3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fits to era perfectly,
This review is from: The Mega (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
I do feel like I have just listened to an era-specific story. 180 minutes is a long time, but it was worth it.
Good points are that at times you forget that not all original cast members were present. The characters are captured perfectly. It might be a bit overlong by today's standards, but I have no issue with 6-part Pertwee stories, and even The Mutants is a far more intelligent story than some of the modern stories. Appreciations change over time.
Bill Strutton, the original author to submit ideas/story details etc for this product does not have the best starting point as his "The Web Planet" was a hugely ambitious Hartnell story and probably one of the most "ludicrous products" of the shows history. At least with The Mega we do not get that impression, although some/most credit perhaps goes to the modern adapters.
Grant and Franklin do a superb job here, perhaps moreso than some of their more regular Companion Chronicles works.
I would give this 5 stars for what it is trying to do. Reimagine a "lost/rejected" Doctor Who story. But it was rejected for a reason and the previous story, from the original author was far from ideal for Doctor Who, so neither of those bode well as a pedigree. Therefore what Big Finish have done is somewhat marvellous. My only quibble is that I do sometimes tire of dramatic monster voices, and whilst the actor is doing the best he can, I found it a bit cliche-ed at times, mindful of what modern audiences might think. That is not why it loses a star. I am taking account of the rather long format that, again, detached listeners might struggle with.
Dwell on the plus points. At times I forgot it was not Pertwee himself, as Manning delivers his part beautifully. Her character too is both performed and written extremely well. Yates and the Brigadier are well captured. The plot is pretty good. The monster is perhaps the weakest element (akin to Strutton's The Web Planet), but then at least, in both cases they are both different and in the case of The Web Planet, whilst awful on television made a superb Big Finish product with Return to Web Planet.