well played and the the sound and score all help carry this as one of the early adventures best additions yet.

Robert Daws deserves a bonus mention for being brilliantly cheeky and British as ever.

Like power of the daleks , the daleks are often at their most worrying when they seem to be helpful or friendly.
Golden 9/10 from me

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