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5.0 out of 5 stars A Diamond in the Rough
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...
Published on 8 Feb 2010 by Alex

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1.0 out of 5 stars A 'Lost Story' that really should have stayed that way
Big Finish have done an excellent job in finally recording 'lost' stories; scripts written for the series but, for various reasons, unmade.

Unfortunately, it is often quite clear why they were not made for the television series; Leviathan borrows its ideas from 'Logan's Run' does not deliver on its build-up and has far too much running around, (even for the old...
Published on 22 Mar 2010 by M. Edmonds


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Diamond in the Rough, 8 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Leviathan (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Herne-tastic, 19 Mar 2010
This review is from: Leviathan (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Comparisons will be inevitably be drawn between this audio story and the others in the 'Lost season' series - on this note I have to say that I found it to be far more entertaining and well-written than the disappointing Mission to Magnus (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) but not quite as effective as The excellent The Nightmare Fair (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories). This is based upon its enduring script and great interplay between the actors; whilst well-worn 'Who' themes such as android replicas and the harvesting of human bodies are sufficiently well written and acted to still be welcome, despite the lack of originality. I'd imagine though that a 1985 BBC Doctor Who budget would not have done this story justice - and the impressive setting would also have been tricky to realise in any decent manner. With this in mind it's probably for the best that this has become an audio drama rather than a television serial; as such it's an atmospheric and eerie adventure which has stood the test of time admirably.

The CD has the usual interviews with cast and crew, however this one is particularly illuminating as writer Paul Finch tells how he basically finished and fine-tuned his late father's abandoned script; Finch comes across as an unassuming but personable chap , who is genuinely thrilled to be involved with Doctor Who, and even more delighted that his father's work has now seen the light of day. This makes the production all the more poignant, and suffice to say that Finch Junior (and Senior) can be justifiably proud of what they have created.
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5.0 out of 5 stars when you've got to go, 14 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Leviathan (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Latest in the series of doctor who audio plays that adapts scripts which didnt make it to the screen during colin baker's era in the role on tv.

This follows the format of the two previous ones by having two long episodes, fifty five and fifty nine minutes, with one to a disc. Both discs end with fifteen minutes or so of interviews with cast and crew. And these tell the story of how this script wasn't as well known about as some of the other lost ones, and how the son of the man who wrote it discovered the existence of this range by chance and how he came to adapt it to audio as a result.

And thank goodness he did. Because this is a very pleasant surprise, being a story of high quality.

It begins with the doctor and peri landing in what appears to be medieval england, as a young man from a village is being hunted. Amongst the hunt is the mythical figure Herne. When people of this world reach a certain age, their time is up. And that's what the man is running from.

What follows would appear to be conventional doctor who in many ways. Doctor and companion discovering oppressed people and getting separated and making new friends whilst helping the rebels free themselves. But the pleasure is in the details. The setting is original - some of the plot may remind you of a certain famous science fiction film from the 70's, but it throws in a twist on that - the supporting characters are well written and well played, and the plot does manage some excellent twists and turns. An excellent cliffhanger at the end of part one throws in an interesting new element.

At the heart of it though we have the sixth doctor and peri how they should be written. The former brusque at times but determined and csapable when fighting the moral evil of tyranny, and the latter a more than capable foil who never gives up and tries to do her best. She has one great rabble rousing speech in part two.

Added to which, there's some excellent incidental music, and a final scene that succeeds in getting the mood that it strives for.

We lost something by not getting to see this story on tv - it's unclear why it never happened but it was possibly down to budgetary concerns - but we have gained something by getting to hear it now.

A trailer for the next in this range csn be found at the start of disc one. Hopefully it will be as good as this
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Treasure Unearthed, 17 May 2010
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Mr. I. Clarke "wellerard_21" (Leeds UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Leviathan (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Re-written by Paul Finch from his father's original script, Brian Finch's Leviathan's loss from the series can only be explained from one point of view. Lack of budget. The location work that would have been required extensively for the forest and castle scenes, let alone making the village exteriors, combined with the extensive model work which would have been required for certain sequences, and you would have blown the budget for an entire series.

Thankfully, Big Finish have no such problems, and are able to paint a vivid painting in the listener's mind. First of all the plot works as the best of the Baker era stories should have done. In two distinct acts. The whole of the first fourty five minutes has you guessing whether someone is tampering with medieval England, or whether the future of this country lies in a kind of Dark Ages revival before the plot twists on the neat cliffhanger at the end of the first episode, leading to some very well written characters on the salvage ship.

The performances from all the actors are convincing, and for the first time in this Lost Stories series, Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are able to play the role more comfortably, as the parts have been more suitably fleshed out for audio, enjoying a semi comfortable bickering relationship with each other that is entirely in keeping with the television series. Baker in particular is having a whale of a time in the role and enjoys exploring further the very alien moral compass which his Doctor in particular had, and Nichola Bryant as Peri gets to be much more active than in precivious stories in this series. The suporting characters, are also well fleshed out, and there is none of the hallmark of Eric Saward script editing years; any character that dies in this story serves the furtherance of the plot.

I won;t say too much about the plot, don't want to spoil it for the rest of you who haven't heard it yet.

Rest assured an enjoyable romp!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is Forgotten. Nothing is Ever Forgotten, 11 July 2014
This review is from: Leviathan (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
This wasn't ever going to be part of season 23, but the script appears to have been fully developed for season 22 and then abandoned, perhaps in favour of the historical settings of Mark of the Rani. It is a shame as this could have been a cracking piece of Doctor Who. JNT seemed to have an aversion to older writers (see the making of Varos on the Special Edition DVD), but it is also possible that the presence of Herne the Hunter would have put it at odds with Robin of Sherwood appearing on the other side at the same time, while the fate of the chosen is too close to some of Revelation's darker moments.

Plot: An intriguing plot with the `Leviathan' of the title not turning up until the very end of part one and providing a suitable cliff-hanger. In the meantime we are treated to medieval villagers, rebels and a Baron who is not quite what he seems. The presence of Herne at the beginning, signals that this isn't going to be a plain historical and the revelations come thick and fast in the first half of the story and each time you think you may have gotten to the bottom of the mystery, something else comes up to keep you guessing. It is an incredible shame that Brian Finch never wrote for the series as this story shows that he has an understanding of what makes a story interesting. The Sentinels of the New Dawn make an appearance... sort of. In fact their presence seems superfluous to the plot, and they are given a bigger role in a Pertwee Companion Chronicle. If I were to guess, this feels more of a set-up for the Sentinels, with a pay-off to come in a later story.

Script: This has been rewritten (in a hurry by all accounts) by Brian's son Paul, mainly to convert the visual moments into something that can be heard instead. The whole thing comes across really well, but has possibly been informed by modern audio Colin, rather than the original season 22 version, unless of course that was the intention. Either way a good script.

Other: Once again kudos to the supporting cast. I didn't realise until after the event that all of the actors doubled up in some way, such is their talent at providing different voices.

One of those near perfect audios that keeps you guessing and is highly enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sixth Doctor Lost Story Adventure, 21 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Leviathan (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Positive.
1)Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant give stong performances as the Sixth Doctor & Peri.
2)Great adaption of this story by Paul Finch from his father's lost tv script.
3)This was a unknown lost story that delivered a great intriguing adventure.

Negative.
None.

CD Info.
2xCD of a 2 episode adventure, Running time 120 minutes although indicated on cd as 100 minutes it's a typo, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Paul Finch wrote a prequel to this story for the Third Doctor Companion Chronicles range called Sentinels Of A New Dawn
2)Beth Charmers (Althya) is better Known as Raine Creevy a companion of the Seventh Doctor.

Review.
The Sixth Doctor & Peri arrive in the Tardis on a medieval planet were nobody in the local village seems to age.

Befriending a man named Gurth who is fleeing his fate of death as the savage rage of Herne the Hunter is closing in on him.

Why does the Baron impose the culling, Who are the Sentinels of the new dawn & what is the mysterys of the planet Zeron.

All is not as it appears to be & as the Doctor & Peri become more entangled in Zeron's event's the Doctor gets involved in a duel with the Baron while Peri inspires the local rebels to rebel against there oppressors but as the duo edge closer to the planet's mysterys the unstoppable fury of Herne The Hunter is unleashed upon them.

Timelord Thoughts.

When this was announced as a lost story i knew nothing about this adventure.

I'm so glad i didn't as when i listened to this story i found it highly enjoyable with a engaging tight fast paced adventure adapted by Paul Finch from his father Brian's tv scripts.

Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant are brilliant as ever giving convincing performances as the Doctor & Peri in this unmade lost season 23, Both actor's give there all to this highly polished adventure which when you listen to the behind the scenes interviews it becomes evident they both love doing these audio adventures.

This story has some intriguing ideas & delivers a great twist at the cliffhanger to part 1 & the misdirection of that twist is very well written.

This is a gem of a story that the late Robert Holmes would've certainly approved of as Leviathan delivers good performances by the cast & is a fast paced entertaining audio adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow build with a richly layered finish, 17 Aug 2011
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Tony Jones "Tony" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Leviathan (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
In summary a story of medieval peasants, secret technology and deep mysteries that almost didn't work. More detail below.

A tale of two discs for me:

Disc 1 - a lot of scene changes (legacy of its intended TV destiny)and I think the story takes too long to get to the reveal at the end of the disc. This is essential but it does mean lots of slightly dragged out interaction with the increasingly limited medieval locals of Newhaven.

Disc 2 - we learn the truth about Newhaven, the peasants, the immediate threat and the real enemy. An immense amount to crush into one disc that they just about get away with.

The extras are good as well, we get real insight into the legacy of this story, the writer and the process of creating and audio script.

Overall a hit for me
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Stories3, Leviathan - Another entertaining entry in the Lost Stories series, 30 Aug 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Leviathan (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
This is the third in the series of lost stories from Big Finish, where scripts originally intended for Colin Baker's sixth Doctor that were never made for various reasons have been resurrected and made in audio.

In this tale the Doctor and Peri land in a medieval forest, and spot a local peasant being tracked by Herne the hunter. It soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems, and we are soon involved in an entertaining tale as the Doctor and Peri struggle to work out what on earth is going on.

There is a meaty script here, with plenty for the two stars to do. The Doctor gets to fight a duel with the local evil Baron, and Peri has fun getting involved with and inspiring the local rebels. This is one that I really wish had made it to the screen! The production is excellent, and really recalls the Dr of the eighties, especially Baker's performance.

A decent tale, with some interesting ideas behind it that works well as an audio. Full of cracking performances and a great sound production from Big Finish, this has been the best of the series so far for me. Five stars.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A 'Lost Story' that really should have stayed that way, 22 Mar 2010
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M. Edmonds "Quist" (UK) - See all my reviews
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Big Finish have done an excellent job in finally recording 'lost' stories; scripts written for the series but, for various reasons, unmade.

Unfortunately, it is often quite clear why they were not made for the television series; Leviathan borrows its ideas from 'Logan's Run' does not deliver on its build-up and has far too much running around, (even for the old TV series).

I am pleased that Big Finish have made this, even though I feel that it is by far the weakest in this series. The production is to te usual very high standard but I have to confess that the performances of some of the guest cast are excruciatingly poor, (the 'yokels' and the young girl clearly played by a much older woman being two clear examples).
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