A Holy Triumph!,
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This review is from: The Holy Terror (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Religion in Doctor Who is a concept that tended to get glossed over in the classic series. Also by the Sixth Doctor's tenure, it was at the stage where the humour and whimsy was being slowly drained away. The Holy Terror is an example of how the tv series should have been. Not only does it manage to touch on a subject in a way that doesn't end up being controversial, it also brings back the humour and witty dialogue that is a staple of the new series.
First of all, the inclusion of Frobisher was a stroke of genius. The fact that he got a sort of "wiseguy" attitude and is not constantly going "Yes Doctor, No Doctor, What's happening Doctor?" makes him an equal character in his own right. Admittedly, I wasn't expecting him to have a Brooklyn accent (especially when I saw Robert Jezek in Battlefield) but despite that, it just seems natural. It's a pity that Frobisher has only appeared in one other audio.
Secondly, The Holy Terror can make a easy transition from light humour to disturbing horror. There are great contrasts on both ends of the spectrum ranging from the absurdity of Eugene Tacitus' bibles to one of the lead villains getting telekinetically ripped in half. The overall story is a lot darker then you are initially led to believe.
Finally, the cast are brilliant. Sam Kelly gives an excellent performance as a bumbling scribe and Roberta Taylor gives the right blend of sadism and apathy. As for the good Doctor himself, Colin Baker's performance doesn't dissapoint. Sarcastic, sympathetic, articulate but without all the arrogant shouting that was seen in his earlier episodes.
Overall, The Holy Terror is one of the best Sixth Doctor's audio dramas. Anyone who felt that the tv show started to lose it's impact in the eighties, it is stuff like this that proves that people can learn from past mistakes.
To conclude, "All Hail Frobisher! All Hail the big talking bird!"