Briggs, Nicholas

About the Author:

Nicholas Briggs is an actor, sound-designer, director, editor and writer.  He provided the voices for the Cybermen, the Nestene Consciousness and the iconic Daleks on the BBC's Doctor Who TV show.

 

AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:

2 out of 5

(1 book)

Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation

An original adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and set between the departure of Amy Pond and the arrival of Clara Oswald.  Answering a distress call leads the Doctor to find himself suddenly the guardian of three young orphans.  He then has to unravel the sinister mystery of the Sunlight Worlds where the Daleks have established themselves, against their nature, as benevolent aides to mankind.

At first the idea of the Daleks pretending to be nice for some secret reason genuinely intrigued me, but as this book went on I realised there's a problem with this premise.  The Doctor knows the Daleks are evil.  You know the Daleks are evil.  I know the Daleks are evil.  So when it turns out that the seemingly benevolent Daleks are evil, there is no impact to the discovery at all.  It's not so much a plot-twist as a plot-inevitability.

Also, not a lot actually happens in this book and, when we do get a bit of drama, the things that do happen inevitably go against the Doctor.  In fact, it is only in the last ten pages or so that the Doctor actually achieves anything.  So, if 240-odd pages of seeing the Doctor outwitted, defeated and generally failing in everything he tries is your sort of thing, then I've found the book for you. 

Personally I found it somewhere between frustrating and depressing.

2 out of 5

Collaborations & Anthologies:

Doctor Who: Short Trips - Dalek Empire (here)

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Doctor Who (here)