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The King of Sontar (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, Jan 2014

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781782903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781782903
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Alaran on 1 Feb. 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2014
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This is the first in the third series of Tom Baker Fourth Doctor Big Finish full cast audio adventures with Leela, played wonderfully as always by Louise Jameson. Neither Tom Baker nor Louise Jameson seem to sound a day older than they were when they played these character on tv in the 1970s, and their travels in the Tardis still sound as fresh as ever.

Of course, everyone who is about to listen to this story wants to know how it is that Leela can have this adventure, which clearly involves the Sontarans, and still not have her ‘first’ meeting with them until Invasion of Time. And it is done here, and it is done very cleverly – as John Dorney says in the booklet – “no memory wipe, no amnesia”.

The Tardis lands unexpectedly in the wrong place, and the Doctor is quick to understand that, for some reason the Time Lords have sent him on one of their ‘missions’ again – just like an odd job man, he grumbles as he and Leela set off to find out where they are, and what is wrong with the universe. Meanwhile, a twelve-strong Sontaran Assassination Squad has just been on the receiving end of their own punishment, and Strang has proven himself unkillable once again. But what is a Sontaran doing on Dowcra base, and why are the Sontarans trying to kill one of their own? Can the Doctor and Leela stop whatever is going on here, and can they even escape unharmed themselves?

This is a great story; it feels like a real ‘classic’ 1970s tv story, and you can imagine it being played out on the small screen wonderfully well. There is loads of action – from vast explosions to murderous killings, from beginning to end. And the Doctor and Leela are on top form – the Doctor is “mouthy” as Strang complains, and Leela is a “rogue female”.
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