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Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans (1994)

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The space solar yacht Tiger Moth under the command of no-nonsense Captain Lisa Deranne is on a cruise taking some rich misfits on a voyage through space. Unfortunately on their travels they... See full summary »

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Kevin Davies

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Terrance Dicks
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Jan Chappell Jan Chappell ... Capt. Lisa Deranne
Brian Croucher Brian Croucher ... Kurt
Carole Ann Ford ... Zorelle
Sophie Aldred ... Mari
Rory O'Donnell ... Nikos
Michael Wisher ... Robar
Toby Aspin Toby Aspin ... Cmdr. Steg
Tom Finnis ... Lt. Vorn
Jonathan Saville Jonathan Saville ... First Trooper
Keith Dunne Keith Dunne ... Sontaran Trooper
Derek Handley Derek Handley ... Trooper
Julian Jones Julian Jones ... Trooper
Stephen Mansfield Stephen Mansfield ... Trooper
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The space solar yacht Tiger Moth under the command of no-nonsense Captain Lisa Deranne is on a cruise taking some rich misfits on a voyage through space. Unfortunately on their travels they have picked a stowaway, a shape-changing Rutan, a race that has been at war with another race, the Sontarans, since the dawn of time. The Rutan has important news regarding the war and the Sontarans, and upon hearing the news, attack the Tiger Moth and take it over. The Rutan hides itself among the crew and one by one the Sontarans and the human crew are murdered by the Rutan. The Sontarans plan to destroy all life on the Tiger Moth. Can Lisa find out who the Rutan is before the Sontarans destroy her ship and her life?... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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The race is on. And the prize is a glorious death.

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While the Doctor is not mentioned beyond a veiled reference by Kurt (Brian Croucher), the BBC-licensed novelization (written by scriptwriter Terrance Dicks) includes book-end stories in which the Doctor (as played by Sylvester McCoy) interacts with this film's characters. See more »

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Brilliant low-budget British science fiction!
20 May 2004 | by nathan-1See all my reviews

This is one of my all-time favourite DOCTOR WHO spin-off from Reeltime Pictures. It's quite low budget (being released straight-to-video in 1996) but stars famous actors from BLAKE'S 7, EASTENDERS and DOCTOR WHO. I'm sure many of you will remember the Sontarans from DOCTOR WHO, they appeared in four stories over two decades (the '70s and '80s) and even in an episode of JIM'LL FIX IT in 1986. The film also (of course) features the Sontarans arch-enemies - the Rutans! The plot is thus: a space yacht called 'Tiger Moth' has a stowaway on board - a Rutan spy who knows the Sontaran's secrets. A Sontaran battle group board the yacht, hold it's crew prisoners and search the ship for the Rutan. Captain Lisa Deranne (Jan Chappell) doesn't trust them, and so with some of the rest of her crew seek a way to get both the Sontarans and the Rutan off their ship... Some very good model work/FX of the spaceships from DREAMWATCH and REELTIME and some amazing costumes and masks add a lot of great atmosphere to the story. The entire movie was filmed on board a boat in London's docklands (the H.M.S Belfast), making a suitable location for the inside of a spaceship. Perhaps one of the best scenes for me is where the crew are fixing the ship's solar sales through the use of a holographic operating system - interesting idea, it's hard to describe but you'll see what I mean. More science fiction script writers should invent that kind of stuff in their stories - heck, even George Lucas couldn't come up with that kind of brilliant idea! (Well done, Terrance Dicks!) I think this film is now very hard to find, I got mine on VHS (PAL) back when it was released in 1996, but who knows, maybe Reeltime Pictures will release it on DVD one day...?? Summary: An amazing, flawless, low-budget British science fiction drama - hey, it's got Sontarans in it, so what could be wrong? Acting not quite in-line sometimes, but still an amazing film...


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