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146. Heroes of Sontar

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Reviewed By: SLEEPYReview Date: 1/27/18 7:56 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Hmmm. Not really my cup of tea, in spite of some good performances from everyone involved. Some people have enjoyed this, but for me it just didn't work.

What did bug me more than anything was the annoying Disney style "comedy" music cues used every time there was a scene that was meant to be funny. This is the sort of thing that makes the new TV series almost unwatchable for me, so it's a real turn-off to find this has also become prevalent in the Big Finish productions. Music cues should serve to underscore the content of a scene, not overshadow it and patronise the listener into the bargain.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/3/16 4:58 pm
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The first part of, "Heroes of Sontar," gives the impression that listeners are in for a horrible time with unfunny comedy Sontarans delivering groan-inducing lines and Turlough being as cowardly as ever. Yet, the story actually steadily improves and becomes much better in the final two episodes.

Tegan has one of her best stories to date and is far more likable and also several clever moments. The Doctor has a chance to show his heroism. And then Turlough and one of the Sontarans both have some great character moments in the last episode that push beyond the one dimensional view of them portrayed so far.

It's true the humor is a lot more miss than hit. However, by the end of the story, we at least have a reason for why this troop of Sontarans was assembled and it's a good one. The character moments also cover for a lot of the episodes' deficiencies.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/23/15 2:36 am
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'The Heroes of Sontar' by Alan Barnes and directed by Ken Bentley with music by Jaime Robertson. Released in April 2011 this was the first Big Finish story to feature the Sontarans, who are still angry about "that Gallifrey incident." : 'The Invasion of Time'. The Sontarans are portrayed as stuffy officious figures of fun, but the reason for this (and possibly all Sontarans in general) is eventually explained. In fact, that is how this audio plays overall: a weak start and a strong finish.

Twenty years ago, the Sontarans decimated the planet Samur with biological weapons of mass destruction. Seven return to fulfil a curse at the same time as The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough.

The entire main cast put in good performances; however, I was not enamoured with Tegan constantly mocking the Sontarans. In fact, the anodyne humour was the biggest let down in this as; especially as the first half relies so heavily on it. As the play progresses, the story picks up. Nyssa is mostly written out with illness, but still manages to sneak in some personal revelations when near death, that are to be resolved another time. Indeed, the characterisation was the plays biggest strength. Also, Turlough makes a new friend. The production values were good but not as impressive as other titles, and overall I think the story was quite average. One thing, I will say is that there are only so many puns I can take in a lifetime and I think my quota is noticeably smaller after listening to this.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 3/4/15 5:01 am
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ontaran's being the key to the whole process, the title is a twist on the reality of what has occurred leading to the situation that the Doctor, Nyssa, Turlough and Tegan find themselves in.

Landing on the planet of Samur for some R&R they do not discover a peaceful haven of tranquility, due to it's position in the firmament, it as been the host of a war between the Sontaran's and the Rutan's, and it as a planet as not come off the better for it.

The Sontarans, to win the war, released a chemical weapon, that, as left the planet covered in a living purple fungi that is literally sucking the life out of the place. It isn't soon before the purple planet as got one of the passengers of the TARDIS as it's victims also. Meanwhile a battle cruiser with a group of 7 Sontaran's one of which is a veteran of the battle of Samur is travelling back to the planet on the belief that they are following some secret orders of their empire, to be executed. The twist in the tale is to play out. It is a nice little side step of the norm with this release.

The stand out for me in this is Mark Strickson, his character up until now as not been one of my favourites, and, in this he finally does it for me. His presence and characterisation of the ever fearful Turlough is wonderfully believable, Mark for me in this is Turlough and not an actor playing the character. I must also admit a soft spot for the Sontaran's they are becoming a firm favourite with me, their, appearance to me as never been "Troll" like however with the description being banded around by the crew of the TARDIS, I suddenly sort of get it. There charm in this is not misplaced, and, the cast of ohn Banks (Fleet Marshal Stabb/Trooper Jorr/Witch Guard), Duncan Wisbey (Field-Major Thurr/Adjutant/Orbital Command), Alex Lowe (Sergeant Mezz/Trooper Nold), Andrew Fettes (Corporal Clun), Derek Carlyle (Trooper Vend) are simply superb, it cannot be easy putting that voice on for a whole 2 hours.

Peter, and Sarah are always a pleasure to listen to, and the more releases of Peter's Doctor and Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) that I listen to, the more I have come to release that Big Finish have allowed them as actors to grow them, they are not the characters from the BBC, and in fact are in a much better place now in the production and writing hands of Big Finish.