Written By: Jonathon Morris
Director: Ken Bentley
Sound Design: Wilfredo Acosta
Music: Wilfredo Acosta
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- One Doctor One Companion, I missed it a bit, I’ve enjoyed the stories lately but many of them have centered around a Tardis crew that was over whelming in its population or at least spent a fair amount of time bickering with each other. If you’d told me that I’d really be enjoying a Mel and 7th Doctor story even 10 years ago I’d likely look at you skeptically but much like the Sixth Doctor, the magic formula of Big Finish scribes mixed with quality actors given adequate time to simmer and reflect back on their original run has really turned out a story where the duo of Mel and Seven have so obviously gotten better with time. This version of Mel is still fun and forward but her role has evolved beyond the screamer who forces Carrot Juice on the sixth Doctor. She’s very active in this story, utilizing her skills in computer programming and playing a bit of the spy in this. Bonnie Langford is really asked to play several different moods in this story. This story really gave her a spotlight to show off what everyone has always said… that Bonnine Langford is an incredible pro! This approach was so refreshing compared to the TV performances which always seemed just a little too over the top. In this tale Mel and the Doctor felt like a proper team I could cheer on!
- The Dalek’s plan, okay at first I thought this story was going to annoy me because it seems quite like every other Dalek plan where the Daleks show up “to help”. You know the one, the ruse where the Daleks are totally there as the friendly alien benefactors when truly they’re there to conquer and enslave and we’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop. We know that story because Big Finish loves to tell that story…. but here’s the thing… Big Finish is SO good at it. Even though I’ve heard this basic premise before once again the writer is able to throw a slight spin on it so I’m not just slogging through a rehash of an old standard type of Dalek story that I’ve listened to before. This time the Daleks are using human ambition against them, they are using Human ingenuity and even Human addiction to Video Games to their advantage, very Dalek and surprisingly fresh ground to tread.
- The story is completely unburdened by any kind of necessary lead ins or tie ins (which has been a common criticism I run into when I listen), you don’t have to know any back story to jump in on this. When Big Finish says this is a good jumping on point they are 100% right! It’s a great one off that works without any help press play and simply enjoy.
- The Oncoming Storm, the 7th Doctor does a lot of his classic turn of a phrase and the rolling R’s but he also faces down the Daleks with a fierceness that we really wouldn’t be surprised by leading up to an eventual time war the 7th Doctor has a dark side and we get to see a bit of it in this story.
I liked this story, Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford slip seamlessly back into their era of Doctor Who but with the improvements you can only make by having the experience and confidence that the passage of time can give you. I was honestly never much of a Mel fan, in fact she’s one of the companions I know and care about the least, but in recent Big Finish stories I’ve really come around to her. This Character didn’t seem to get a fair shake on TV but the world of Big Finish is the perfect place for redemptive second chances and they really give us a chance to enjoy Mel in this one. (I also greatly enjoyed how Big Finish took a stab at fixing her chronology in the Sixth Doctor story The Wrong Doctors). She’s spunky and independent all while still being worried about the Doctor and what needs to be done.
Doctor Who: We Are The Daleks (Big Finish Audio Play)
on Jul 15, 2015
Rating: 4.5Hot off the heels of their 200th release celebration the folks at Big Finish wanted a story that was a good “jumping on point” and they started us in some very familiar territory with our old foes the Daleks.