Expectations for the Lost Stories may have been high amongst old school fans, however I'd wager few others have been particularly excited. Scripts abandoned from one of the shows shakiest eras? What a terrible idea I hear you say... only here is an absolute gem of a script, abandoned not due to quality of writing, but due to the budget required to produce such an imaginative piece. A budget which would most definitely have been beyond the resources of the show at the time.
The acting was superb, music and sound effects were brilliant, as was the post-process work on the voices, but most of all this was just a wonderfully imaginative script, dare I say it one of the best the show has ever had to it's name, right up there with the work of Robert Holmes and Steven Moffat.
As is stated on the CD extras, we should probably be glad this came to audio instead of TV, the production quality was superb and likely would not have worked so well on a 80s DW budget.
It's simply a shame Brian Finch didn't survive to hear the realisation of his vision, a greater shame still that nothing came of his attempt to become a regular writer for the show. Fortunately his son, Paul Finch, has done a fantastic job adapting it for audio; despite this being a television script the listener is never confused or disoriented, nor is there clumsy dialogue explaining events that can not be seen.
It's not unheard of for Big Finish audios to be adapted for Television (Dalek, Rise of the Cybermen), however there has never before been a story so begging for this treatment, with an absolute minimum of changes. I would dearly like to see that story get a retelling on the new series, if only so that it manages to reach a size of audience it deserves. Not only does the script not share the problems of it's era but much of the dialogue, pacing and ideas would feel very much at home in say Series 6 of NuWho.
The verdict, for those who tend to skip to the end: Absolutely fantastic. Buy it, now.