A garbled phone call to the emergency services, a savaged
body found on government land and an ancient burial site at
an archaeological dig lead Colonels Robert Dalton and Emily
Chaudhry to investigate strange goings-on in Southend. What
is out there on the beach? And what of the man who's just
been smuggled into the country...?
audio adventure grasps the political hot potato that is immigration.
The mysterious killing of immigrant cockle-pickers in Southend
is clearly inspired by the tragic deaths of dozens of Chinese
cocklers in Morecambe Bay in February 2004. Elsewhere, an
eccentric archaeologist (played by Ian Brooker) reminds Colonel
Dalton (Nicholas Deal) that most Britons are immigrants to
this land, if you just look back far enough in history.
moments are provided by Kevin (Ian Hayles), a very plain-speaking
man of Chinese descent, and Colonel Chaudhry's (Siri O'Neal)
repeated protestations that "He's [Dalton is] not my boyfriend!"
The monster of the piece - a kind of invisible vampire from
Eastern European folklore - raised an unintentional smile
for me, but only because it reminded me of the "invisible
monster" That's Amazing sketch from The Fast Show!
the departure of General Lethbridge-Stewart at the end of
the previous instalment, and with an all-new monster, the
only Doctor Who element in this story is the UNIT organisation
itself. I wonder, therefore, why the list of other titles
of interest on the CD's inner sleeve comprises the Dalek
Empire and Doctor Who Unbound series. Surely the
Gallifrey and Sarah Jane Smith series would
be more relevant, the former for its political thriller aspects,
and the latter for its Earthbound setting.
its minimal association with the Who universe, Snake
Head is an enjoyable tale.
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