The Sixth Doctor takes Peri to the moon before coming across an alien signal that entices them to Sussex in the 1800's. Here they find that not all is what it seems and soon the Doctor is threatened by a man who knows of the Time Lords and someone else has a Sontaran locked away. Before long 3 alien races are involved in a war that started long ago. What is rather remarkable about this story is that it also manages to tell an intimate sub plot about family including touching on a more paternal side of the Sontarans, they show a desire and pride to look after there young. Fitting for a race so full of honour.
As part of the Lost Stories range this is also a "What if?" moment as a chance to experience a story that didn't get produced in 1985 having lost out to the Two Doctors story (which also featured Sontarans.) In many ways its such a shame that this didn't get made instead. However its highly unlikely the story would have been done justice in its current form. Typically splendid audio work helps let your head paint the canvas to one heck of a story. Its full of classic sound effects and I love me some classic sound effects. If I have one nitpick its that the score was a little unremarkable. But it still hits the right moments. A brilliant adventure well worth listening to for any fan of hostile armored spuds. It also features possibly the best description of Sixeys outfit ever.
Giving this a listen gave me the chance to sit down with my own first Sontaran. Quite why its taken me till now I dont know. They are one of the most popular and iconic creatures from the shows history. It seemed apt so I started with the real first clone from Sonta, Commander Linx! Or Toadface for you Irongron's out there.
But I cant write about Sontarans for long without mentioning Strax. Brilliantly played by Dan Starkey (who also provides voices in The First Sontarans) I find him impossible not to love. Scene stealing excellence. I so hope Moffat gives him a proper origin story of his own! Alongside some properly brutal Sontarans. Also Moffat needs to make it commercially viable for us all to have Sontaran butlers. Do it now!