‘Order of the Daleks’ (Audio)

‘ORDER OF THE DALEKS’

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Constance meets the Daleks

Only Mike Tucker can come up with the idea of stained-glass Daleks! 😀

It’s been a while since I checked out the first set of Sixth Doctor/Constance Clarke audios of ‘Doctor Who’ by Big Finish in late 2016. Not that I’m not interested in the Sixth Doctor and Constance Clarke. It’s just I’ve been really busy with other projects associated with my ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog lately.

I can happily say that I’m back on track into checking out more Sixth Doctor/Constance audios with the first one being ‘Order of the Daleks’ by Mike Tucker. This is the first adventure of the 2016 Big Finish audio trilogy starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Miranda Raison as Constance Clarke.

At this point, I’ve no idea how this trilogy is going to conclude. As a reminder, Constance Clarke is a WREN from 1940s Britain who first met the Sixth Doctor in ‘Criss-Cross’. She’s had many adventures with the Doctor since then, including ‘Planet of the Rani’ and ‘Shield of the Jötunn’, which I enjoyed.

She was also in the first episode of ‘The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure’ called ‘The End of the Line’. I did wonder whether I would get back into Constance’s character after being away from her audio adventures for so long. Thankfully, I surprisingly got into Constance’s character easily enough.

Miranda Raison also played Tallulah in ‘Daleks in Manhattan’/’Evolution of the Daleks’ and she’s done quite a lot of film and TV work over the years, including starring in 2017’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. She’s certainly a very talented actress and she does play Constance pretty well here.

I was looking forward to how Constance’s adventures with the Sixth Doctor would continue and how their relationship would be developed in their travels. Maybe Constance will be reunited with her husband someday. Who knows? I was intrigued about where Constance’s adventures will take her. 🙂

In ‘Order of the Daleks’, the Doctor and Constance visit the planet Strellin. It’s recorded as an idyllic Grade 3 planet and is protected from un-prohibited off-worlders. However, all is not as it seems when the Doctor and Constance meet up with two members of the Galactic Census that visit Strellin.

The Doctor and Constance with their two Galactic Census allies Pendle and Asta discover that the Daleks are on Strellin. Or rather one Black Dalek who has its hold on the Brotherhood of the Black Petal. The Black Dalek has also had glass-stained Daleks to be created as its servants on the planet. 😐

Determined to stop the Daleks, the Doctor and his friends must find a way to break the Black Dalek’s control on the Abbot of the Brotherhood. Could the use of some particular plant-life be essential in defeating the Daleks once and for all? Or will it end up all in disaster and will the Daleks win the day?

This is four-part adventure by Mike Tucker, directed by Jamie Anderson, who is the son of Gerry Anderson, the creator of ‘Thunderbirds’. 😀 Mike Tucker is no stranger to ‘Doctor Who’ himself, having been a special effects man on certain tales of the TV show, both the classic era and the new era.

Mike has also had his hand in writing many ‘Doctor Who’ stories in books, audios, etc. I have enjoyed Mike Tucker’s writing in ‘Doctor Who’. He comes across as a decent and underrated writer. I’ve met him in real-life once. He even signed my book copy of ‘The Crawling Terror’ with the Twelfth Doctor.

In terms of working with Daleks, he never got the chance to work with them in ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’, which is a shame. Thankfully, he did get to work on the new series Daleks when they came back in ‘Dalek’ and such. It’s clear that Mike Tucker knows a lot about Daleks working on the show. 🙂

So it’s very interesting that he comes up with this concept of stained-glass Daleks in this particular adventure. From looking at the artwork created for this story, the Daleks look like they come from the inside of a church. This is very fitting for the Brotherhood of the Black Petal featured in the story.

I’m not sure how the stained-glass Daleks would work in a TV medium and whether they would be very difficult to manoeuvre and could easily break apart on set. But it’s a fascinating idea and one that I think is executed well in the audio realm. Your suspense of disbelief is maintained throughout.

Colin Baker excels well as the Sixth Doctor in this audio adventure. He bounces off Constance really well and his sense of humour never falters when he interacts with other characters and attends to Daleks. He’s fascinated by what’s going on and how the Daleks happen to be on the planet Strellin. 😐

The Doctor gets to learn from Boswyck about what happened when the Daleks crash-landed and how the Brotherhood were seduced by their power in the first place. Of course, the Doctor uses plenty of cunning by the tale’s end so he can outwit the Daleks and break their control of the Abbot.

Miranda Raison is equally good as Constance Clarke in this story. The Doctor often refers to Constance as ‘Mrs. Clarke’, so it’s not exactly a personal buddy-buddy relationship between them. But Constance is clearly very fond of the Doctor and seems to have learnt to trust him pretty lately. 🙂

I liked hearing Constance’s first reaction to a glass-stained Dalek when she saw it. She found it beautiful, telling the Doctor herself, not realising the danger that the Daleks can cause to anyone. I like how Constance can be strong-willed and is looking out for everyone during dangerous situations.

This story features John Savident as Pendle, a Census Assessor who comes to the planet with his colleague Asta. John Savident briefly appeared as the Squire in the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘The Visitation’. He also starred in ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Yes Minister’ and ‘Jeeves & Wooster’ of all things.

Pendle is a rather stuck-up rule-bound windbag when he accompanies the Doctor, Constance and Asta on their adventure to sort out the Daleks. He doesn’t really contribute much apart from complaining a lot. Honestly, Asta was more competent as a character compared to how Pendle was.

Olivia Hallinan guest stars as Asta in this audio adventure. Olivia is well-known for playing Laura Timmins in the BBC period drama ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’. She was also in the ‘Torchwood’ episode ‘Out of Time’ where she played Emma-Louise Cowell. It was nice to hear her in this audio adventure.

There’s also Robbie Stevens who plays two characters in this audio adventure – Boswyck and Raspak. Robbie Stevens has done a lot of Big Finish audio roles over the years. To name certain ones, he starred in ‘The Waters of Amsterdam’ and ‘The Peterloo Massacre’ with Peter Davison’s Doctor. 🙂

He was also in ‘Criss-Cross’ with Colin Baker and Miranda Raison, playing three different characters in that. Here, he plays Boswyck who is a kind-hearted ‘monk’ of the Brotherhood of the Black Petal who assists the Doctor and Constance, whilst also playing Raspak who’s a quite nasty piece of work. 😐

And of course, we have Nicholas Briggs back as the voice of the Daleks in this audio adventure. But he not only plays the Daleks. He also plays Tanapal, who is the Abbot of the Brotherhood of the Black Petal. I couldn’t help think of that Abbot from ‘The Abominable Snowmen’ for some reason. 😀

It’s interesting how Tanapal’s character gets unveiled and he turns out to be under the control of the Daleks. Sometimes, Tanapal sounds more Daleky when his true colours are unveiled before the Doctor. The Daleks still sound menacing as ever when Nicholas Briggs is voicing them in the audios. 🙂

The guest cast also includes Sam Fletcher who plays Rosco and Gabber, two novices of the Brotherhood who are twins, I believe. Gabber gets killed off whilst Rosco is betraying Boswyck to the Daleks at some point. There’s also Joseph Kloska who plays Habrild, another ‘monk’ character, I think.

‘Order of the Daleks’ has been an enjoyable audio adventure to listen to. I’m glad to get back into the Sixth Doctor and Constance by this point and I like how Constance’s first meeting with the Daleks has fared out. Mike Tucker is a very good writer here too. I wonder where our heroes will go next. 😐

The CD extras are as follows. At the end of Disc 1, there’s a suite of incidental music to enjoy. At the end of Disc 2, there are behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew including Colin Baker, Miranda Raison, Nicholas Briggs, writer Mike Tucker, director Jamie Anderson, Olivia Hallinan, etc. There’s also a trailer for the next story with the Sixth Doctor and Constance called ‘Absolute Power’.

If you subscribe to Big Finish for ‘Order of the Daleks’ via a 6 or 12 CD/download subscription, you’ll get the following extras. There’s a PDF script and extended extras of ‘Order of the Daleks’.

‘Order of the Daleks’ rating – 8/10


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2 thoughts on “‘Order of the Daleks’ (Audio)

  1. Timelord 007

    I reviewed this one on my Amazon reviews page (give me a like lol)

    Dalek find religion? Lol i loved this story, as soon as i seen the cover for this & that it was written by Mike Tucker (very underrated writer) & it did not disappoint, great story, interesting characters, tense, scary, dramatic just how Doctor Who should be..

    Brilliant review Tim, you summed up this awesome audio drama magnificently.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      I’ve had a quick look on your review for ‘Order of the Daleks’ on Amazon and have given it a ‘helpful’ vote. I see you can’t comment on the reviews anymore via Amazon.

      Very pleased you liked ‘Order of the Daleks’ when you heard it. I found it a compelling story by Mike Tucker and Colin Baker and Miranda Raison excel as the Doctor and Constance in this adventure.

      Many thanks for your comments,

      Tim. 🙂

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