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The Skull Of Sobek: An empty headed tale,
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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)
First released in 2007, this is the fourth episode of a of the second season of standalone releases for Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.
After two really good episodes in `Max Warp' and `Brave New Town', this confused mess is somewhat of a let down. The Doctor and Lucie arrive on a strange blue world, by the Doctor's design for a change. They find themselves in some sort of monastery which is under siege by someone or other, and there are crocodiles roaming around fighting some ancient war at the behest of an ancient artefact known as the Skull of Sobek.
It's exactly as I described it, a confused mess. The whole story of the battling crocodiles and the people laying siege to the monastery is hard to follow - in fact one of the crocodile adversaries (I forget the character's names, they made so little impression) seems to appear in the story talking to the Doctor, then has a big entrance scene in which he arrives on the planet. Then there is the Abbot and Abbess of the monastery (played by Art Malik and Barbara Flynn who do their best but are largely wasted in go nowhere parts that are a criminal underuse of these two great actors talents) who seem to have a lot to do with proceedings but in the end don't. There are silly escapes and sillier fights and the whole thing becomes sillier and more confusing by the minute.
I didn't really enjoy it, which is a shame as it is a bit of a disservice to the actors involved, who really try to resuscitate the turkey. Full marks to the actors but the script is awful and directionless. 2 stars.