Reviewed By: newt5996
Review Date: 11/6/18 4:33 pm
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What is it with Robert Banks Stewart and body horror? Of his two stories on television both Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom are heavy on people changing in some way into grotesque aberrations, the Zygon's are body snatchers and the Krynoids transform the body. The Foe from the Future does not stray far from themes of body horror, however, unlike the previous two Robert Banks Stewart stories, The Foe from the Future deals with body horror as an avenue to human insanity in the form of the Pantophagen, giant grasshopper inhabitants of the Time Vortex ripped straight out of the works of HP Lovecraft with a bit of Kafka's Metamorphosis thrown in for good measure, in that they make people insane. The idea is that time experiments in the year 4,000 has caused a rip in the space-time vortex allowing the creatures to ravage the Earth. The character of Jalnik is someone who seems to actually want to save his people, but by the halfway point he has devolved into complete insanity and let himself be taken over by the Pantophagen. He wants to see the villains succeed, even corrupting his closest friends into his brotherhood as they slowly transform closer to an insect.
Louise Jameson is a highlight throughout this story as she returns to the character of Leela close to her meeting with the Doctor (this story was meant to be the Season 14 finale in the place of The Talons of Weng-Chiang). She doesn't understand modern human society, but has already made growths in empathy, giving a touching eulogy for a nameless policeman who locked her up for breaking and entering. The noble savage is not a character who does not care about other, but puts herself and the Doctor before them. John Dorney also creates the character of Charlotte from scratch and Louise Brealey gives her life excellently and for Tom Baker's first foray into Big Finish it feels like he never left the role. This is one of Big Finish's best releases and is worth the high price tag of the Box Set.