‘The Juggernauts’ (Audio)

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‘THE JUGGERNAUTS’

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The Doctor and Mel vs. Davros; the Daleks and the Mechanoids

This is one great Dalek fest!

‘The Juggernauts’ is one of my favourite Dalek stories featuring Colin Baker’s Doctor. It’s a great four-part story that’s action-packed and it contains lots of elements for ‘Doctor Who’ fans to enjoy. It not only features the Sixth Doctor facing the Daleks, but also Mel; Davros and the robotic Mechanoids.

I had this audio adventure for Christmas in 2010. I wanted to hear this story after seeing the Mechanoids in the TV story called ‘The Chase’ with William Hartnell. My Dad remembers the Mechanoids very well from ‘The Chase’ and I thought he would like to hear them this audio drama.

My Dad was impressed with this story and how the Mechanoids sounded on audio. Nicholas Briggs does a really terrific job doing the voices for the Mechanoids as well as for the Daleks. This story kept me interested throughout. It wasn’t boring at all and I’m very pleased I was able to listen to it easily.

I’ve had the CD cover of ‘The Juggernauts’ signed by Colin Baker; Bonnie Langford and Terry Molloy at conventions in Swansea, September 2013; Newcastle, October 2013 and Bournemouth, August 2015. Colin Baker and Terry Molloy recommended this to me at the ‘Regenerations 2010’ convention in Swansea, September 2010.

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‘The Juggernauts’ is by American ‘Doctor Who’ fan/writer Scott Alan Woodward. He managed to incorporate the Doctor; Mel; the Daleks; Davros and the Mechanoids superbly and balances the characters throughout. I’m really impressed with what Scott has done with writing this superb story.

The story has the Doctor sending Mel out into space after they escape from an exploding medical vessel. Months later, Mel lives a life on the colony planet of Lethe and is working with her fellow workers on a project run by a certain Professor Vasso. Mel gets to use her computer skills in this tale.

The project is on the development of a number of service-robots called the Juggernauts. The Juggernauts happen to be the Mechanoids; and Vasso happens to be Davros. The Doctor, after having been rescued by renegade Daleks, is sent to Lethe to find out what Davros is up to on Lethe.

In terms of continuity, ‘The Juggernauts’ is set in between ‘Revelation of the Daleks’ and ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’. Davros is now encased in a gleaming white and gold Dalek casing from his human/imperial Daleks remains on Necros. He’s soon on his way to becoming the Emperor Dalek.

Davros now has a metallic right hand as his real one got blown off in ‘Revelation’ and would be seen later on in ‘The Stolen Earth’/’Journey’s End’. This is the fourth time the Sixth Doctor meets Davros as his first was in ‘Davros’, his second was in ‘Revelation’ and his third was in ‘The Curse of Davros’.

I remember saying to Terry Molloy at a convention how much I enjoyed ‘The Juggeranuts’. Terry was delighted to hear me say that. I think it’s fair that Terry is one of the best actors to play Davros. That’s not discrediting Michael Wisher or Julian Bleach as they’re good too when they play Davros.

Davros now works under a disguise. He’s managed to convince his workers including Mel (with a perception filter) that he’s Professor Vasso; appearing human and in a wheel-bound chair. Terry plays Professor Vasso by using his own voice compared to Davro’s harsh; guttural tones like a Dalek.

Colin Baker delivers one of his best performances as the Doctor in this audio adventure. I’m really pleased with how Big Finish have developed and expanded Colin’s Doctor in more ways than one. Colin’s done hundreds of these audio dramas of ‘Doctor Who’. He never seems to get tired of them.

I liked that Colin’s Doctor’s focus is to save Mel as he shows more of his compassionate side in this story. He imbues his sense of humour and makes his Doctor wisecracking and loveable. Both the Doctor and Mel share an interesting relationship and he means business when he confronts Davros.

Bonnie Langford is terrific as Melanie Bush (Mel for short). Mel is a companion I feel sorry for as she didn’t get a good run of stories in the TV series. Scott Alan Woodward has made Mel a more interesting character for Bonnie to play with and I’m sure she enjoyed doing that as Mel on audio.

In this story, Mel has been living a life on Lethe for nearly three months. She’s made some good friends and I really like the almost potential romance Mel has with Geoff that’s subtly touched upon. Its clear Geoff really likes and fancies Mel and she responds warmly to him which I liked listening to.

The Daleks are great to listen to and are wonderfully voiced by Nicholas Briggs. There are echoes of the war between the renegade and imperial/human Daleks from the TV stories ‘Revelation’ and ‘Remembrance’. The sound effects for the Daleks are amazing in their gun battles against each other.

I was thrilled to bits when I heard the Mechanoids in this audio adventure. Nick Briggs makes them sound exactly as they were in ‘The Chase’ with the strange robotic language they used that no one can understand. The sound effects of the Mechaniods’ movement are the same as in ‘The Chase’.

These Mechanoids are different from ‘The Chase’ as they were originally pure robots meant for colonisation on Mechanus. Here, Davros turns them into something else as he puts human brains and body parts in the Mechanoids robotic bodies which is gruesomely horrible and must be stopped.

There are no CD extras for ‘The Juggernauts’, as there aren’t any trailers found at the end of Disc 2.

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‘The Juggernauts’ is a real Davros/Dalek/Mechanoid treat that I’ve enjoyed. I relished listening to this audio drama as it is pretty pacey and kept my interest throughout. It’s a great one with Terry Molloy as Davros; Bonnie Langford as Mel and Colin Baker as the Doctor with Daleks and Mechanoids in it.

‘The Juggernauts’ rating – 10/10


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5 Responses to ‘The Juggernauts’ (Audio)

  1. IWishIHadATardis says:

    Hi Tim

    Great review of a story I must listen to again; I have very good memories of it, and would really like to revisit it. I will get to it eventually in my re-listening!

    I think this is a great idea, having Davros turn up in a story like this; and having the Mechonoids as well was a really great idea. Talk about being spoiled for choice with the baddies!

    Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford are really great in this story, I recall.

    Thanks for your review, Tim, I really enjoyed reading it; a nice bit of nostalgia, and a very interesting take on your meetings with some of the people involved, and the other information you’ve put in for us.

    Thanks!
    Leigh

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  2. Tim Bradley says:

    Hi Leigh

    Thanks for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘The Juggernauts’. It’s one of my favourite Dalek stories and it’s a great one to feature the Sixth Doctor; Mel; Davros; the Daleks and the Mechanoids all in one. I hope you’ll get to re-listen to it someday.

    Yes I know, this is a Dalek treat for any ‘Doctor Who’ fan! I love it that Davros; the Daleks and the Mechanoids all feature in one story and Scott Alan Woodward does a pretty amazing job balancing the villains out with the Doctor and Mel in it too. I was surprised by what was inside the Mechanoids and it did give me the shudders.

    I enjoyed Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford in this adventure. I really like how Mel is developed as a character in the Big Finish audios compared to the TV series and her relationship with the Sixth Doctor is wonderful to hear. I wish there was more of this in the TV series, but glad we can hear it in the audios.

    I take it you liked my photos with Colin Baker; Bonnie Langford and Terry Molloy at conventions then. It was great to see all three of them at the same convention. Bonnie was especially nice to me when I met her.

    I also take it you enjoyed the continuity references I’ve put in my review to other Davros stories to help with the reader understand where this story takes place in the ‘Doctor Who’ universe.

    Glad you enjoyed my review, Leigh. I’m pleased it kept you entertained and that you found it helpful.

    Tim. 🙂

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  3. IWishIHadATardis says:

    Hi Tim

    I did like your review. It’s been a while since I listened to this, I must get back to it again.

    I agree, the BF audios have really allowed Mel to be developed well as a character, which is great. It’s nice to be able to hear her both with the Sixth Doctor and with the Seventh Doctor, and have her character work so well with both of them. Hearing her with the Sixth Doctor in this story is a real treat.

    I did like your photos with Colin Baker, Bonnie Langford and Terry Molloy. I would imagine they would all be very nice to meet. Terry Molloy always sounds as though he’d have a lot of funny stories to tell. I agree with your thought that he always made a great Davros, too.

    I do like the continuity references for the Daleks, I think that’s a good pointer for listeners, so they can work out the time frame. Excellent stuff, Tim.

    Leigh

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  4. Timelord 007 says:

    Love the pictures Tim you ain’t half met some actors from Doctor Who.

    I listened to this again recently & it’s a cracking well written story that keeps the listener on edge as to what happens next.

    Your review sums up perfectly why this excellent audio drama deserves 10/10

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  5. Tim Bradley says:

    Hello Simon.

    Glad you like my pictures with the stars. I’m amazed I’ve had ‘The Juggernauts’ signed by Colin; Bonnie and Terry and have met them all conventions. I need Nick Briggs’ signature on ‘The Juggernauts’ next! 😀

    I’m glad you listened to this recently. It is a very good Dalek story and a treat for the fans who love the classic Dalek stories with Davros and the Mechanoids in it. I enjoyed it very much especially with the Doctor and Mel as the heroes of the story.

    Very pleased you find my review sums up what this story is about and that you approve with how I rate it. Thanks. Tim. 🙂

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