Not 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.
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. 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.