Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review 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.