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2.7 - The Final Phase

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 2/17/19 9:41 pm
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The finale of The Dalek Contract is the stronger of the pair of releases. Cuthbert is finally given some much needed character development and, while he's still painted rather thin, is given a more substantial amount of mystery and trends more from recurring villain to a big baddie. The conclusion of the main conflict with the Daleks and the (still dreadfully generic) Conglomerate is underwhelming but the story itself gives us a great conclusion exploring Romana's feelings towards her journeys in the TARDIS and relationship with The Doctor. This moment alone makes the story worthwhile and gives the fans a nice moment of closure on Mary Tamm's time with the program as well as helps bridge the gap between Romana I and II's personalities.

So, as a conclusion to the 2nd season of 4DA this is satisfactory. As a Dalek story it's an improvement from the first series. As a continuation of the Cuthbert saga it's adequate. And as a 4 and Romana story it is excellent.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 5:28 pm
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'The Final Phase', and the previous instalment, are both better and opposite of the more dialogue driven, and flat out boring, two-parter that introduced the character of Cuthbert earlier on in this series. After a wonky first series this range has really found its feet in terms of quality and consistency. More action again here, as the Daleks strive for control of the dimensional portal that Cuthbert has created, so that they can conquer infinity.

Hang on though, wasn't the Daleks using gates ways to conquer infinity also their plan in 'Time of the Daleks'? Genuine question, as it was hard to tell, and didn't they also have a similar plan in the, Nick Briggs penned, Dalek Empire series? Disparate factions uniting to defeat a common enemy and leaving the Daleks fighting a two front war, also seems a familiar theme. Wasn't it Hitchcock who said, "To self-plagiarise is to have style"? Well, Nick Briggs certainly has plenty of, "Style"! The Doctor's line, "A Dalek threatening to kill everyone, now there's a surprise" could almost be meta-referential. Romana seems to spend the first half of this wandering around telling anybody who will listen that the Daleks will betray them. Who would have expected that, eh?

Fair warning, this is going to get a bit spoilery now. Cuthbert's fate is to disappear, presumably to resurface at a later date, after revealing that he is a living temporal paradox. It's a nice Ouroboros effect, but anticlimactic at the same time. Romana seems to spend the first half of this wandering around telling anybody who will listen that the Daleks will betray them.

The action is acoustically orchestrated superbly and really envelopes the listener. The story was very pedestrian really, unless you have been avoiding Big Finishes other Dalek titles and now I am really looking forward to the next series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures!
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/11/15 8:20 pm
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The Final Phase finishes the minimal plot set up in The Dalek Contract and is written by Nicholas Briggs. Briggs does something that Dalek story writers have been doing since the days of Terry Nation and making an homage to/ripping off another story. Instead of completely ripping off a Dalek story, Briggs decided to rip off a Master story. That story in question is the overly nostalgic, poorly paced The End of Time. Luckily here while the story doesn't have the best pacing, it goes by a lot more quickly. It does however reveal the problems with the plot but most of the acting makes up for a plainly average plot. The story does take the problems of ripping off other Dalek stories. Toby Hadoke especially impresses as Mr. Dorrick and David Warner's Cuthbert is great.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/17/15 9:48 am
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This is a story that throughout seems to be a typical Doctor Who v. Daleks story with a few faults. David Warner's corporate CEO Cuthbert had become plain irrational and the episode decided to pretend the Doctor was dead for 10 minutes in order to get some reaction from Romana. However, the last 20 minutes make up quite nicely for the story's faults as the Doctor tries to make the Daleks see sense for once and some additional info about Cuthbert deepens the character and the Doctor's dilemma. Despite a few bumps, this is a great outing for Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, and David Warner.