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33 1/2. The Maltese Penguin

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 6/28/17 2:17 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

An amusing diversion, but not much more. It's worth listening to for the pleasure of spending time in the company of Robert Jezek's Frobisher. He's simply a delightful character, and I'd gladly listen to absolutely anything that he's in. It's nothing short of a crime that he hasn't been brought back for frequent guest appearances.

That having been said, the story's nothing special. It's a standard film noir pastiche, and it works reasonably well, but neither the plot nor the humor is quite sharp enough to sustain for the full running time. And that music gets annoying very quickly. There are some good gags strewn throughout the script (my favorite is the description of Chandler as looking entirely unlike Peter Lorre), but overall the humor doesn't live up to the opening episodes of "The Holy Terror".

Still, it's a fun little bonus story.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/15/15 9:53 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Maltese Penguin is a true "Doctor Lite" story that serves as a nice send up of hard boiled private detective ala the Cheap Detective. The Doctor's former companion, and shape-changing alien Penguin Frobisher has put out his shingle as a private detective and is determined to make something of himself despite the sixth Doctor's invitation for him to return to the TARDIS. Frobisher has a beautiful dame hire him to shadow her husband and stumbles into a case involving the planet's big man/frog.

Overall, this is a delightful tale that works as a great comedy. It's a fantastic send up with Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet analogs included for good measure. The plot is decent enough and the twist ending is unexpected but makes sense. The dialects aren't great but that's a strength in this story and American accents were still better than other Big Finish stories of the era such as Minuet in Hell and Invaders from Mars.

If I had one complaint, it would be that the actual denouement did stretch the absurd a little bit. In addition, the Doctor showing up three times to get Frobisher back to the TARDIS and even admitting he was lonely stung of desperation. And that's off for the Doctor, particularly old Sixie. Still, this was plenty of fun and would have been a better introduction for Frobisher than Holy Terror.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/28/14 7:51 am
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

This is a sort of Dr Who take on the American detective story, with Frobisher taking on the mantle of the P.I. with the Dr, dropping in and out of the story. The story is the normal fare for a 1940's 50's style B movie. Playing up to all the normal stereotypes, intertwined with a splash of SI-FI with Frobisher, Dr, and a Evil Genius, who to be honest conjures up the Baron Silas Greenback, that will mean nothing to some (http://www.dangermouse.org/charact.html) will explain all.
The story is brisk and moves along, there are however no real surprises, but it is exactly what this release is, a supplementary release, and as such makes for a welcome break from full on saving a world or two...
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Reviewed By: conjob08Review Date: 5/26/13 2:43 am
0 out of 3 found this review helpful.

More Frobisher, please!