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The glory of a Sontaran
, 1 Mar. 2014
This review is from: The King of Sontar (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
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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