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Leviathan (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Jan 2010

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  • 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)
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2010
Format: 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.
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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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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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