Reviewed By: traves8853
Review 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!