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5.0 out of 5 stars "Right, right ..." "Left I think it was, sir", 12 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Heroes of Sontar (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
I had to laugh listening to this - the Sontarans sound like a cross between Blackadder's hapless cronies and Dad's Army. With that, and with genuinely funny lines, this starts off as a definitely humorous story. A Sontaran crew with a hapless Major are sent behind enemy Rutan lines to the Samur - funnily enough, where the Tardis has just landed. But why is Samur not as the Doctor remembers?

I was surprised at first that the Sontarans were so far from what they always seemed to have been in the tv series - but this is explained in the course of the story; and why they are so different,and what is so special about the 7 who are sent to Samur on a `special mission' is also explained. I enjoyed the fact that these Sontarans were so distinct in their behaviours and mannerisms and had back-stories - they seemed to be more `real' than perhaps in earlier stories. But while the humour may seem gratuitous at first, it becomes part of a story that is definitely not humorous, and is tinged with horror and a little sadness.

The only grumble I have, and one of the reasons I listened to this story twice through, is that (and I'm writing somewhat cryptically here so as not to introduce a spoiler) the voice of a character in the latter part of the story is somewhat indistinct and therefore it's hard to hear exactly what is said - a little disappointing there.

The Doctor and his companions are in fine form - particularly Tegan, who hasn't learned that sometimes it's better to say nothing at all - and the interaction between them all is great. Turlough even gets to be a little more than his usual self in this story. And at the end, as the Tardis fades into the space-time continuum, Samur is changed - and the listener is left feeling a little sad about the poignancy of the story.

Fantastic story - wonderful characters, brilliantly played - highly recommended.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2013 08:40:38 BDT
Timelord007 says:
Have to admit the Dad's Army Sontarans annoyed me a little as they were written as buffoons which i thought sent them up too much.
Your review is top draw.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2013 02:50:31 BDT
Keen Reader says:
I found them amusing really, and when you find out why they're like that, the story gets its own seriousness and doesn't detract from the Sontarans overall I thought. But some of the lines were definitely laugh out loud genuinely funny!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2013 02:39:03 GMT
Timelord007 says:
I may have give this another listen i think.

I read the feedback from you it ok i like constructive criticism & thought for there first Big Finish Adventure they would be better served in a grittier adventure were they are at war with the Rutans.

I've also reviewed The First Sontarans Lost Story which i thought was exellent.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2013 03:53:55 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Thanks timelord007 - I think this would definitely repay another listen. If only I could get to the bottom of the pile I haven't had to time to listen to once yet!
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