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2.6 - The Dalek Contract

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 5:27 pm
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'The Dalek Contract', is the first in a two part, Nick Briggs written, finale for the second series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures. The First series was undeniably shaky but this second series has been on much firmer ground with on the previous Cuthbert two-parter really disappointing, and of course Cuthbert makes his return here with the Daleks at his side. We are not made aware of the Daleks motivations for teaming up the inter-galactic version of Alan Sugar in this segment.

Firstly, I should say that this plot is as traditional as the music that forms the back drop for proceedings. Doctor and Romana get captured by the local inhabitants. The Doctor and Romana agree to join forces with the locals to defeat their oppressors. The group is split by half being captured. The captors issue an ultimatum if the Doctor doesn't agree to come to them. The Doctor goes to the rescue. Also, something about Cuthbert wanting to knock a planet out of orbit. I mean everyone needs a hobby, right?

The release is well paced, with a clear narrative and some thrilling action. It sets up the part very nicely, but for a finale it does lack a sense of occasion. By that, I mean it doesn't feel epic or noteworthy in anyway. There are some nice touches, like Cuthbert revealing that the President had launched a smear campaign against him after the Laan fiasco, and despite being very trite it is very entertaining, but definitely plays it safe in terms of storytelling. For example, once Romana and K-9 have been captured the Daleks torture their prisoners, as you might expect, but their idea of torture is to strap Romana to a lie detector which beeps or buzzes depending on whether she is telling the truth. While they physically torture K-9. Now, I know that the Daleks getting rough with Romana would go completely against the tone but the idea that the Daleks would spare Romana the physical discomfort seems at odds with the situation. Then again we saw the Doctor put through discomfort by his adversaries in the TV series, so why are the Daleks so gentlemanly here?

When I saw this was written by Nick Briggs I felt rather disheartened, but to be honest this is a lot better than I was expecting. I can't say there is anything drastically wrong with it, and it was certainly entertaining enough.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/11/15 11:23 am
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Now I really didn't like The Sands of Life and War Against the Laan as I thought they didn't do much new in the way of story and themes along with a really bad pace. So when I found out that the finale of Season 2 was a sequel to that story, I was less than thrilled. I immediately lowered my expectations and prepared for the worst.

Luckily I was wrong, as The Dalek Contract proves to be at least an interesting first half. The Daleks are great here, doing what they did in The Power of the Daleks except as a security force, which they easily could have become if something changed in their development. Cuthbert is great here again played by David Warner especially since now he has an assistant in Mr. Dorrick who is Mr. Fibuli to Cuthbert's pirate captain.

The plot is actually where I have problems as nothing really gets done except a whole lot of exposition about some deadly particles and a resistance party. I just hope that The Final Phase can bring up the quality to give a satisfying conclusion to the story and season.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/17/15 9:51 am
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The Doctor returns to the inciting incident of the series previous Two CD story, "The Sands of Life/The War on the Laan" as he and Romana investigate the Proxima System. There he fines the evil corporate overlord Cuthbert and the Conglomerate at work on a plan that's put Proxima Prime out of orbit and led to civil breakdown. The Conglomerate has hired their own help to keep the peace---the Daleks.

The story has a clever plot. The interactions between the Doctor and the rebel leader were priceless. I liked the idea of the Doctor coming to this as the man who knows how to defeat the Daleks sharing his knowledge. David Warner is even better and more confident the second time around in his roll of Cuthbert and I simply loved his explanation for why the Daleks couldn't just exterminate. (Apparently he has to watch his poll numbers.) Overall, this is a very nice start to the season finale.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/30/14 10:00 am
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Dr and Ramna, are travelling through space when they encounter a "Zugamens Haze" of unknown origin, in the Proxima System and the planet Proxima Major (apologies for spelling). After a missile is fired at the TARDIS they land on the planet a cold and inhospitable place.

The Dr convinced that Cuthbert from Conglomerate is at the bottom of all their troubles.

Dr and Ramana come into contact with Proximan. The Proximan think that Dr and Ramana are working for Conglomerate.

It becomes obvious however that the Daleks are abound on the plant. Thwarting an attack by the Daleks the Dr, Ramana and the Proximan, join forces to do battle, with Cuthbert and his allies the Daleks....

Wonderful wonderful, a cracking Dalek adventure with the Tom and Mary on superb form. Soundscape is perfect, and if you close your eyes you are transported to a frozen planet, a inter stellar space port. You can even imagine Tom with a cheeky grin saying the dry little comments from his script.