The Maltese Penguin

Doctor Who: The Maltese PenguinNot long after parting ways with the Doctor, Frobisher is just slipping back into his private eye routine when the TARDIS materializes in his office – the Doctor has come to ask the shape-shifting penguin to reconsider his departure. Frobisher brusquely asks the Doctor to kindly butt out of his life so he can get on with his detective work – and just in time, too, as a sultry female client walks into his office with a new case. But once he starts investigating on what few leads his new customer will give him, Frobisher realizes he’s in over his head – and as a result, that head could soon be on a platter being delivered to tyrannical business magnate Josiah W. Dogbolter. Ditching his penguin disguise, Frobisher shapeshifts into a familiar humanoid form – a tall man with curly blond hair and an appallingly colorful coat, and quite possibly the one man who can help him now.

Order this CDwritten by Robert Shearman
directed by Gary Russell
music by David Darlington

Cast: Colin Baker (The Doctor), Robert Jezek (Frobisher), Toby Longworth (Josiah W. Dogbolter), Jane Goddard (Alicia Mulholland), Alistair Lock (Chandler)

LogBook entry and TheatEar review by Earl Green

Review: An hour-long, off-format subscriber exclusive distributed with Neverland, The Maltese Penguin is perhaps better suited to a self-contained, half-hour Doctor Who Magazine pack-in CD. Doctor Who: The Maltese Penguin
Don’t get me wrong, it is funny, but it wears its central gag – that Frobisher has morphed into the sixth Doctor and that Colin Baker is now providing Frobisher’s Brooklyn accent – very thin by the end of the hour. Still, it’s strangely appealing, but those hoping for a Doctor-and-Frobisher story had best put The Holy Terror in for another spin.