- Audio CD: 2 pages
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844354466
- ISBN-13: 978-1844354467
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1 x 14.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Leviathan (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Jan 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the series of Lost Stories produced as full cast audio dramas by Big Finish. These are stories which, for various reasons, were written, or had story ideas drawn up... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Keen Reader
A lost story adapted from Brian Finch’s original script by his son. It just goes to show what difference good quality writing makes. Read morePublished 19 months ago by elizabeth
Death rides in the greenwood, doing its lords' bidding and hunting souls whose Time has come. But now a Time Lord is hunting Death... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Number13
This the third release in the lost stories series and is quite good. It features a good monsters a great guest cast and Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are great as The Doctor and... Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2014 by TARDIS Traveller
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... Read morePublished on 11 July 2014 by Wayne Burchell
In summary a story of medieval peasants, secret technology and deep mysteries that almost didn't work. More detail below. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2011 by Tony Jones
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... Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2010 by Victor
Big Finish have done an excellent job in finally recording 'lost' stories; scripts written for the series but, for various reasons, unmade. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2010 by M. Edmonds