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2.6 - The Dalek Contract

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 2/17/19 9:20 pm
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Continuity note: this is the first of 2 consecutive linked releases that pick up directly from the 2 Laan linked stories earlier in the season. The references to the previous stories are probably enough to jump in here without listening to the previous releases but it will be easier to follow if you've heard them first.

The Dalek Contract / The Final Phase is a much stronger Dalek story than Energy was in the first 4DA season. Cuthbert and the Conglomerate are back and, while neither gets much more depth or background in this release, Cuthbert is a more clear and compelling villain than in the Last story. The action propels the plot at a good pace and the side characters are believable enough to get by. The cliffhanger is decent and gives a satisfying pause between this and the next release where the real meat of the story lies.
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Reviewed By: civi68Review Date: 12/11/17 11:22 pm
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I enjoyed this two part story much more than the Laan stories. Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, and John Leeson provide good performances with excellent dialogue. The story feels just like the show and keeps your interest. Another good performance where the companion is interrogated by the Daleks. A good Dalek story is where the Daleks have some interesting/funny dialogue and this one has that as well. David Warner just gets up and running with his role in the first part. The cliffhanger is also good.
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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.