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The King of Sontar (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

John Dorney
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (Jan 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1781782903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781782903
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King Sized Problem for The Doctor and Leela. 3 April 2014
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The combination of Tom Baker, Louise Jameson and Dan Starkey as the Sontarian make this an irresistible draw.

Tom Baker is my favourite Doctor, Leela one of the better companion characters.
Dan Starkey really impressed me in his portrayal of Strax in the television programmes but more importantly with his reading of The Devil in the Smoke.
(Now I can REALLY recommend that story to you. )
Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke

But the title The King of Sontar really attracted this reviewer.
Now the title is very clever but you only realise this after listening to the story.

The story is a mere 60 minutes long it is short and leaves you wanting more which is no bad thing.
At double the time it would have been just as satisfying.

There simply is not a moment of dialogue wasted in this fast paced story.

The story opens with a 12 strong Sonatarian assasination squad invading the Dowcra Base. The fact that these are an elite set of... well you provide the adjective and are seeking out just the leader of the planet indicates that this is a big threat to them.

There is a wonderful scene where the elite squad meet the leader and ask him to surrender and be executed.
He warns them that they should surrender and takes out the whole 12 in one fell swoop!! Now I would love to have seen that but in an audio you see the scene in your mind.

A brilliant start.
The Doctor finds he has been sent by the Timelords to sort it out and his companion is the lovely Leela.

Leela of course is a warrior par excelence this provides a wonderful counter balance to the warrior sect of the Sontarians.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Sontar-Ha 1 Feb 2014
By Alaran
I confess to being a big fan of Sontarans. Hence I’ve been eagerly awaiting this release that pitches them against the Fourth Doctor once more. Thankfully it doesn’t disappoint.

In recent years, especially with Strax, the Sontarans seemed to have been used in a more amusing manner. Even their part in Trenzolore serves only to provide some comic relief. The Sontarans in this story are more serious, desperate and hence seem more deadly. This story re-instates them as a threat, one almost as dangerous as the Daleks or Cybermen. It does this from the play’s start. Indeed the story begins with an explosive opening that immediately sets the tone for what will come.

There is about as much action as you could possibly fit into and audio play. And the story warrants it. Without it the atmosphere would lack the manic chaos that permeates it. The fabulously produced soundtrack of explosions and gunfire ramps up the tension and gives the whole story a strong sense of pace and urgency. Of course this does mean that some lines of dialogue are delivered between exchanges of fire which feels a little artificial. But that is merely one of the drawbacks of audio.

However, the story is not all action. There are some delightful philosophical ponderings that briefly skirt around some of the issues raised in ‘Genesis of the Daleks’. They prevent the whole story from becoming just a lot of fighting and strengthen the motivations of the characters. They offer credible explanations for why they choose to act as they do. They also enable an exploration of an underutilised side to Leela and the Doctors’ relationship that looks as if it will continue into later stories of this particular series.
The Doctor and Leela are separated early on to allow them to play to their strengths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The glory of a Sontaran 1 Mar 2014
A new Doctor Who audio story. Featuring Tom Baker as the Doctor and Louise Jameson as his companion Leela. This is the start of a new season of audios for them.

This story is entirely stand alone and self contained and does not tie in with any other stories, so casual listeners can hear it without any problem.

The story runs for two episodes, of thirty minutes each [approx.] and is complete on a single cd.

It sees the TARDIS visit a remote base. Which is under the control of a ruthless leader, and where prisoners are being forced to work to aid an experiment. One that threatens all of the universe should it come to fruition.

Even a race who would usually oppose the Doctor want this stopped. Because the base is under the control of the greatest Sontaran ever cloned. A truly deadly foe. How can he be defeated?

Some people have said that the Sontarans have become a joke on the tv show, and aren't taken seriously any more. If you feel this way then you will want to listen to this story. Because this features Strang, a Sontaran who is entirely serious, immensely powerful and a truly excellent foe for the Doctor.

Actor Dan Starkey, who plays Sontarans on TV, voices Strang - among other characters - and as he did in the recent Seventh Doctor Audio 'Starlight Robbery' does some superb acting, making every character sound and act totally different.

Also in the cast is David Collings, best known as Silver in 'Sapphire and Steel' but also veteran of three Doctor who tv stories back in the day. He plays Rosato, a scientist, and turns in a wonderfully three dimensional performance, making him a man of many facets.

The story could have worked on tv at the time.
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