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4.0 out of 5 stars All hail Frobisher! All hail the big talking bird!, 11 April 2006
This review is from: The Holy Terror (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Robert Shearman's "The Holy Terror" isn't perfect, but it's a very entertaining ride. As part of Big Finish's second year, the producers of the series chose to take a couple of "Side Steps" out of established continuity (The Shadow of the Scourge being the first of these), and as such The Holy Terror ventures into the territory of the 1980s comic strips, and gives voice for the first time to 2D companion Frobisher, the giant penguin-shaped shape-shifting companion.
Robert Jezek's performance as Frobisher is smart and snappy, and adds a great deal to the light-hearted feel of the first part of this story. However, Doctor Who is very seldom entirely predictable, and by the end of episode four the story is pretty dark in feel. The four lengthy episodes are well scripted and supporting performances, particularly Sam Kelly as the scribe Eugene Tacitus, are all excellent.
The story only lets itself down a bit in some of the sound effects and in the voice of the Boy. The reason for the Boy sounding as he does becomes apparent very quickly, but there's just no escaping the fact that this supposedly five-year-old character sounds like an old man talking in a high voice.
Minor criticisms notwithstanding, The Holy Terror is Big Finish at their best and loses nothing by existing in the audio format. Recommended.
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