It's just another day on the mean streets for Frobisher, private-eye
penguin. But then a drop-dead gorgeous dame walks into his
office, offering him a case he just can't refuse. Well, he
could refuse, but he has his rent to consider...
- hooray! Dogbolter - hurrah! This little adventure is a nostalgic
treat for fans of the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip
during the Sixth Doctor's era, particularly his very first
strip, The Shape Shifter. Robert Jezek, who previously
portrayed the whifferdill in The Holy Terror, reprises
his role here, while Toby Longworth brings the villainous
character of Josiah W. Dogbolter to life. Longworth adopts
an appropriately seedy and guttural tone of voice as the callous,
frog-like industrialist, although he does sometimes end up
sounding like Rowley Birkin from The Fast Show!
This is a comic escapade in more ways than one. Robert Shearman's
script lampoons the hard-boiled detective genre to perfection,
complete with its first-person narration by Frobisher, which
is often amusingly at odds with the less poetic events of
the main storyline. The atmosphere is accentuated by appropriate-sounding
music from David Darlington, while Alistair Lock does a splendid
impersonation of Peter Lorre in his role as the corrupt cop
Chandler. Add to this a dual role played by Colin Baker, and
you have an aural treat.
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