Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Big Finish - Energy of the Daleks

Release number four in the Big Finish Fourth Doctor series: Energy of the Daleks. Written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, with Tom Baker, Louise Jameson and Mark Benton.

The Doctor and Leela arrive in London in time to witness a company called Globesphere solve the energy crisis, but all is not what it seems and there is a malevolent force behind the plan to harness solar power from the Moon. Guess who, or what?

I listen to the Big Finish podcasts and last month I entered a competition tied in to their Sherlock Holmes series, and this is the CD I won! I bought the first two of the Fourth Doctor stories at Big Finish day but time and money prevented me from subscribing to them in addition to the regular monthly releases so this was a nice bonus. And it is a cracking story.

Tom Baker and Louise Jameson just seem to be having great fun recreating their roles from 30 years ago. And the Daleks are great with suitably scary voices by Nick Briggs. Mark Benton played the first named character to die in the 2005 revival of Doctor Who on television and here he is again intersecting with the Whoniverse. His character is on the receiving end of a lot of the Doctor's techno-babble and his responses are fantastic. He sums up the bewilderment most of us would feel if we ever encountered someone like the Doctor. It is a very nice turn by Benton and it really cemented this story for me.

I have found some of the monthly two CD stories a bit long in places. This single CD two parter really zips along and seemed too short in comparison. Maybe three episodes would suit me best? Anyway it's another great Big Finish release which is going to get the first full 5 out of 5 Dalek suction cups from me.

Next up is Peter Davison in The Jupiter Conjunction.

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