The Galactic Union remains blissfully unaware of the Dalek
threat. Only the Graxis Wardens know the truth, but they have
been all but wiped out. With no news from Selestru's agent
Galanar, Siy Tarkov and Amur head for the Border Worlds on
a mission of their own...
The Daleks are used quite sparingly in this instalment, but
never mind: there are plenty of other intriguing elements
to keep the listener interested. For example, the worm shows
signs of turning as Carneill (Oliver Hume) asserts his authority
over the Daleks. In an effective exchange, he turns their
comment from Chapter Two, "I am informing you now", right
back at them.
there are twists a-plenty as we - and Selestru (William Gaunt)
- discover there is more to Siy Tarkov's daughter Amur (Claudia
Elmhirst) than meets the eye. As Amur and Tarkov (Steven Elder)
prepare for their mission, the man's condition actually helps
to move the story forward. Snippets of exposition about the
nature of their assignment are cut together in a garbled sequence,
suggestive of his mental confusion, then suddenly we are en
also hear more from the mysterious female Dalek Supreme. Since
she is voiced by Sarah Mowat, there has to be a connection
between Susan Mendes and what I am tempted to call the "Dalek
Suzpreme", though exactly what that connection is has yet
to be made clear. What is for sure is that her alternately
whispering and screeching voice is really quite unsettling,
even though the idea of a female Dalek does seem a bit repetitious
of the Mentor in Dalek War.
episode runs a little shorter than usual, so the CD is bulked
out by ten minutes of behind-the-scenes material, as Nicholas
Briggs discusses the processes of scripting and casting. Regular
Big Finish subscribers will already have heard this stuff,
however, as it was previously included on disc five of the
free Big Finish Magazine.
story's pace flags a little during this instalment, but I'm
sure it will survive.
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