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65. The Juggernauts

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 12/22/18 5:46 pm
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Some of the reviews led me to lower my expectations for this story which made it a delightful surprise. The Mechanoids were more akward than threatening on screen so I wasn't exactly clamoring for their return. Audio serves them well, though, as their voices are very distinct and chilling and the imagination can smooth over their clumsy movement and design. Davros tends to be hit or miss for me but he shines in this story with an excellent scheme that blends some of his better on-screen ideas together with the backdrop of the Dalek imperialist vs. loyalist civil war fitting for Colin's era. The Doctor's perspective of being shanghaied into service of the imperial faction is a bit of a stretch but works well enough as he has his own motives to thwart Davros's plan. Mel particularly gets a lot of time to shine and has possibly her best outing in any medium. All in all this is a fantastic story and well done.
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Reviewed By: HexagoraDalekReview Date: 12/5/18 11:55 am
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If you’ve never listened to a Big Finish before, then this would be a perfect starting point with a lot of familiar characters including Davros and Melanie Bush. Each cast member has a good deal of time to shine and Mel’s love interest and character arc are particularly enjoyable highlights as she becomes more significant as a character.

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/4/17 2:28 am
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Perhaps I'm just easily pleased, but I really love that the end of "The Next Life" teases a story featuring the Daleks and Davros, and then Big Finish gives us an entirely different story with the Daleks and Davros the very next month. That's a really fine bit of scheduling.

And what a lovely story it is! It's not as good as "Davros", but then very little is. It is a very different story, but like "Davros", it gives us a somewhat different perspective on the creator of the Daleks. This time, it's not about exploring his backstory or filling in details of his biography. This is about showing us Davros working very much against his old creations. Of course, we've seen Davros/Dalek conflicts before, but usually Davros is trying to convince the self-sufficient Daleks that they should continue to obey him. This is different. This time, he's actually trying to replace the Daleks.

I'm not sure I really buy that the Daleks would recruit the Doctor to help them with this situation, but I'll let it go because it works thematically with the story. Over the course of the story, both the Doctor and Davros conceal their true relationship to the Daleks from Mel, and Mel is very much the center of this story. Indeed, it's hard to overstate just how important Mel is to this story. Of course, Mel has been in several Main Range releases before this one (and also an Unbound), so by this point, her character had already been thoroughly and successively re-invented by Big Finish. With this story, author Scott Alan Woodard takes that new-and-improved Mel and puts her right at the center of the narrative. Not only is she strong and independent, not only does she play an indispensable role in the plot, but she's the emotional core of the story as well.

I sometimes think of 2005 as the Year of Mel. She appears in four out of thirteen Main Range stories released that year, which is more than Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, or Paul McGann.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/29/17 4:31 pm
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This story finds the Sixth Doctor pressed into working for the Daleks to stop Davros from developing a new machine that could be a bigger threat than the Daleks because Mel is working for Davros without even knowing it due to a sort of psychic shielding.
This is a solid Davros story which showcases how diabolically manipulative and sinister Davros can be and the mix of the Daleks into the plot really works quite nicely. The return of the Mechanoids as Davros' basis for the Juggernauts is also a solid feature.


Mel is quite strong in this story. It's great to see her working as a computer programmer and also how she relates to Davros' professor and the rest of the crew. Towards the end of the story, we get to see how far Davros' evil could push even someone as generally sweet and innocent as Mel.

What stops this from being a great Davros story is that it just didn't bring enough new to the table. The story felt at time like it was trying to remake the Davros, from a year and a half previously. It's still good story with very solid acting from both the principles and the guest cast, but it doesn't really break any new ground and it's attempt to do with Davros' unexplained despicable redesign of the Mechanoids as the Juggernauts doesn't cut it.