‘DALEKS AMONG US’
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Davros and the Daleks with the Doctor, Klein and Will
The final adventure of this Klein trilogy with the Seventh Doctor and the Daleks are back!
‘Daleks Among Us’ is a four-part adventure by Alan Barnes, starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor; Tracey Childs as Elizabeth Klein and Christian Edwards as Will Arrowsmith. I enjoyed listening to this adventure. It is pretty complex, but it’s got Daleks in it and also the return of Davros which is fantastic!
In this story, the Doctor, Klein and Will return to where they last were in 1945 from ‘Persuasion’ before being diverted to Garundel’s Galactic auction in ‘Starlight Robbery’. They hope to find the real Kurt Schalk who turns out to be Hinterberger. But as they return, the Daleks are waiting for them.
The Doctor, Klein and Will escape in the TARDIS which takes them to the planet Azimuth. There, the Daleks hide in secret and the TARDIS trio discovers that the word ‘Dalek’ is a dangerous word to use in the alien city. The Daleks also want the Persuasion machine. It turns out Davros is on Azimuth too.
If there’s one aspect of ‘Doctor Who’ that excites people, it’s Daleks. Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor faced the metal monsters on TV in ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’ and has had a fair share of Dalek stories on audio including ‘The Genocide Machine’ and ‘Enemy of the Daleks’. Here he is facing them again!
Nicholas Briggs provides the voices for the Dalek again in this audio adventure. I was very pleased to hear them in this audio adventure. Although I have to say, the Daleks and Davros aren’t prominent in this story as I would have liked, since most of it focuses on Klein; Schalk and the Persuasion machine.
I was excited when I heard Terry Molloy was reprising his role as Davros in this audio adventure. Terry has played Davros before in other Big Finish audios with Colin Baker. This marks the first time Terry as Davros faces Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor again on audio, since ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’.
Terry as ever delivers a chilling, menacing performance as Davros and adds more layers to the character than previous adventures. It was interesting how Davros managed to survive the events of ‘Remembrance’ and it was great to hear Sylvester’s Doctor face him and have some scenes with him.
The world of Azimuth is interesting as it was once great, but is now ruined by the Daleks. The people of Azimuth refuse to acknowledge the word ‘Dalek’, as it is like a swear word and is referred to as ‘the D word’. This gets the Doctor, Klein and Will into trouble when they mention that word ‘Dalek’.
There was an interesting point about Azimuth’s history, as there is a ‘naked’ liberty statue shaped in the image of Ace, the Seventh Doctor’s companion. This made me wonder whether the Doctor and Ace had been to Azimuth before and had I missed a previous adventure. Perhaps it is yet to be told.
Sylvester McCoy delivers an engaging performance as the Doctor in this tale. It’s interesting how the Doctor is so secretive and manipulative with his companions, especially Klein. I liked how he works out the connections between the Daleks and Schalk and his scenes with Davros are very sensational.
Tracey Childs equally delivers a sensational performance as Klein and I feel I know more about her from these audios. Klein knows that the Doctor is hiding something from her and she wants to find out what it is. More of Klein’s history is revealed as she travels in the TARDIS back to Germany, 1945.
Tracey also gets to play another character in this story, since she plays Klein’s German mother, Elizabeth Volkenrath. It was interesting hearing Tracey in a full German accent as her mother. There were times I thought Klein had been converted into a full-Nazi again and there was a good twist to it.
Christian Edwards delivers a good performance as Will Arrowsmith. It’s interesting how Alan Barnes envisages Will as a male Jo Grant. Had I known that, I would have got a better grasp of the character. But Will was interesting and he has moments of shock horror when meeting Davros and the Daleks.
This story features the return of Jonathan Forbes as Hinterberger, who turns out to be the real Kurt Schalk. Schalk turns out to be in charge of the Daleks on Azimuth. It was quite unnerving, since there was a Nazi in charge of the Daleks as both are similar in terms of ideals of race purity and superiority.
Davros has two ‘children’ of his who call him ‘Father’. They are Tim Delap as Falkus and Jessica Brooks as Qaren. These two are influenced by Davros with a hypnotic suggestion. It turns out they’re not as they appear. One of them happens to be the Supreme Dalek inside. Who could this be then?
This story also features the return of Paul Chahidi as the Shepherd, who was in the first story of the trilogy, ‘Persuasion’. The Shepherd is released by Will who hopes may of help to rescue Klein when connected to the Persuasion machine. But releasing the Shepherd may not have been a good idea.
Yes, that’s right! Klein gets connected to the Persuasion machine by Schalk. Both the Supreme Dalek and Davros try to make Klein destroy the people of Azimuth by telling them to stop. But Klein is stronger and she manages to ‘stop’ the Daleks instead. But as a result, Klein dies. Or has she really?!
It turns out it wasn’t Klein connected the Persuasion machine at all. It was her mother all along. The Doctor and Will discover this and go back in time to 1945 to rescue Klein from imprisonment by the Russians. This means that this isn’t the end for Klein and that there are more stories to tell with her.
Davros also manages to escape, as he gets into a Dalek Time Capsule to get away from Azimuth. But Davros’ escape plan backfires, as he finds himself in a strange eerie world where he can’t escape. Does this mean the end of Davros? Surely not! I’m sure Davros will return to haunt the Doctor again!
I’ve enjoyed ‘Daleks Among Us’ very much. This hasn’t been the best trilogy of stories with Klein, but there are aspects that I’ve enjoyed from it. The new TARDIS team of the Doctor, Klein and Will doesn’t seem to have stopped and they may well return to have some new adventures. Who knows?
The CD extras are as follows. At the end of Disc 1, there is a suite of incidental music to enjoy. At the end of Disc 2, there is a trailer for ‘1963: Fanfare For The Common Men’ with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton. There are also some behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew to enjoy!
If you subscribe to Big Finish for ‘Daleks Among Us’ via a 6 or 12 CD/Download subscription, you’ll get the following extras. There is a PDF script and extended extras of ‘Daleks Among Us’. There’s also a bonus Short Trip called ‘Methuselah’ with the Fifth Doctor, read by John Banks.
‘Daleks Among Us’ rating – 7/10
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