The Genocide Machine
Audio / February 20, 2016

Released April 2000 ‘The Genocide Machine’ marks the Daleks’ first appearance in a Big Finish story. Written by Mike Tucker of Doctor Who novels fame, this tale firmly falls into traditional fare category, but his writing of the Daleks themselves is fantastic and proves that the mortal foes of the Doctor have plenty of life left in them for the audio medium. The plot is fairly straightforward in that the Daleks are seeking to invade the library of Kar-Charrat in order to gain access to The Wetworks, the greatest repository of knowledge in existence, and further establish themselves as the greatest force in the universe, a plan complicated by the presence of another alien being and ultimately thwarted by the Doctor. What works so well regarding the Daleks here is that they are not tied to the presence of Davros as was the case for several consecutive televised stories in the 70s and 80s. Here they are portrayed as the cunning and ruthless creatures they were originally intended to be, and the lengths they go to to gain access to the library and further their plan is astounding, actually achieving success- if for only a short time- through the use…