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Interesting Concept

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Tuesday 6 February 2018
Rating:   7

This first in a trilogy of doubles gives Big Finish another approach to keep the Doctor Who audios fresh. This time, the listener gets two 2-part stories vaguely joined, rather than one 4-part story. It helps in having the audios match the pace of New Who. On the other hand, it introduces some of the problems of New Who in that the need to get it over quickly can deny the audience of character interaction and deeper plot development. In this duo, the first "Alien Heart," is the weaker story. The Doctor and Nyssa stumble upon a secret Dalek plot, this time by an isolated side group. This bunch of Daleks are from earlier in Dalek history than the New Who Daleks. The second, "Dalek Soul," is by far the more interesting. Even though the gimmick is a bit obvious, it is played out very well, with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton giving extraordinary performances as darker versions of their characters. The whole is a worthwhile deviation from the normal run of Big Finish audios.

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