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1.4 - Energy of the Daleks

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 12/17/18 2:36 am
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Energy is as "by the numbers" as you can get for a Doctor Who Dalek story. We have Tom Baker hamming it up like it's 1979, a little out of character for the Leela era but 100% locked into the lighter side of his character. Meanwhile, the Daleks have some nice shouty bits and threaten people with extermination, etc. It's a shallow romp but within the 1 hour format I wouldn't expect much more. Formulaic maybe, but enjoyable for what it is.
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Reviewed By: civi68Review Date: 10/2/17 10:53 pm
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Energy of the Daleks brings me back to the days as a teenager watching Doctor Who. It is a pretty direct plot of the Doctor stopping the Daleks with another one of their schemes. The story starts the tradition of BF having the the companion captured and interrogated by the Daleks which tend to be one of the highlights of the BF Dalek stories. Nick Briggs does his usual excellent job of playing the Daleks where they have some good dialogue.
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Reviewed By: LastOfTheTimelords213Review Date: 12/31/15 2:49 pm
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With this being the first Big Finish audio I'd listened to (I have listened to others since) I wasn't expecting too much from this. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that this was a very good story with a few things here and there that could have been improved on.

Firstly, I personally don't think you have to listen to other episodes in the series to know what's going on in this which means that I could understand everything perfectly fine. I think, overall, the plot was decent, not absolutely amazing but far from bad either. The actors portrayals of the characters were very well played.

However, the sound in the audio does vary a lot. Which means that one minute you could have a dalek screeching down your eardrums and the next you'll have a very quiet, ordinary human being speaking. But that is the only real problem with the story and apart from that it's a really good audio to listen to and one that I would definitely recommend.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 5:25 pm
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'Energy of the Daleks' was written and directed by Nick Briggs. This is the first Fourth Doctor story in performed Doctor Who to feature the Daleks since the television story Destiny of the Daleks in 1979. Furthermore, it is the first performed Fourth Doctor story to feature the Daleks which does not also feature their creator, Davros. This story leans very heavily on 'The Dalek Invasion of Earth' for inspiration and it's great to have the Robomen back. I always find Daleks whose motivation is destruction and domination through manipulation of the financial or energy markets rather odd to say the least; despite that it works.

The Doctor and Leela are in London during a protest about energy crisis, and how does Damian Stephens, founder of 'Globsphere' fit into the current upheaval, and why is there a power receiver on top of the National Gallery? The Doctor finds a mysterious energy reading and a new ally in Jack Coulson.

Tom and Louise have grown in to their old roles better since the start of the series and the interplay between them has improved as well, which is odd as I believe this was the first one they recorded. Jack Benton played by Mark Benton is as an average bloke that gets sucked in to events in the Doctor's slipstream. The effects and music are all a perfect fit for this audio drama. The directing is also well focused. Now, I am no fan of Nick Briggs' work usually but I found this one to be very enjoyable even though the plot is rather clunky.