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Saturday, 20 October 2012
Prisoner of the Daleks (Audiobook Review)
As with the last review this is posted in full on
and this is simply a preview. If you want to see it in full then please follow the link through to there.
Prior to the airing of
Asylum of the Daleks
lead writer Steven Moffat announced his intention to make the daleks scary again. In his eyes they had become
“the most readily defeatable enemies in the universe”
and lacked the fear factor of when he was a child. While an admirable goal, they’ve already been made scary in recent stories. Case and point –
Prisoner of the Daleks
Catapulted back in time the tenth Doctor finds himself in the middle of the First Earth Empire’s desperate with the daleks. Separated from the TARDIS and most of his resources he finds himself working with a group of desperate bounty hunters struggling to survive in the conflict.
But when the bounty hunters achieve their ultimate goal of capturing a dalek alive their situation only becomes more dangerous. Only the Doctor seems to understand that a dalek is never truly harmless and it’s not long before the tables are turned upon them…
The book’s biggest strength is it manages to show the daleks as frightening on both a galactic and personal scale. Whenever the war is spoken of it is presented as meatgrinder of attrition and brief glimpses show it to be devastating entire worlds. Worse still is the daleks understand how fear can work in their favour and ruthlessly exploit it to win battles before they even begin. We also find out that when prisoners are taken alive it is far from any mercy, even for those with seemingly no worth as captives.
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