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4.4 - The Mega

"This is a warning. Your aggression cannot go unchecked. The West must disarm. We will make you disarm."

When an assassination follows the first demonstration of a deadly new weapon, it appears that an alien race has fired the opening salvo in a new war – a war… for peace.

But is that truly their intent? The Doctor is unsure. The answer lies deep in the heart of a d... (more)

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Review By adamelijah 5/15/15 8:01 pm
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Leviathan is a story originally commissioned for Season 22 for which there's no official explanation for why it wasn't made. However, the reason is obvious: the BBC could not afford to make it properly. As Nicola Bryant said in the extras, it would have taken a year's budget to do it. Instead, the script was adapted by Paul Finch (the son of the script's original writer Brian Finch) and the result is a marvelous and very cinematic audio drama.

The Doctor and Peri appear to land in Medieval England where a village is sending teenagers out to die at the hands of the monster known as Herne, who history indicates was little more than a myth. The Doctor is led to investigate and he and Peri encounter a group of young rebels.

The twists that the story takes from there show the imagination and excitement that is central so many great Doctor Who stories. The action is exciting and thrilling with great monsters and superb battles, as well as an absolutely stunning soundscape that really helps your mind grasp the massive scale of the story. The concepts are thrilling and incredibly clever including the ideas behind the Sentinels of the New Dawn and the Leviathan itself.

The story also has some great moments for our leads. Peri has one of her finest stories and has a great scene where she rallies the rebels. The Doctor show's some interesting character moments from his initial reluctance to become involved to a brilliant sword fight to a climatic battle with the villains, and a final philosophical and melancholy moment in the TARDIS at the end.

Overall, this is one of the must-listen to Lost Stories and ranks right up there with the best work Colin Baker did on TV as the Doctor.
Review By newt5996 5/13/15 5:44 pm
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The Children of Seth would have originally been titled Man Power and would have been written by Kinda and Snakedane writer Christopher Bailey. This version was adapted by Marc Platt due to Bailey not being available to write the adaptation. Having Platt take care of adapting helped the story be something different than Bailey's other two stories as this story isn't as mystifying in the slightest, which is fine because a rewrite of a Mara story would just be boring. This story is extremely different from the Mara stories in a way that is reminiscent of the dark intensity of The Elite and The Caves of Androzani. It also has had me thinking about it for the past few hours much like The Natural History of Fear and Spare Parts did.

The acting is superb and Big Finish brought in two great stars to be supporting characters. Honor Blackman plays Anahita and gives the role an almost Romana-like quality. She acts as if she is the Doctor's equal. David Warner is also brought in to play Siris who is a very memorable character. The most appetizing part of the story is the titular Seth who really is something to behold. Without giving anything away it is one of the best twists done in who.

The only bad thing in this story is Part One which is oddly paced, but does feel like it was made during the reign of JNT and Eric Saward.
Review By newt5996 5/12/15 11:39 am
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Hexagora would have been a Fifth Doctor story written by Peter Ling, writer of The Mind Robber, and Hazel Adair. It only got as far as a detailed storyline called Hex before it was cancelled. This adaptation was by Brian Finch who also adapted his father's Sixth Doctor story Leviathan.

The first thing about this story that really comes to mind is the performance of Queen Zafira played by Jacqueline Pearce who is a joy to listen to giving the Queen a regal presence and never deteriorating into a ranting villain. Janet Fielding's Tegan really gets to shine here as yet another person she knows is effected by an alien menace. Peter Davison also gets to act a bit like Hartnell's Doctor when he is tricked into a marriage.

Now on to the bad stuff. First off, Dan Starkey is in this audio drama but it is too obvious that it is Strax playing Zellenger. It also doesn't help that Zellenger is a one note character with very little depth. Also the pacing of the first half is really off making the second half a thrill ride of sorts but the first half is very difficult to get through.
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