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"There will only be one law! Sontaran law!" - Marshall Jaka,
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This review is from: The First Sontarans (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
This is an excellent audio drama with Colin Baker as the Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri. I enjoyed listening to `The First Sontarans' when I first heard it and it has gained its place in fandom very quickly as a highly regarded and popular Doctor Who story from Big Finish.
This is one of the `Lost Stories' meant for TV and it is written by `Full Circle' writer Andrew Smith, who I've had the pleasure of meeting recently and also signed the CD cover for this (as well as Dan Starkey who played the Sontarans). It is a story about the Doctor and Peri visiting 19th century Earth and coming across the original inhabitants of Sontar - the Kaveetch - who are being threatened by the Sontarans that attack them. Over the course of the story, the Doctor and Peri get to learn exactly who the first Sontarans are and know the secrets about them.
The Doctor and Peri are on top form with each other, and Colin and Nicola certainly seem to be at ease and enjoy each other's company in this story. I told Colin how much I enjoyed this story at a convention, and he agrees with me since it seems very popular according to Twitter fans. I loved the scenes where the Doctor and Peri teasingly wind each other up, and love Peri's deep glooming voice of the message `We are here!'. Andrew Smith certainly gives Peri a lot to do with being on the Kaveetch ship and saving the Doctor from the Sontarans. There's a scene where Peri actually gets to dress up as a Sontaran trooper and the Doctor seeing through the disguise. I love the scene between the Doctor and Anthony Howell's character in this story, as the Doctor mourns the seeming loss of Peri saying she was a `brave soul' when they're on their way back to Sontar.
Andrew Smith certainly has done a good job in portraying the Sontaran's origin story by not doing a traditional origin story in the same vein as `Genesis of the Daleks' or `Spare Parts' (with the Cybermen). He manages to get the Sontarans right into the action, and unveils the mystery surrounding the story as to who these Kaveetch are and what they have in connection to cloning and the planet Sontar.
I really like Dan Starkey in this story. He plays the Sontaran Marshall Jaka and has seems to enjoy the classical Sontarans that more Linx-like from 'The Time Warrior'. Dan has played Sontarans before in stories such as 'The Sontaran Strategem'/'The Poison Sky' and recently as Strax in the Eleventh Doctor stories such as `A Good Man Goes To War', `The Snowmen' and most recently `The Name of the Doctor'. He also has played Sontarans in other Big Finish productions such as `The Five Companions' with Peter Davison and in the upcoming drama 'Starlight Robbery' with Sylvester McCoy. He certainly seems to have gained a unique repetorite in playing Sontarans.
Dan is supported by his Sontaran subordinates such as John Banks (who played Sontarans in 'Heroes of Sontar') and Cameron Stewart (who would later star alongside Nicola Bryant in 'Trouble in Paradise').
This story also features special guest star Anthony Howell, who I know pretty well from `Wives and Daughters' and has also been in `Foyle's War'. Anthony plays the part of Jacob, an 19th century landlord, who seems to be far more than he appears as the story progresses. He teams up with the Doctor and Peri as they go through harrowing events during the course of the story. Anthony's performance is sublime as he plays a character with such dignity though he's under pressure and is filled with torment and anxiety with the loss of his children and turmoil with his wife.
The special features on this CD are as follows. On Disc 1, there's some behind-the-scenes interviews conducted by producer David Richardson with John Dorney (script editor) and Andrew Smith, and also with Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant. On Disc 2, more interviews with Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant and also with the guest stars such as Dan Starkey and Anthony Howell. Colin and Nicola reminisce of their experiences with Sontarans in 'The Two Doctors' when they went out to film in Seville and make comparisons with the Sontarans in this audio adventure compared to the one they did for TV. There's also a trailer for the next Lost Story with William Hartnell's Doctor called 'The Masters of Luxor'.
So to sum up, `The First Sontarans' is a very good audio adventure with Colin Baker's Doctor and Peri. And with Sontarans and their origins to unravel, it's hard to resist.
The next story with the Doctor and Peri is 'Whispers of Terror'.
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Initial post: 18 Oct 2013 23:57:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Oct 2013 12:12:12 BDT
Cant understand why you ain't getting more positive votes as your reviews very good.
P.s You met ole Sixey Wow fanboy overload.
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Tim Bradley says:
Glad you liked this review as well as the story.
Yes, I've managed to meet Colin only recently at a convention in Newcastle. He signed the CD cover for this story for me.
I've also met three other Doctors now including Peter, Sylvester and Paul.
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