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The Foe from the Future

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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.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/18/15 9:54 am
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"Foe From the Future" was the script that was replaced by "Talons of Weng-Chiang." which was a far smarter choice due to the fact the BBC was far better at Victorian London than it was the distant future. Plus, "Talons" is a better script, but not by much, particularly the way John Dorney finishes Robert Banks Stewart's script.

The story deals with of man-eating creatures from the space-time vortex and a post-apocalyptic human race trying to escape them by going to the past. The narrative is clever with great moments for Leela and the Doctor throughout. There's humor and the story is boosted by Louise Brealey who is superb as Charlotte of the Village who is dragged along in this fantastic journey to the future with the Doctor and is just a wonderful character. Not quite Jago and Litefoot, but still very entertaining.

Stewart's original idea is thick with great concepts. Dorney's realization is solid and he deserves credit for not only creating Charlotte but also for an insanely brilliant scene involving Leela and a Human-Vortex creature hybrid. The downside of the story is that a few of the "eating people" scenes particularly in Parts Four and Five seemed a bit too unnecessarily graphic and unpleasant. Producer David Richardson said on the extras that he'd had Dorney dial these elements down a notch. They could have gone a notch more. Still, this is one of the best Fourth Doctor audio stories ever.