AlI stock has shot up by over 15 percent on news that galaxy-famous scientist Davros, controversial creator of the Daleks, has been hired to work on unspecified technological projects. Davros has been given the chance to redeem himself. Humanity stands on the verge of a new era, but it needs the help of the galaxy's greatest ever scientist. But Davros is dead...isn't he?
From the bunkers and shelters of ancient Skaro to the gleaming Domes of the Future Earth Empire, Davros has always been a man of destiny. Now he's working for mankind's benefit. But how much do we really know about Davros? Has Davros really turned over a new leaf? The Doctor certainly doesn't think so. But is the Doctor always right?
Written by Lance Parkin and directed by Gary Russell.
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Turns a cartoon villain into a character
A sensible range of characters: enough to ensure variety, not so many that it's confusing who's who.
I was also taken by the amount of nuance. Besides Davros himself, there are people who are ruthless without being evil for evil's sake.
After the Doctor himself, Davros. And this surprised the heck out of me.
I'm quite rare among Doctor Who fans in that I think Genesis of the Daleks - the story that introduced Davros - is pretty poor. Davros dies at the end of his debut story, and I really hate it when characters are brought back from the dead. And honestly, what's he got going for him? He's a man in a mask whose wheelchair happens to be the lower part of a Dalek. And he rants a lot.
I avoided getting this play for years, partly because of this.
But as it turns out, not only is he fleshed out as a character, but his backstory seems much more interesting than it did before. I actually might enjoy Genesis of the Daleks if I ever watch it again. Well, maybe not go that far...
I especially enjoyed the flashbacks to pre-Dalek Skaro.
Not wanting to give too much away, but there's a moment when Davros does *not* deliver a tedious, "Ha ha I was lying all along, I'm actually really evil!" What we get instead is much more satisfying.
This play is primarily for Doctor Who fans. If you've never heard of the Daleks before, this probably won't mean much to you. On the other hand you don't have to be steeped in Who lore to enjoy it.
- Dr Caterpillar