The galaxy is in the grip of a terrible war. Kalendorf and
his alliance forces are fighting alongside Daleks from another
dimension. But where is the evil Emperor of the Daleks from
the stupendous cliffhanging climax to last year's Dalek
Empire four-CD series, writer/director Nicholas Briggs
throws us straight into the conflict between the two Dalek
factions. The story is picked up several years later, with
Kalendorf (Gareth Thomas), Mirana (Teresa Gallagher) and Alby
(Mark McDonnell) having fought beside the allied Daleks for
some time now.
in the voice-modulation process ensure that the mutant factions
are easily distinguishable from one another.
in my review of Dalek Empire: Chapter Four, I commented
upon the similarity with Fire and Brimstone, an Eighth
Doctor comic strip from Doctor Who Magazine, which
also depicted Daleks from beyond our universe. Since then,
another Eighth Doctor Dalek strip, Children of the Revolution,
has featured friendly Daleks - survivors from the civil war
in The Evil of the Daleks. What with the creatures
in the Kit Kat commercial, and a rather sympathetic individual
in Big Finish's recent Doctor Who release, Jubilee,
one can hardly move for affable Daleks these days!
being the first episode of a new mini-series, the adventure
is far from being entirely composed of space battle after
space battle. This is still a very human story, and there
are a number of new and intriguing questions to be answered
while the plot hots up, including the true fates of Susan
Mendes (Sarah Mowat) and the Dalek Emperor.
promising new chapter to the saga.
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