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3.6 - The First Sontarans

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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 8/2/17 7:27 am
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Boy this was a treat. Sontarans are one of those foes from doctor who that get done rather inconsistently in quality. There is no doubt in my mind that when Lynx appeared in the time warrior we got a classic.
But often the sontarans are a tad dim or hard to take serious. Usually due to how the script treats them.
I've always thought why make them have a nemesis race in the rutans but never bunch them in one episode. This story explores that and even gives us insight in the sontarans origins, and a little further detail on their and Rutans lore.

My favourite lost story so far 9/10
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/2/15 12:06 pm
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The First Sontarans is reveals the origins of the Sontarans. It ttakes a very different approach to, "Genesis of the Daleks" or "Lords of the Red Planet," in that it doesn't actually take place when the species was created. Rather, it opens in 1872 when the Doctor and Peri visit the moon and find a beacon that sets them on the trail of aliens living disguised as humans on Earth, who have survived an attack of the Sontarans and are seeking revenge.

It's a superb story that keeps adding twists and revelations about the truth of why the Sontarans are hunting the last survivors of alien race, and we have the Rutans and Sontarans in the same story.


There's also a great element of personal drama that's helped by a beautiful performance by Anthony Howell. Overall, this is Andrew Smith's finest Doctor Who scripts and the best of the Colin Baker lost stories.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/11/15 10:01 am
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This has good pace and zips along nicely. The production values are good, and the Sontarans sound more menacing here than they ever looked on TV. The triumvirate of great sound, writing and acting creates strong imagery and is easily as good as anything produced in the eighties. There are some genuinely intriguing elements, including double crosses, betrayal and cliff hangers that are genuinely exciting. The balance between action, drama and exposition is finely tuned; the acting is great, it never feels predictable and genuinely leaves you wanting more. It even has Rutans!

Only slight niggle I had was that the reveal of the origins of the Sontarans felt a little underwhelming at first, but then again the fact it was so underplayed was kind of novel in its self and made a refreshing change. I actually think that is the secret to the success behind this. It brings together all the right elements but it's the timing that gives it that boost rather than just being a collection of nice ideas. The action is quick and you are never left to dwell on things too long, so full credit to the writer there. The final part feels positively epic.
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Reviewed By: darkmarkReview Date: 7/6/14 5:21 pm
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Without wishing to give away any spoilers, this is a great Sontaran story that adds to what we know of their universe. Nicely paced and acted, of 30 or so Big Finish stories I've listed to this is my favourite so far.