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The Foe from the Future

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review 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.
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Reviewed By: CYBER_C-JReview Date: 6/24/17 12:39 pm
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The Foe from the Future was originally written by Robert Banks Stewart and has now been adapted by John Dorney. This story was originally supposed to be the conclusion to Season 14 in the place of The Talons of Weng-Chiang until Robert Banks Stewart was called away by Verity Lambert to write on a soap-opera.

To be honest I'm kind of glad this episode was never produced as at the time it would have been pulled down by a poor budget and lack of resources. The character of Chatlotte Willis was originally supposed to be a man as well as some other roles however going by interviews, details like this have been changed to be more in line with today's ethical stances on various issues.

This was the first Big Finish released audio-drama featuring Tom Baker (however not the first one recorded) but his performance is still superb and the chemistry between him and Louise Jameson really shows.

Overall I enjoyed the story as well as Jalnik played by Paul Freeman as the main villain and I don't think the price should steer anyone away from this excellent release.
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Reviewed By: JacobzReview Date: 3/24/17 1:43 am
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Absolutely fantastic, highly recommended to any Fourth Doctor fan.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/3/16 4:18 pm
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'Foe from the Future' really is a feast of an adventure. From an idea by Robert Banks Stewart ('Seeds of Doom' and 'Terror of the Zygons') that was later developed by Robert Holmes into the 'Talons of Weng-Chiang', this story has some recognisable elements. A hideously disfigured alien from the year four thousand, although he doesn't wear a mask like Magnus Greel and this is set in the seventies but then the characters actually move into the year four thousand before being sent back. Plus, Jalnik actually eats people rather than absorbs their life forces. Apart from this is really very different with time paradoxes and giant insects.

There is some very strong imagery which deserves some sort of visual representation, but I think this maybe one of those rare times where it's better that this never went into production because in Big Finish audio form it isn't held back by censorship issues or budget constraints. John Dorney who takes Robert Banks Stewart's ideas beyond the embryonic stage is a fantastic writer, and I doubt any writer could have done a better job. There is clear directing from Ken Bentley and superb music faithful to the era from Howard Carter. It has a very different tone and duration to The Fourth Doctor Adventures and certainly doesn't feel too long despite not being a quick easy listen; definitely, one of the better entries from the Lost Stories range.