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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor, The Abbott The Nun & The Crocodile, 15 July 2014
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This review is from: The Skull of Sobek (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who :The Skull Of Sobek.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion: Lucie Miller.
Main enemy: The Old Prince, General Snabb.
Main setting: Indigo 3.
Writer: Marc Platt.
Director: Barnaby Edwards.
Release number: 2.4.
Format: 1 CD.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann.
Lucie Miller - Sheridan Smith.
Abbot Absolute - Art Malik.
Sister Chalice - Barbara Flynn.
The Old Prince - Giles Watling.
Snabb - Sean Biggerstaff.
Dannahill - Mikey O'Connor.
Sister Thrift - Katarina Olsson.

Trivia.
1)Lucie has been scared of crocodiles since she saw Peter Pan as a child.
2)Sobek is a planet once home to a crocodile-like race, who had a civilisation spanning 10000 years.
3)Katarina Olsson has previously appeared in several Big Finish audio plays including the previous Eighth Doctor audio season as the Headhunter.
4)Giles Watling is the brother of Deborah Watling who played the Second Doctor's companion Victoria Waterfield. Their father Jack Watling played Professor Edward Travers in (Tv: The Abominable Snowmen & The Web of Fear.
5)Sean Biggerstaff previously appeared as Chris Parsons in the Big Finish remake of Shada starring Paul McGann & Lalla Ward.

Plot Synopsis.
On the isolated planet of Indigo 3, far out in the wastes of the Blue Desert, lies the Sanctuary of Imperfect Symmetry, It is a place of contemplation & reflection, It is also a place of death were a certain Blue Police Box has just landed.

Something from another time, from another world, has found its way inside the hallowed walls. Something with a leathery hide, a long snout and sharp pointy teeth. Tick Tock. Here comes the crocodile...

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Marc Platt has weaved his magic & delivered a very entertaining fast paced 60 minute adventure here adding some great snappy dialogue as the Eighth Doctor & Lucie battle against marauding crocodilians, some very strange nuns & the prospect Lucie may have to shave her head & become a nun.

Sometimes Marc Platt's stories can be quite surreal & confusing (Ghostlight, cough cough) this one has a surprisingly clear narrative & an engaging plot about champions, missing skulls, battles & race memories, which allows actor's Paul McGann & Sheridan Smith to truly standout & share great chemistry thanks too writer Platts ability for witty dialogue between the two leads.

Theres excellent performances from the Guest Cast too, Art Malik is superb as Abbott Absolute while Barbara Flynn is especially good as Sister Chalice, her interplay with Malik's Abbot proves very amusing & a great dramatic double act.

Overall, The Skull Of Sobek is a entertaining Eighth Doctor audio adventure which is pacy & has a engaging intriguing mystery to tell & while theres a lot to pack into this play's 60 minutes running time the presentation is never muddled as writer Marc Platt has written a clear stuctured narrative here & is a highly recommended listen.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Initial post: 15 Jul 2014 22:49:17 BDT
rbmusicman says:
You are making up for lost time my friend, I'm sure the quality of
your reviews will be reflected in the rankings.
Another interesting 'Paul McGann' - 'Dr Who' audio review.
Good plot-outline and as ever the Thoughts-Section reflects
both your enthusiasm and knowledge in regards to the 'Doctor'

Posted on 15 Jul 2014 22:49:30 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Great review timelord007.
Sobek is also an Egyptian god, associated with a Nile crocodile, and usually depicted as one, or as a human with a crocodile head. Just another piece of information for you.

Posted on 15 Jul 2014 22:58:04 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Cheers musicman nice kind comments.

KR your a cunning linguist of information :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2014 22:59:44 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Nice to be able to get something useless out without people's eyes glazing over :-)
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