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2.2b - The Daleks: The Destroyers

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 2/16/19 8:42 pm
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I never understood Terry Nation's insistence in trying to spin the Daleks off into their own series. In small doses they make a great villain and they are certainly iconic. On their own, though, they don't have enough depth to carry a series. The SSS is so generic that they don't really warrant a series either. Even if they did it would be strange to name the series after their nemeses. With that said, my expectations coming into this were set pretty low.

As a pilot The Destroyers doesn't do much to establish the potential series. Background on both the SSS and the Daleks is minimal and there's no more world building at play than has been seen in any of Nation's 60's Doctor Who stories. The plot is pretty thin and the pacing suffers a little from the narrative storytelling format. Jean Marsh does fine as a narrator but the character of Sara Kingdom has been watered down from her already 2-dimensional portrayal in The Daleks' Master Plan. There's not much depth to the other SSS agents.

It's interesting from a pop culture history standpoint but this wasn't made for a reason.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 9/24/17 5:08 am
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Very bland and slightly boring, didn't really know what was happening most of the time, will need to re-listen to it in the future but not something I would recommend.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/12/15 8:48 am
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'The Destroyers' was released in December 2010 by Big Finish as part of The Second Doctor Box set. It was based on an unproduced script for a pilot episode written by Terry Nation in 1966, and was recorded on 7 May 2010. Nation's script as adapted by Nick Briggs and John Dorney who switched the roles of Sarah and David.

In the 40th century Space Security Agents: Sara Kingdom, Jason Corey and Mark Seven (an android who appeared in numerous 1970’s Dalek Annuals) investigate an attack on Explorer Base One on the M5 asteroid. As the sole survivor of the Daleks' attack, Sara's brother, David is taken away for questioning.

The Music to the Destroyer is modern and cool, yet dramatic and majestic, but with a strong sixties vibe. Sara Kingdom is the protagonist who also narrates this. As I am not a fan of narration then I have to ask why this is necessary, but it isn't too intrusive though. The sounds are often chilling and sudden generating a creepy vibe nightmarish vibe not dissimilar to 'Mission to the Unknown'. The Daleks screech out their usual phrases, "Exterminate!" and "Attack and Destroy!" This feels all too familiar. This feels like sequential nightmarish sequences with not much narrative to link them together, and while there is plenty of curio value to this, I don't think I will be in a rush to hear this again anytime soon. Lots of jeopardy, but not much characterisation, it feels like a sixties Dalek comic strip brought to life.
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Reviewed By: St. XtoferReview Date: 6/24/15 6:08 pm
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Interesting as an archive piece but not much else to it. Very simple Dalek story but Jean Marsh puts on a good performance and the soundscape is very well done.