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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb "Tom's back as The Doctor & its about time", 24 Jun 2013
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This review is from: The Fourth Doctor Box Set (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Positives
Tom Baker at last debuts for Big Finish & its Ace!!!
Epic Gothic 6 parter The Foe From The Future.
Paul Freeman Rene Belloq in Raiders Of The Lost Ark appears as the villian in the Foe From The Future story as Jalnik.
The Valley Of Death great 4 parter.

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Review.
At last Tom Baker is doing Big Finish audio dramas reprising his role as the Doctor and it's like he never been away giving once again giving a truly magnificent, Magnetic eccentric performance of The Fourth Doctor.

This is a "MUST BUY", as these stories are "EPIC", Tom Baker dominate's from start to finish as the eccentric benevolent alien incarceration whom is getting caught up in peril.

Louise Jameson is also back as Leela, So at last we get Leela into the full cast range than Companion Chronicles or Gallifrey as she bounces off Tom's Doctor whom have that Teacher & Pupil relationship.

These stories wouldnt have been done justice in 1977 due to the budget constraints.

On audio though the skys the limit, Big Finish continue to produce great classic Doctor Who dramas & you can hear its a labour of love for all involved.

The storys do have the Phillip Hinchcliffe era feel to them as that era produced some of the best Doctor Who story's ever!

I just like say to Nicholas Briggs and his team writers, Producers, Editors all involved at Big Finish "Thank You"for Getting Tom & Louise back together to make those superb audios.

It's a feat in itself to get Tom Baker back as Tom's been reluctant to do Big Finish for years but with a little swaying from Louise Jameson it has been worth the wait with this exellent boxset.

The Foe From The Future.

This was meant to end season 14 but there was script problem issues so The Talons Of Weing Chiang was drafted in it's place instead.

Written by Terror of the Zygons/The Seeds Of Doom writer Robert Banks Stewart & apapted by the exellent John Dorney this is a epic story that includes some quite gory deaths.

Even by audio standards these death's sound quite disturbing & yet it adds to the Gothic tone of those Hinchcliffe era seasons.

The Tardis upon arriving in Devon in 1977 arrives in the grounds of a mysterious manor that maybe the cause of history unravelling.

The Doctor & companion Leela investigate the mystery goings on & come across the mysterious Jalnik

This is a six parter on 3 cds running time 3 hours.

Im not sure Valley of Death was meant for season 14 as Phillip Hinchcliffe stats this story may have been used if he'd remained as producer for another season.

Adapted by the exellent Jonathan Morris from a script by Philip Hinchcliffe.

Proffesor Cornelius Perkins In 1870 mounted a expedition to the Amazon Rainforests whom was never seen seen again, Now century later his great Grandson is going to South America to seek answers to his Grandfather disappearance along with UNIT'S unpaid scientific adviser The Doctor & companion Leela.

This is a 4 parter on 2 cds running the usual length of 2 hours
A 60 minute behind the scenes audio documentary bonus disc is included in this release.

I am currently recovering from a breakdown & as i am receiving treatment for my illness which can be difficult going at times as i suffer dark day's of Depression.

When i feel in this type of mood i stick on a Big Finish audio and it takes me away for couple of hours to travels with the Doctor on his adventures.

Big Finish employ quailty writer's who write exellent story's to fit each Doctor there writing for, You writer alway know what makes Doctor Who tick & your stories are always engaging.

John Dorney & Jonathan Morris are two of my favourite Big Finish writers & adapt these scripts to audio with perfection.

John Dorney had to more or less wrote the final episode of Foe From The Future as he only had a vague guildline to go on & the result seems seamless.

I've E-mailed both writer's praising these storys & had several very nice E-mails back from both writer's thanking me for my comments.

This lost stories boxset is definitely worth purchasing as you get not one but two classic storys.

Big Finish motto is We Love Stories my motto is we love your stories as they are expertly written have exellent production values & is a labour of love from everybody invovled.

Timelord Rating.
10/10
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Initial post: 14 Oct 2013 03:14:41 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Hi timelord007
I've gone back and forth on whether to buy this boxed set; just a bit pricey all at once. But I might have to, now.
I like all the info you've put in your review; would be a bit easier to read if you broke it up into a few paragraphs along the way.
I'm sorry to read about your health issues, hope your recovery is going well, I know what you mean about the audio stories taking you away, it's easy to lose track of time while listening to such great productions.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2013 10:16:53 BDT
Timelord007 says:
Ive taken your comments on board & done exactly that.
Thank you for the comments it's really helped me restructure my review techniques.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2013 23:38:25 BDT
Keen Reader says:
You're welcome; I really like reading your Doctor Who reviews, I like the snippets of interesting information you have added in. Good luck with your reviewing, I find that practice definitely makes it more of a process that you feel comfortable with. I think knowing that you're going to review something also makes you enjoy the experience of the dvd, or audio cd or whatever more as you are analysing it more deeply for the reasons you like it, or what it is that's striking you as particularly good etc.

Posted on 23 Oct 2013 13:19:21 BDT
Great review.
Sorry to hear you're unwell, all the best with your recovery.
You're spot on about these 2 stories.Especially 'The foe from the future' which is as good as anything Dr Who I've ever heard. Fast paced, hilarious & Tom Baker on full throttle.
What's not to love eh?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2013 16:42:47 BDT
Timelord007 says:
Much Appreciated David & thanks for the feedback.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2013 10:58:26 GMT
Tim Bradley says:
I enjoyed this box set! It definitely has a lot of Tom Baker and Louise Jameson in it and it's a fitting release for Tom Baker fans.
I enjoyed 'The Foe From The Future' very much since it was exciting and very full of action packed scenes. Robert Banks Stewart's writing flows superbly and John Dorney has adapted the scripts pretty well for audio - particularly the final episode.
'Valley of Death' is also good, full of humour (much like Douglas Adams) and is a wonderful romp of an adventure in the Amazon jungles. I like it when Doctor Who does adventures in jungles.
Heard this back in April to celebrate Tom Baker's Doctor and is truly a remarkable box set. Glad Tom Baker's back for Big Finish with Louise Jameson. Tim

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2013 11:37:58 GMT
Timelord007 says:
Thanks Tim feedback much appreciated, It is an exellent box set.
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