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 APRIL 2008.




 OF INDIGO 3 lies the

 Sanctuary of Imper-

 fect Symmetry. It is

 a place of reflection.


 AND a place of death.


 Something has found

 its way inside the

 hallowed walls.

 Something with a

 leathery hide, a

 snout and sharp

 pointy teeth. Tick

 tock. Here comes

 the crocodile...


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The Skull of Sobek

APRIL 2008







According to this episode’s writer, Marc Platt, The Skull of Sobek is all “about not quite maintaining the balance of the universe…”  That, and some walking, talking, limb-munching crocodiles…


Indeed, for the most part Platt’s episode has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek. Take the episode’s principal monsters, for example. Although the Crocodillians are, in truth, fairly well-rounded and compellingly brutal protagonists, the very name of their race suggests a hint of underlying farce. Nonetheless, the bipedal Crocodiles are legitimately frightening at times; the author does a tremendous job of putting all of his own personal fears into Lucie. The fact that Lucie - this hard-nosed, rather blasé young lady who seldom shows fear - is terrified by the Crodillians really helps to sell them to the listener.


For me though, the most outstanding

aspect of The Skull of Sobek is how

it dwells beautifully on balance and

symmetry, literally and figuratively.

Whether Platt is building up a vivid

picture of a geometrically-perfect

world or exploring symbiosis through

the Sanctuary, his story feels like it is saying so much about the nature of the universe – I’m just not quite sure what.


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And what’s more - a bit like his last play, ValhallaThe Skull of Sobek is incredibly action-packed and dynamic, yet somehow it still manages to work on audio. The listener can see the symmetrical dunes. Can see Lucie running away from the novices so that she won’t have to her head shaved. Can see the Doctor being flung out of a window. Of course, much of the credit for this has to be given to the production team, but even so Platt’s script is remarkably well-suited not just to the audio medium but also to the tone of this frantic romp of a season.


“I’m not anybody’s champion!”

                                                                  - Time’s Champion


The Skull of Sobek features some fantastic performances too. Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith shine once again, as does Sean Biggerstaff (Shada) as the vile Crocodillian Snabb and Barbara Flynn as Sister Chalice. Big Finish’s cast lists have been so impressive of late, I think that I’m beginning to take their interminable conveyor belt of stars for granted. Here’s hoping that the conveyor belt keeps on rolling...


All told then, The Skull of Sobek is an enjoyable caper, beautifully executed in almost every way. In terms of magnitude, its closer to Valhalla and Ghost Light than it is Spare Parts or Platt’s Virgin novels; relentless fun, but not one that anyone will still be raving about it in ten years’ time.


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