Now established within the Scientific Elite, Davros is pushing
the boundaries of Kaled experimentation further and further
forward. Access to Thal DNA spearheads an entirely new field
of research for the scientist and his team. However, as Davros
becomes more and more intrigued by genetic mutations, others
around him begin to fear him, his drive and his obsessive
thirst for power. Meanwhile, he must learn to cope with betrayal
and political manoeuvrings that will leave him changed forever...
Davros audio drama, another dual-layered episode title.
Corruption refers not only to political sleaze - to
which the Kaled Supremo (John Stahl), Lady Calcula (Carolyn
Jones) and even ultimately Davros himself (Terry Molloy) all
prove susceptible - but also to the genetic mutations that
Davros and his fellow scientists observe when living cells
are exposed to radiation.
Lance Parkin's script brings us significantly closer to the
Davros and the Skaro with which we are familiar. We learn
that Drammankin Lake has been informally renamed "the Lake
of Mutations", a reference to the very first Doctor Who
Dalek story, The
Daleks. We are introduced to the tunnel system
featured in Genesis
of the Daleks, which is also infested with
mutations. And, towards the end of the episode, Davros is
crippled in a Thal attack. A subsequent scene re-enacts the
memorable moment from Ben Aaronovitch's novelisation of Remembrance
of the Daleks and Parkin's audio drama Davros,
in which the twisted genius chooses life and the prospect
of vengeance and power over the peace of death.
ever, sound designer/musician Steve Foxon provides authentic
Skarosian effects, though the illusion is briefly shattered
by a distinctive door chime lifted from Picard's ready room
in Star Trek: The Next Generation and by the presence
of a Kaled woman with a West Country accent (of course, the
Ninth Doctor once told us that lots of planets have a north,
so evidently Skaro also has a west). Elsewhere, an intrusive
fountain effect is so loud that I initially took it to be
a fry-up in progress.
my adoration for this series has been ever-so-slightly corrupted
by such technical flaws, it sets things up very effectively
for the eagerly awaited fourth and final instalment...
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