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3.1 - The King of Sontar

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Reviewed By: civi68Review Date: 1/1/18 1:10 pm
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The King of Sontar is pretty much an action story with little depth of character. I even found the dialogue of the Doctor and Leela not very interesting. Yes, the last scene has some character development and conflict between the Doctor and Leela but other than that, I found that all of the characters didn't go beyond fighting.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 1/12/16 7:14 pm
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Now I really like John Dorney's writing as the plays of his I've listened to, I've loved and fans think that he's a great writer. So going into The King of Sontar I knew that it would be good, but once the play was over it kind of left me feeling a bit empty. The story has some great ideas present but where Dorney fails here is with writing the characters. All of them are really bland or don't act in character. Tom Baker is obviously giving his all, but the lines he is given just feel like they were written for someone else as his actions try to sound clever. Instead the Doctor gets himself in too deep and is forced into helping the Sontaran Strang in his plan before Leela is the one to stop him. This feels like it's supposed to be a Sylvester McCoy story with some of the clever details missing to fill in the blanks. It also sees Leela going way too far by committing murder which seems to be something Ace would do if this was a Virgin New Adventures novel.

Louise Jameson is also great but a bit out of character especially in the opening scene with the Doctor and Leela in the TARDIS. It seems like the Doctor is manipulating himself and Leela into going to this planet under the guise of the Time Lords sending them there. Now it could be alright if the Time Lords actually were behind it but there isn't any real implication that they are involved. The plot's ideas are really good but nothing is done with it leading to an average story.

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/21/15 5:22 pm
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The King of Sontar: The Doctor's Tardis is guided by the Timelords and for the beginning of the story both Leela and the Doctor are swept along with the tide. The pair are quickly broken up by a manhunt for an escaped prisoner. The Doctor is captured by the pursuers and taken to the Dowcra base, while Leela finds herself with Villhol, 'The Coward'. Vilhol and Leela set about trying to rescue the Doctor from the seven foot Sontaran known as Strang.

John Dorney has written an engaging and detailed story. Jamie Robertson's music is both catchy and bombastic making it a perfect fit for this production, and Nicholas Briggs's direction is both clear and focused. The Sontarans are mean and not to be trifled with. The renegade Sontaran Strang is a monstrous figure, smarter than his brethren; unable to be felled by a blow to his probic vent. Strang plans to exercise ethnic cleansing on his people, recreating them in his image with himself installed as King. Vilhol wants to regain his honour, but he and Leela are mostly shunted off into battle, with little impact on this story. Rosato, the scientist that heads the project Strang has hijacked, is cowardly and a traitor.

This is a neat little story that fits well into its seventy-five-minute slot. The acting, directing and writing are all top-notch and combine for a truly memorable story. There is also a poignant and thoughtful ending making this one of the best Fourth Doctor stories I have heard, so far.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/10/15 4:34 pm
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This opening of the third series of Fourth Doctor Adventures begins with them Doctor and Leela encountering a colony where one unarmed Sontaran is on the run from human assassins led by a 7 foot tall Sontaran with a plan of his own.

This story was a really nice listen with Big Finish giving us a nice twist on this classic enemy. the Doctor and Leela get separated and in the first part of the story and mostly have their own adventures until the last few minutes. The Leela story is fascinating as she rallies a resistance and forms an uncommon kinship with the normal Sontaran who has to restore his honor.

The story also features a strong moral dilemma which leads to a clash between Doctor and Companion at the end of the episode that is very powerful and well done and would set the tone for much of the series.