‘ENEMY OF THE DALEKS’
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Daleks with the Doctor, Ace and Hex
This is a full-on, non-stop action-packed adventure with the Daleks!
‘Enemy of the Daleks’ is another gripping adventure from the Seventh Doctor era, starring Sylvester McCoy; Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier. I enjoyed listening to this adventure, since it features some superb action-packed sequences and it has some really heart-thumping moments for the characters.
This is a four-part story by David Bishop, who wrote the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa novel ‘Empire of Death’. I really like what David’s done in writing for the Doctor, Ace and Hex and featuring the Daleks in this adventure. It’s clearly an adventure that is meant to enthral you in the action adventure spirit.
This story poses the question of…what if there was an enemy more powerful than the Daleks. This is not an original idea in ‘Doctor Who’, since Nicholas Briggs has done this in his Dalek story ‘The Mutant Phase’ with the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa. I’ve also written my own Dalek adventure called ‘Doom of the Daleks’ from ‘The Fifth Doctor by Tim Bradley’ series with the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Billy, and in that the Daleks faced an enemy called the Dwaxi who were more powerful than them.
In ‘Enemy of the Daleks’, the Doctor, Ace and Hex visit the planet Bliss. One of the most horrific atrocities is to take place at the Roarke 279 research facility during the Dalek wars. The Doctor is here to see it happen. The Daleks are about to come across a deadly enemy that can destroy them.
I really like how this story starts with the TARDIS landing on Bliss and the Doctor telling Ace and Hex to stay inside the TARDIS. But they go with him no matter what. It turns out that the Doctor isn’t the master manipulator in this one, since he’s trying to understand how and why things happen on Bliss.
Sylvester McCoy delivers a superb performance as the Doctor in this adventure. It’s interesting how the Doctor takes a backseat from manipulating events and he’s learning about the research facility’s projects and what happens to the Daleks. He takes a cold attitude when he’s confronting the Daleks.
Sophie Aldred is brilliant as Ace in this adventure. Ace has matured over the years during her time with the Doctor. She is a battle-hardened action girl and she gets to be the ‘Dalek killer’. She’s used to dangerous situations as she’s clearly doesn’t shy away, becoming ruthless when she needs to be.
Philip Olivier is equally brilliant as Hex. This is Hex’s first encounter with the Daleks and he’s clearly shocked by their ‘exterminating’ people. Hex puts his nurse skills to good use here. He’s had enough of seeing so many people dying and he wonders whether traveling with the Doctor is really worth it.
The guest cast includes Kate Ashfield as Lieutenant Beth Stokes. Beth is leader of a Valkyrie unit that comes to Bliss when under attack by the Daleks. Beth has had a troubled past with Daleks as she was once in a concentration camp and struggles to face her fears when the pepper pots haunt her again.
There’s Bindya Solanki as Sergeant Tahira Khan. Tahira is in Beth’s Valkyrie unit and the two women clash on differences of opinion. She accuses Beth for bringing the Daleks to Bliss when they’ve been followed by them. Tahira is more ruthless and battle-hardened than Beth, but she is a good person.
And there’s Eiji Kusuhara as Professor Toshio Shimura, a Japanese scientist who works at the Roarke 279 research facility. Shimura has been working on a project to create a new species called the Kiseibya. The Doctor is clearly not pleased with what the Professor has done with these experiments.
The Daleks, voiced by Nicholas Briggs, are as ever dastardly merciless killer machines. I was terrified when the Daleks stated they saw ‘no value in mercy’. They kill the sick patients at the research facility which shocks Hex. They are very ruthless when barking out orders at their human prisoners.
There was a scene where the Black Dalek gets ravaged by the Kiseibya and its casing gets smashed, exposing the Dalek mutant creature within. The Doctor walks in to confront it, finding it pitiful. It was unnerving when the Black Dalek demanded just one thing. “Exterminate me! EXTERMINATE ME!!!”
A new monster appears called the Kiseibya, voiced by Jez Fielder. They’re parasitic creatures, bred as a weapon against the Daleks. But they also eat flesh as well as metal, and instantly kill the scientists at the research facility. The Doctor is not pleased when he discovers the truth about these Kiseibya.
I liked how this Dalek story ends with the Doctor, Ace and Hex returning to the TARDIS. Hex seems unsure about his place aboard the TARDIS now, but Ace and the Doctor try to reassure and persuade him to stay on. Hex eventually agrees and the trio head off into the TARDIS for another adventure.
‘Enemy of the Daleks’ has been another enjoyable Seventh Doctor adventure that has been gripping from beginning to end. I enjoyed hearing the Daleks in this one as well as the development of Ace, Hex and the Doctor. It’s an action-packed story that definitely depicts this TARDIS team at their best!
The CD extras are as follows. At the end of Disc 1, there are behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew including Sylvester McCoy; Sophie Aldred; Phillip Olivier; writer David Bishop; Nicholas Briggs; etc.
At the end of Disc 2, there’s the second episode of ‘The Three Companions’ with Anneke Wills as Polly; Nicholas Courtney as the Brigadier and John Pickard as Thomas Brewster. This is the second episode of Polly’s segment of the story. ‘The Three Companions’ is now complete in ‘The Companion Chronicles Specials’.
There is also a trailer for the next story with the Doctor, Ace and Hex called ‘The Angel of Scutari’.
‘Enemy of the Daleks’ rating – 8/10
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