Doctor Who: Plague of the Daleks
by Mark Morris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This play starts off quite strong. The Doctor and Nyssa arrive in Stockbridge in the far future, and quickly realize that something very strange is going on. After some spooky experiences, they discover that in this time period, Stockbridge is now a kind of heritage theme park, sealed off in an environment bubble on an Earth that has been rendered uninhabitable by solar flares. But money is tight, the park isn't entirely well maintained, and things start to go wrong.
And then the Daleks show up. And I'm afraid the play gets abruptly less interesting. It's not particularly surprising to learn that what's been going on is part of a secret Dalek plot. And I predicted at least two of the subsequent plot twists before they occurred. It's not badly done, but it's very much a page out of the typical Dalek playbook.
Episode 3 also features a rather lengthy sequence where Nyssa and Lysette are hiding from a pursuing Dalek in a church, and spend an awfully long time talking in not-very-hushed voices about what's going on and what they're going to do. I know that you're a bit stuck for this sort of thing in audio drama, where sound is the only effective means you have for painting a picture, but in this particular case, I really couldn't believe that the Dalek couldn't hear them. I think they'd have been better off shortening or cutting the scene.
Still a worthwhile play, even if it doesn't live up to the promise of its early, magnificently creepy scenes. View all my reviews >>