VictorHALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is the thirty third and a half release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and Robert Jezek as Frobisher. There are two episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger ending. The release has 1 disc, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. It was originally released as a freebie with regular release 33, Neverland.
This is a quirky and fun tale, playing up to Who's potential for comedy. It's a pastiche of the film noir of the forties and fifties, with a plot, characters and dialogue taken straight from the Maltese Falcon, with more than a few nods to Raymond Chandler's Marlowe novels. Jezek and Baker have a lot of fun, especially Baker who gets to play an interesting take on the Doc.
It's short and sharp, and the McGuffin is an interesting concept. The various takes on classic noir stereotypes are funny, especially to those like myself who are fans of the genre. It's highly entertaining, so gets 5 stars from me.
This is the audio adventure of Frosbisher the shape changing penguin. I have seen some people have a problem as he isnt an "offical" companion but that shouldnt have any effect on if this is a good adventure.
The story is a Sam Spade/Film Noir pastiche and whilst related to Doctor Who is almost stand alone. The doctor does appear but only briefly.
A played for laugh adventures that uses the audio medium well and one for fans of black and white 30s movies.
The story moves at pace and written to a high standard by the excellent Rob Shearman. Well worth a listen and if you enjoy this investigate the Holy Terror, a different story by the same author.
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This was a light hearted extra CD available free to subscribers at [...]. I have not read the comic strips / books that this came from and so had no idea what to expect. This is a 'sort of' pastiche Sam Spade tale in itself it is fine I just didn't like the whole shape shifting penguin thing
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In Search of a Macguffin4 Nov. 2014
Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
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Format: Audio CD
The Maltese Penguin is a true "Doctor Lite" story that serves as a nice send up of hard boiled private detective ala the Cheap Detective. The Doctor's former companion, and shape-changing alien Penguin Frobisher has put out his shingle as a private detective and is determined to make something of himself despite the sixth Doctor's invitation for him to return to the TARDIS. Frobisher has a beautiful dame hire him to shadow her husband and stumbles into a case involving the planet's big man/frog.
Overall, this is a delightful tale that works as a great comedy. It's a fantastic send up with Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet analogs included for good measure. The plot is decent enough and the twist ending is unexpected but makes sense. The dialects aren't great but that's a strength in this story and American accents were still better than other Big Finish stories of the era such as Minuet in Hell and Invaders from Mars.
If I had one complaint, it would be that the actual denouement did stretch the absurd a little bit. In addition, the Doctor showing up three times to get Frobisher back to the TARDIS and even admitting he was lonely stung of desperation. And that's off for the Doctor, particularly old Sixie. Still, this was plenty of fun and would have been a better introduction for Frobisher than Holy Terror.