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15. The Mutant Phase

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 4/19/17 1:04 am
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Bloated, rambling, and hopelessly overwrought. Like The Apocalypse Element, this story takes advantage of the audio format's potential to do large-scale stories. The threat of the story is a planet-sized swarm of wasp-like creatures flying through space and devouring planets. Presenting such a daunting, implacable enemy is a great way to open a story, but Briggs's script fails to capitalize on it. The story gets lost in a tortured, convoluted plot built around another annoying time paradox and resolved, again, by the whole story un-happening. At this point in Big Finish's output, Nicholas Briggs has contributed two stories, neither of which actually happened, and neither one worth the time it takes to listen to.

The idea of the Doctor teaming up with the Daleks to defeat something even more dangerous is a strong one, and Big Finish will explore it again down the road in much stronger stories than this one.
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Reviewed By: DalekbusterScreen5ReviewsReview Date: 4/9/17 12:01 pm
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The Mutant Phase was one of the best free gifts given away with Doctor Who Adventures (the children's Doctor Who magazine) back when I was a child. Of course, it was also released separately from the magazine through Big Finish as a slightly longer version (the DWA take is cut down) but it was a nice change from the free notebooks and pens.

The Mutant Phase sees the Doctor (Peter Davison) and Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) find themselves trapped in a time corridor where they find out the Daleks are mutating into something due to an infection and encounter some dangerous wasps who have been made more aggressive by a pesticide chemical.

One of the things I like about this audio drama is the decision by writer Nicholas Briggs to have the companion (in this case Nyssa) be infected by the wasp sting illness that has been the cause of death for many survivors of the 2157 Dalek Invasion of Earth. She actually becomes infected pretty early on, when she is stung by a wasp in the 42nd century. It's a great move by Nicholas Briggs as it raises the personal stakes for the Doctor and eliminates the problem of 'Oh, the Doctor and his companion will always be safe because it's not the main series'. I wish TV Doctor Who would put the Doctor and his companion into peril like this; whilst I love the main series, there are very rare examples where it feels as though the companion is in as much danger as the supporting cast.

It's also nice to see the Daleks infected by the Mutant Phase. It's great to hear these powerful, booming hate machines become weak and vulnerable towards what is basically a disease. In fact, you almost feel sorry for them - especially when it makes the Daleks basically mindless. We're too used to seeing the Daleks as being the powerful evil species they are so its nice for it to be stripped back to reveal what the Daleks would be like if they weren't in control.

It's amazing how Nicholas Briggs manages to achieve different voices with the Daleks and the Dalek Emperor too. The Dalek Emperor sounds has a much more booming and God-like voice compared to the more robotic metallic Dalek voices. It's the same with the new series too; you never feel like you're just watching or listening to another Dalek with the Dalek Emperor but he has his own distinguishable voice despite being voiced by the same person.

The great thing with these audio dramas is that the main cast never sound like the actual age they are now. It's like listening to a lost classic series serial. Peter Davison sounds perfect as his Doctor despite now being in his 50s when this was recorded and Sarah Sutton doesn't sound any older either (this was recorded in the early 2000s) even though two decades had passed since she was in the show with Peter Davison. You would never convince the audience on TV that they are in their 30s and 20s but on audio on the other hand it's harder to believe they were in their 50s and 40s here.

Overall, The Mutant Phase is a magnificent Doctor Who audio drama and one that any Whovian should listen to whether they have listened to Big Finish before or not. It features incredible performances from Nicholas Briggs, Sarah Sutton and Peter Davison, the latter which convince you they are much younger than their ages at the time of recording. I do wonder how it went down at the time with other kids who bought Doctor Who Adventures though. Did they dismiss it because it was audio or did they give it a go and find they actually enjoyed it? I'm really not sure.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/30/16 6:06 pm
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A very strong Dalek story that finds the Daleks trapping the Doctor's TARDIS in a time corridor because they need the Doctor.

The story works because the mystery behind the Daleks' mechinations and motives is very well-crafted. The characterization of Nyssa and the Fifth Doctor is also tweaked a bit in this story and I think it works quite well, and the result is Nyssa being more assertive but not at the Tegan-like level she was in her previous story. A very solid early Big Finish release.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 10/1/14 7:03 pm
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Before you can really understand where The Mutant Phase came from you have to be familiar with the Audio Visuals fan audio drama productions. The company produced twenty-four audio dramas in the 1980s and had Nicholas Briggs staring as the Doctor. Now these audios were unlicensed and didn’t really have that good of a sound quality, but at least it was new Doctor Who. It could also be considered the forerunner to Big Finish Productions especially as many of the Big Finish Staff got their start in the Audio Visuals productions. Of course this allowed several Audio Visuals stories be adapted into Big Finish stories starting with today’s story. The Mutant Phase was one of four Audio Visuals story to feature the Daleks and relies heavily as a semi-prequel to The Dalek Invasion of Earth and connecting some of the comics into the main universe.





The plot involves the Doctor and Nyssa landing on the Earth during the Dalek invasion where much of the human race is dead, but all hope is not lost as Thals have come to rescue the human race. This is all before the story takes a twist as the Doctor has to help figure out the mystery behind the origin of the mutant phase which is a disease killing off the Daleks. There are several more twists and red herrings as to how the mutant phase came into being as that is the main drive of the plot. Sadly, while this is technically the third part of the Dalek Empire Prequel, there isn’t anything really tying it into the other two parts of the miniseries. Honestly it would have worked better if it was just telling its own story and not trying to tie itself into an already interesting prequel. The script I can however praise as unlike his efforts in The Sirens of Time he has found his footing as a writer and as a director here. He pretty much owns the story as he is writing, directing, designing the sound, composing music and taking part as the voice of the Daleks. He has his hands full and is pulling it off wonderfully. He introduces many good ideas like genetically mutated wasps and the ideas of Daleks transplanting themselves into humans all will be used in the New Series.





Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton have improved their relationship a lot in their two stories together. Here they show just how much chemistry they have with each other that was wasted on television. The Doctor cares for Nyssa almost as the teacher to the student as Nyssa is still young, even with a higher intellect. They both have a childlike curiosity to see the universe as they have no real home to go back to. Briggs writes for them so well that they complement each other perfectly. They both find pieces of evidence for the mystery of the mutant phase and are able to figure out some things leading to the conclusion even through several red herrings. The supporting cast are extremely mixed with some characters like the Daleks, who are completely evil here, the Dalek Emperor, who has had a facelift since The Evil of the Daleks, and the Thal Ganatus played by James Morgan who ends up working with the Daleks. There are quite a few other characters in this story, yet not many of them actually make an impact. You can easily sympathize with the plight of the humans as the virus has been released, Roboman have been created and the Daleks have begun their invasion. The desperation can be felt through the acting even when the characters are a bit lackluster.
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