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A Lost Treasure Unearthed,
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!