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Doctor Who: Blood of the Daleks, Part 1 (New Eighth Doctor Adventures #1.1)

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"People of Red Rocket Rising, my fellow citizens. Our long night is over. I've been contacted by a benevolent people. They too have known great trials, but they have overcome them and made it their mission to help others do the same. They have offered us refuge, and passage to the nearest human worlds. They have the resources, and the patience and compassion, to evacuate e ...more
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Published January 1st 2007 by Big Finish Productions Ltd
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Drew
Aug 20, 2012 Drew rated it really liked it
Pretty awesome intro to the next series of 8th Doctor adventures, this time featuring companion Lucie Miller, who pops up on the TARDIS as part of a witness protection program. The Time Lords not only make it impossible for the Doctor to return Lucie to her proper time and place, but make the TARDIS inoperable without her.

But that's just the set-up for this year's arc. This particular two-part story sends the Doctor down to a planet on the brink of geological disaster. But the citizens' distres
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Tabitha
Sep 09, 2014 Tabitha rated it really liked it
I'm going to cover part one and two all at once, since I listened them together. This was my first Big Finish audio book. I was pleasantly surprised by the production quality, as I'd always thought these were just someone reading the book out loud (like other audio books I'd tried).

Ad far as the story itself goes, it was a typical Doctor Who style story. No real surprises and on par with the quality I'd expect. Paul McGann did a fantastic job, and I was able to picture him in costume and in char
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Rick
Nov 28, 2015 Rick rated it liked it
This is hard for me to review as I'm only just getting started on both the audio-books & the audio-dramas of the Eighth Doctor. Further this is not a self-contained story, but the first part of a larger arc. It's an interesting set up with a new companion with a mysterious past and lots of interesting characterization to play with. Certainly looking forward to the conclusion.
Shawn
Jan 16, 2017 Shawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: time-travel
Finally, the eight doctor really begins. As Dr Who officianados know, the eight doctor is a bit of an anomaly. He had one single episode in the early nineties to try and restart the series. It wasn't the restart people were looking for and so just the one episode. However, he did have a life on radio and through audio books like this one. This is the first official audio series featuring the eight doctor and this is the first episode. As with all Big Finish audios, the story is well written, wel ...more
★ Bentley ★
Oct 04, 2015 ★ Bentley ★ rated it it was amazing
I've often wanted to jump in to the Big Finish audio adventures, but I've often not known where to start. Thanks to the direction of a few friends, I settled on starting with some 8th Doctor adventures, and was turned on to his first story with Sheridan Smith, "The Blood of the Daleks" as a good place to start. I've not yet seen the TV movie with McGann, (although I have seen clips from it and of course there's Night of the Doctor) but I've really wanted to familarize myself with his stories so ...more
Stephen Osborne
Sep 19, 2016 Stephen Osborne rated it it was amazing
It's a shame we got to see so little of Paul McGann as the Doctor. He's really, really good. Luckily, we have the 8th Doctor's adventures courtesy of Big Finish, and this is a good introduction if you've not delved into them yet. Lucie Miller appears suddenly in the TARDIS, sent by the Time Lords as a sort of witness protection program. And her first adventure takes her to the planet Red Rocket Rising, a dying world that sees sudden hope when the Daleks offer to help. The Doctor knows help is th ...more
Jamie Revell
Mar 17, 2015 Jamie Revell rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-plays
Note: I am actually reviewing parts 1 and 2 together here, because they're one story, best listened to together if you have the time to do so.

This marked the re-launch of the 8th Doctor audio adventures as distinct from the main line of Big Finish audio plays. Taken by itself, it's a fairly standard dalek story, with obvious nods to past stories, most obviously, perhaps, "Remembrance of the Daleks". In this respect, there isn't much to make it stand above other dalek tales, although it has be on
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Jadetyger Sevea
May 30, 2010 Jadetyger Sevea rated it liked it
I've been bouncing around the Big Finish lines for a while, listening to whatever takes my fancy. Blood of the Daleks is a two-part serial featuring the Eighth Doctor and his new companion, Lucie Miller. I debated on listening to the whole thing through, then giving my thoughts, but decided that, in true episodic fashion, I'd do a review for each part separately.

The story starts out with promise: The TARDIS lands on Red Rocket Rising, a desolate planet whose few human survivors are scattered, wa
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Aidan
Mar 04, 2012 Aidan rated it really liked it
Given that this adventure is a two-parter, I have written a single review to cover both parts.

Not being much of a fan of Dalek stories I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this two part tale that kicks off the 8th Doctor/Lucie Miller audio adventures.

Part one does a strong job of introducing us to the Doctor's new companion with an opening in which Lucie just suddenly appears in the TARDIS and the Doctor has to figure out exactly how and why that has happened. The answer is a really intrig
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Nicholas Whyte
a rather good double feature introducing new companion Lucie and bringing her and the Doctor to a planet under threat from natural disaster but seeking help from, of all people, the Daleks. There are some neat developments of the history and ideology of the Daleks: riffs on two of the best Dalek stories (Power and Genesis), and then the question of how the Daleks would react to a secondary creation. The politics of the human colony is well thought out too.[return][return]I was not so sure about ...more
Steven
Jun 08, 2015 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, plays, british
To the Doctor's puzzlement and consternation, Lucie Miller appears in the TARDIS; he attempts to return her to the North of England in 2006, but finds that a temporal shield prevents him from landing there. Instead, the two find themselves on the human colony world Red Rocket Rising, which has suffered an asteroid strike and the consequent impact winter. The survivors include the colony's acting president, Eileen Klint, disgraced scientist Asha Gryvern and the apparently paranoid Tom Cardwell. K ...more
Sarah
Oct 21, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: tossed, kept, audio
I absolutely hate reading series books out of order; even if you can read them out of order without any problems. Something about that just makes me go bonkers. This is most likely why I haven't really listened to before; I could never find #1 or a good starting place that would serve as the beginning. And I have to admit that Big Finish isn't really any help with this with their "You can start anywhere!" attitude. Maybe it's my years of buying from library book sales where you can only find Vol ...more
Christopher Buchanan
This was the first Big Finish that I actually purchased a few years back and it made enough of an impression that I'm now a fan with about 170 or so. In some respects, it's kind of your average Dalek story with hints of stories like Destiny of the Daleks to it, but lets face it, by this point a completely original Dalek story is pretty much out of the question. But, it has a solid story to it with some interesting twists and a dark, post-apocalyptic setting. It has a very well developed mood to ...more
Amanda
Dec 03, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
I listened to the first season and half of The Eight Doctor & Lucie Miller incredibly close together and back to back, so all of them are going to end up with the same review for the moment while I'm fixing up my forgotten rec's and clearing out my Currently Reading Folder (which shouldn't be 40+ books, it should be somewhere relatively close to right under ten).

I have loved meeting Eight, and his resigned but inspirational way of being. I love Lucy's moxy, and her mouth. Her mouth may be t
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Diane
Jan 27, 2016 Diane rated it it was amazing
"We have come to help! Fish and chips for all!"

I'll count parts 1 & 2 as one.

This was wonderful. My first story with Paul McGann as the eighth doctor and he couldn't have been more interesting or great in the role. These audio dramas are very well acted, and this story could have easily fit into the television series.

My favorite part, however, was in the second part when McGann is making fun of the daleks. I won't give anything away, but he mimics them to their faces and it's hilarious. This
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Mel
May 28, 2013 Mel rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
And so it begins... Having heard so much about Lucie Miller and the Eighth Doctor it was nice to start hearing of their adventures. Lucie is quite gobby and stands up to the Doctor, which is good. I liked that the society had a woman president and an evil woman scientist (even if that was a bit more complicated). I always enjoy the daleks when they are pretending to help people. This was a nice start to the series and I'm looking forward to hearing more.
Noah Soudrette
Mar 22, 2008 Noah Soudrette rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, audio
An excellent first part of a new Dalek adventure featuring the 8th Doctor. This is really spot on and excellent as far as a Doctor Who adventure is concerned. My only concern is that the new companion, Lucie Miller, is quite a bit unlikable so far, but we'll see how that goes. Also, the disc has some nice interviews with the actors at the end.
Emily Ross
Sep 10, 2016 Emily Ross rated it it was amazing
I just love the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller. I think they're great together, and what better to start their adventures together than with the Daleks?
Also, Time Lord witness protection? That is a great idea.
Erichyde
Aug 26, 2014 Erichyde rated it really liked it
Liked it, but you can tell they're just beginning the arc with Eight.

The Dalek plot was a little cut and dry but Lucie is a great character.

Underwhelmed by Eight so far.
Sara Habein
Apr 14, 2014 Sara Habein rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
A touch different because it's for BBC radio and not just a regular Big Finish release. Interesting premise, and Lucie Miller has Donna levels of sass.
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Nov 13, 2011
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Steve Lyons is a science fiction writer, best known for writing television tie-ins of Doctor Who for BBC Books, and previously, Virgin. The earliest of these was Conundrum in 1994, and his most recent was 2005's The Stealers of Dreams. He has also written material for Star Trek tie-ins, as well as original work.
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