Tommy B is back! And, in fact, some “lost” stories are back too!
John Dorney peppers the mainly suspenseful script with many witty and sometimes self~referential gags (a dig at corridors, for example) and the cast play them superbly. In particular, Charlotte, played by Sherlock’s Molly, Louise Brealey, lights up the ears with her wonderful accent – could’ve made such a magnificent companion. She really does sparkle.
Inevitably, at six episodes, the story does tend to drag a little in the middle (a comment that can be aimed at almost every television six~parter) but the incredibly dramatic final two parts make up for any plot wandering. It was admirable to maintain the author’s outline but one can’t help feel that some editing should have been done, cutting the story down to four parts.
The finale features wonderful sound work and some horrific noises; conjuring up all sorts of unpleasant imagery – not unlike the brutality of The Seeds of Doom. It’s difficult to picture telly Doctor Who being able to pull off the audacious time jumping, apocalyptic nature of the closing two episodes (even now), but here, on audio, The Foe From The Future finds a perfect home.
With even more gags than the previous story, there’s also some repeats of giggles from Remembrance of the Daleks and The Invasion of Time. Comparisons can also be drawn with The Android Invasion, with doubles of The Doctor and Leela parading around, but this doesn’t work so well in the audio medium.
Noticeably, Baker’s tones seem much more livelier and of~the~time than the previous story whilst Jameson still shines as Leela. Beside The Foe From The Future, though, it comes off a clear second.
Thanks to Big Finish
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