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2.7 - The Final Phase

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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.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/30/14 12:22 pm
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The Dr has to everyone's thinking given himself up to the Daleks to prevent Ramana and K9 being murdered aboard the Space Platform, owned and operated by Conglomerate. The Dalek's under contract to Cuthbert send out a Dalek ship to collect the Dr, however it is a ruse. On contact the Dr disables the Dalek's and by stealing their voice synthesiser, imitates the Dalek ships captain convincing the Dalek Dimension Ship he is still a prisoner. The ship is on-route so the Cuthebert thinks to him, but there is a twist in the story. It quickly unfolds, why there was a "Zukerman Haze", what Cuthbert's plans really area, and the exposure that the Dalek's have already worked out Cuthbert's real intentions and his end game are. Bent on using this for their own purposes it sees the Dr and Ramana and the inhabitants of Proxima Major taken on Cuthbert, and the evil of the Daleks.

There are twists and turns all the way until the end of the story. Fabulous, fabulous. This is the concluding episode in the series 2 of 4th Dr adventures. It is a fitting epitaph for Mary Tamm (Ramana) this her final Big Finish performance. Her performance is sublime and effortless, and conjures up images of her cavorting around the universes with the Dr. His cheeky rebuff to her more confined attitude to duty as a Time Lord. Brilliant ending to the season if tinged with a little sadness at the loss of Mary.