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Layer Cake

By:writingbluebear, jersey
Date:Thursday 13 November 2008
Rating:   10

Daleks, the typcial approach is the grand grand adventure life as we know if about to fold and an unarmed man and a girl laughing in the face of the most deadly creature. Brotherhood really demonstrates the success of a new direction for Big Finish, strong story arcs, building their own big finish universe, sub plots, worlds, history. Giving a pallet from which it can draw to paint strong, believable story lines with excellent people living in it. Not afraid to have complex stories to hold the listener. Brotherhood is one of the best.

Brotherhood of Brilliance

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Friday 21 November 2008
Rating:   10

The big finish team never seem to run out of steam. whereas the new series dalek stories have all been rather bland and stilted, here is a fresh and cool new adventure. But id expect nothing less from Alan Barnes.

So the tardis arrives on spiridon apparently. The sound effects are just so right and sound no different from the brilliant Planet Of The Daleks. This is such a cool idea, revisiting spiridon in the future.

What is also great about this story too is the twists and turns. The episode endings are some of the best ive heard on a big finish production. this story is second only to Kingdom of Silver for overall storytelling. This is a very memorable tale.

Colin Baker leads the show brilliantly as usual but India makes thoisis story i think. And she was right about the reveal all scene, the final take was far better and realistic. Far more emotional and involved. Good thinking to do it again India, directors dont always know it all after all.

There are some classy moments elsewhere too, like the daleks being affected by the kyropites too and going doolally. that is class! and the final scene is excellent and finishes the play off so very well. This comes highly recommended from me.

The word is... the word IS...

By:Doug, Pocono Summit, PA, USA
Date:Saturday 21 November 2009
Rating:   6

Brotherhood of the Daleks does have its interesting points, yet by the end, that satisfying pop had really contracted for me. As the story progresses, we find that the wider range we thought was the reality of the story shrinks down into a rather claustrophobic situation. We're sent round in circles repeatedly, all for the sake of what ends up being a failed cause. To add insult to injury, we're given a tantalizing scene between Charley and the Doctor, just to have it snatched away again.

Yes, it's interesting to see the elements from other Big Finish creations put to use here, and the final revelation of "the word" makes for a poignant ending, but the overall result felt somewhat unsatisfying.

Daleks of the World Unite!

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Saturday 16 December 2017
Rating:   7

A five-part drama involving a weird experiment is as intriguing as it is confusing. A Thal scientist has somehow gotten a hold of the works of Karl Marx. Running his operation as a socialist collective, he works to integrate Thal psychology into Daleks, trying to turn Daleks from essentially National Socialists to Marxist Socialists and thus to end the war between Thals and Daleks. That in itself is an interesting idea. Alan Barnes has complicated matters, though, by making the experiment depend upon hallucinations from psychotropic drugs, and introduced Dalek replicants into the mix. Thus, there is quite a bit of "is this reality?" running through the story. The trouble with the "what is real?" approach is that the writer needs to signal to the listener at the right moments whether a particular scene is real or imaginary, while at the same time not making the revelation so obvious that the listener would not believe that the characters couldn't catch on. Barnes has not really negotiated this aspect of hist story very well, so that by about part 3 it is nearly impossible for the listener to trust that any scene is real or that any character is not a Dalek replicant. Add to this some un-accounted-for gaps in scene changes and Barnes has greatly reduced the impact his central idea may have.

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