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5.0 out of 5 stars King Sized Problem for The Doctor and Leela.
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly action packed but sometimes can become The King of Boredom
So its probably not the best 4th Doctor audio adventure but it's definitely worth listening to, it's good to hear the Doctor and Leela developing their Doctor/Companion relationship. Overall a good story but slightly boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Sized Problem for The Doctor and Leela., 3 April 2014
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Glenn Cook (South Cave, near Hull UK) - See all my reviews
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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. She simply out thinks, outguns and out performs the elite Sontarian.
Brilliant.
Tom Baker is wonderful as the Doctor, Louise Jameson is sublime and all the support characters, actors and actresses are wonderful.
Dan Starkey is wonderful as Strang.

True the scenario is predictable BUT the strength of the story and the actors carry this 60 minutes off wonderfully.

there is a cast interview on the single Cd and this really adds to your enjoyment of the Big Finish.

Just a little too short we want more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Sontar-Ha, 1 Feb 2014
This review is from: The King of Sontar (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
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. Much like ‘The Invasion of Time’ (Leela and the Doctors’ other clash with the Sontarans) Leela is left to stir rebellion from the outside whilst the Doctor works against his enemies from within. This also allows Leela to team up with a Sontaran and go into battle at his side, a combination that works really successfully.

Most importantly though, this story is about Sontarans and it provides two more great Sontaran characters. Vilhol is a disillusioned warrior whose shaken confidence needs Leela’s support. It is a very convincing performance. Dan Starkey (who now seems to be to Sontarans what Nicholas Briggs is to Daleks) is brilliant. His role as Strang is miles away from the numerous other Sontarans he has played and provides a great opponent for Tom Baker’s Doctor. The cliff hanger for the first episode maybe a bit predictable but that doesn’t matter as Tom Baker and Dan Starkey sell it so well.

Some great performances, a lot of action, a lot of fun and some serious subjects of debate to consider well after the play has finished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The glory of a Sontaran, 1 Mar 2014
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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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. As it features tunnels and running and shouting and shooting, and the Doctor and companion getting separated for a lot of it. But it's not just an action romp as all the supporting characters are so detailed it becomes a solidly character driven tale. And it presents them all with some moral dilemmas.

Leading to a final few scenes that you really won't forget in a hurry.

An excellent release and a great season opener. A highly recommended listen.

There's a trailer for the next release in this run on the cd track after the end of part two.

And just under ten minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the track after that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fourth Doctor, Sontaran Audio Adventure, 2 Feb 2014
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CD Info.

A 2 part episode adventure, Running time 60 minutes approx, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)David Collings is no stranger to Doctor Who as he starred in three tv storys, Vorus in Revenge Of The Cybermen, Poul in The Robot's Of Death & Mawdryn in Mawdryn Undead as well as appearing as the Doctor in the Big Finish Doctor Who Unbound range.
2)Dan Starkey plays Strax in the Eleventh Doctor era on tv & voiced Sontarans in three other Big Finish productions The First Sontarans, The Five Companions & Starlight Robbery.

Review.

This adventure sees the Fourth Doctor & Leela arrive on Dowcra Base as an elite third Sontaran assassination squad move in on there target.

The target in question is Strang who due to a cloning malfunction in a cloning vat a whole Sontaran army was compressed into just one body making him the ultimate threat as he takes out 12 Sontarans warrior's in quick succession.

Finding out that the Timelords have once again manipulated him into doing there dirty work the Doctor & Leela discover the chilling plans of Strang & his crazed lust for power who wishes to obliterate his own planet of Sontar from out of existence, But what is his true intention behind this diabolical plan of mass genocide as destroying Sontar would give the Sontarans enemy the Rutans a victory over them & make the Rutans a huge threat across the whole galaxy.

Timelord Thoughts.

Without doubt this is one of the Fourth Doctor's best audio adventures to date.

Writer John Dorney has once again pulled out a fantastic adventure that is thrilling, Engaging, Intriguing & full of action with great performances by the cast & a very good written character driven ending.

Tom Baker performance although he sounds like he suffering from a bad throat gives a more season 14 performance of the Doctor here & what a brilliant performance it is as Tom voices great emotion, Classic one liners & at the end echoes disappointment & sadness in those well known sombre tones & in my opinion one of Tom's best performances on audio to date as he brings something new to his role as the Doctor.

Louise Jameson is also brilliant & shows a more defiant side to her character of Leela which I hope will continue throughout the series.

David Collings gives a good performance as the conflicted Rosato but again it's Dan Starkey as Strang who is superb by making his character a cunning & menacing villian which gives the Sontarans back there edge making them a threatening race across the galaxy once again.

The action is superbly done on audio with excellent sound effects & music which again adds another high quality production by Big Finish & there sound designer's.

No doubt the late Robert Holmes would've loved this story as writer John Dorney is Big Finish best writer at the moment as his story has no moments of padding with every minute seemingly filled with either action or intrigue.

John Dorney has written the characters in this play very well even adding a new dynamic to the Doctor/Leelas relationship & it'll be interesting to see were this time traveling duo go from here.

A highly recommended must buy audio adventure for fan's of the Fourth Doctor.

*Thanks to Tim Bradley for the feedback update.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly action packed but sometimes can become The King of Boredom, 1 Jun 2014
This review is from: The King of Sontar (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
So its probably not the best 4th Doctor audio adventure but it's definitely worth listening to, it's good to hear the Doctor and Leela developing their Doctor/Companion relationship. Overall a good story but slightly boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any Dr. Who fan, 19 July 2014
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Great fun. Even though it's only an hour it really works. Good story and Tom Baker is on form with some really funny moments. I'll be buying more of these CDs.
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