Jegg-Sau is a failed colony world. Rumour has it that when
the colonists abandoned it, they left behind a stock of valuable
relics and treasures stolen from Earth. When she lands on
Jegg-Sau, Bernice discovers that the world is not quite deserted,
however. She finds a man, his rather repressed daughter -
and a rather large robot...
so the Professor Bernice Summerfield "monster" season
continues, with Benny (Lisa Bowerman) encountering a quite
unlikely old foe from the worlds of Doctor Who: the
K1 robot from Tom Baker's debut serial, Robot. In fact,
writer Stephen Cole was partially inspired to pen this adventure
by an infamous piece of Who merchandise, a jigsaw (Jegg-Sau,
geddit?) depicting an entire army of giant robots striding
across some swampland.
makes good use of the K1 robot, crafting a believable reason
for the machine's presence on an alien planet centuries after
its prototype's creation. Its presence, together with that
of a rather eccentric scientist (Paul Shelley) and his daughter
(Katherine Holme), is deliberately reminiscent of the classic
sci-fi movie, Forbidden Planet. Michael Kilgarriff
reprises his role as the robot, while sound designer/musician
David Darlington succeeds in evoking the sound effects and
musical themes of the original 1974 serial.
interesting bit of Who trivia (maybe) is that this
story features guest performers from the debut stories of
not one but two television Doctors. In addition to Kilgarriff's
former role in Robot, Paul Shelley played Persuasion
the first full serial that Peter Davison recorded as the Fifth
synopsis on the back of the case (and on Big Finish's website)
spoils this agreeable story a little, using a plural that
ought really to have been avoided. So ignore that synopsis,
read my synopsis instead, and then buy and enjoy this CD!
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