The Triumph of Sutekh

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The Doctor, alongside Ace and Benny, must once again face Sutekh.

The Triumph of Sutekh has the unenviable role of sequel to the beloved classic The Pyramids of Mars. The great Gabriel Woolf once again gives voice to the last of the Osirans, his delivery exactly the same as it was forty years ago; immediately evoking one of the Doctor’s most memorable foes. His delivery resonates with menace, without ever resorting to the screaming histrionics of some of his villainous stablemates. So much so that when Sutekh kills his victims, no sound effects are needed or provided, just the understated power of his voice.

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The other way the writers have evoked Sutekh’s illustrious first story is to delve into elements which that story only tantalisingly hinted at. The idea that the Ancient Egyptians rubbed shoulders with their Gods, actually the alien Osirans, is brought to life in the third disc, The Eye of Horus by James Goss. While the Doctor, Ace and Benny explore that barren wasteland the Doctor shows Sarah-Jane Smith and Lawrence Scarman in the alternate 1980 scene in Una McCormack’s The Tears of Isis.

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This box set is both a Doctor Who release and the second volume of The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield, but the emphasis is firmly on the latter. Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor is largely absent until the fourth disc. Ace and Benny teaming up in The Vaults of Osiris by Justin Richards is a great partnership in a cracking globe-trotting adventure.

Lisa Bowerman once again plays Benny, a character she has played since Big Finish launched. Her wise-cracking style suits audio adventures as she informs the audience by making wry observations to herself; even when the air is running out, or she’s turned off her electronic equipment to be more stealthy!

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Order The Triumph of Sutekh from Amazon:

The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Triumph of the Sutekh: Volume 2

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2 thoughts on “The Triumph of Sutekh

  1. Interesting that Justin Richard was part of this box set. He actually wrote a sequel novel to “Pyramids of Mars” in the mid-1990s, for Virgin’s then-“Missing Adventures” line, with the Season 20 crew. “The Sands of Time”. I think the villainess was Sutekh’s sister, or some such. Any callbacks to that in here, or is this a new sequel as if the old sequel never happened?

    • I’d forgotten about Sand of Time. Not read that one for a few years. I don’t think there is any cross-over between the two. Triumph seems to suggest this is only the second encounter.

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