|Reviews for The Lost Stories: Leviathan
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|Trevor Smith, Nottingham, United Kingdom
|Thursday 4 February 2010
Listening to this thrilling, twisting story only makes you wish more that this had been made for TV but then again the scenery and effects on TV would never have been as good as the ones in your head.
This story has everything. Action, chases, plot twists, great monsters and so much more that I can't tell you about without revealing to much.
This reminds me why I love the 6th Doctor's audio adventures so much.
Leviathan is a great mixture of classic english horror meets Dr Who. Colin is given the chance to show us how he would carry his Dr forward and this story would have made great TV (with a good budget of course), worth a listen.
|Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
|Saturday 24 April 2010
It has to be said that overall, so far, this lost stories series has been excellent. the stories in their way have many strength and maybe yes a few weaknesses but with this story this is happily not the case.
I could have seen Leviathan as being a story very hard to realise on the screen in the mid eighties. There are si many good ideas floating around in here that it wouldnt have been cheap.
This is a good multi layered story, with many good twists and turns. The ending of Part one is surprising to me, and despite the clues I didnt have a clue it would turn out to be a huge spaceship.
And then there is the gruesome body tanks. Now that is a more ghoulish and scary theme to this excellent tale that doesnt pause for breath from the moment it starts. And there is also plenty of excellent dialogue from all involved that make this lost story very good indeed.
It has all the elements that Doctor Who needs. Ken Bentley has directed this audio brillantly.
Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant: its good to hear them together again, and they work so well with each other. Im glad that the overall banter has calmed between them that was the usual vein in the Colin Baker Doctor Who tv period.
This is a Robert Holmes type story: excellently realised and very well plotted, with plenty of good and different elements floating around!!!
|The Sixth Doctor at His Very Best
|Doug, Pocono Summit, PA, USA
|Tuesday 28 September 2010
Yes. Now this is one lost story I definitely like! Since Colin Baker was on TV screens in the 80s, I felt that his was an interesting Doctor but that with the possible exception of one or two, he never got any really good stories to work with (until the audios). Leviathan is a really good Sixth Doctor story, that gives us a Doctor who is robustly heroic and physical in ways we really never saw on television. He is very much the Sixth Doctor of 1984, yet scripted in a much more impressive and satisfying way in a story of high quality. Leviathan is a bit like an early Tom Baker story on steroids, directed by someone like Joe Ahearne, Euros Lyn or James Hawes (of the new series). As such, this really doesn't feel much like a Season 23 production, as it's too good, but I suppose one can dream. As it turns out, this story was actually commissioned for Season 22 and rejected, probably due to budgetary constraints. To say much about the plot would be to spoil it for those who haven't heard it yet, but I'll just say that the Herne and the Zeron are superb, monstrous characters for audio - they sound great here. Again, doubtful that we'd actually get something as well realized as these in Season 22 or 23 though, as even three seasons later, the Destroyer (of the story Battlefield) couldn't measure up to these characters on screen. So Leviathan gets a failing grade for fitting into this "lost season," but because it's so good while doing so, it doesn't matter.
|Jeremy Matthews, Brisbane, Australia
|Sunday 29 January 2012
The Lost Stories desperately needed a corker fairly early in it's run, and this story kept me engaged enough to look forward to the rest of these stories. It's reputation has perhaps been over-inflated by fans since release, but it would be unfair to deny that this is all round, a good story. The plot twists and turns, constantly surprising the listener, and the characterisation is surprisingly complex, considering the massive number of characters within this story. If I'm honest, I thought that it lacked some depth, and revolved a bit too much around it's plot twists, but this is still a clever, fun story which is a constant delight to listen to.
|David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
|Wednesday 1 March 2017
Leviathan works a clever variation on some old SF tropes. It starts as sort of classic Doctor Who historical, with a medieval setting. Things really aren't what they seem, however. The story works a nice slow reveal as the Doctor and Peri gradually find the clues leading to what is really going on. Peri works well in this story and the way she is written shows how the character may have developed before Trial of a Timelord scuttled things. It's difficult to write about this story without giving away too much of the plot. Suffice to say that the Doctor gets some really choice lines, while Peri shows her brave heart and sensibility. Some elements do not work wholly well. The large cast of characters requires that some actors perform several different characters, leading to some one-note acting with some characters. Eada (Beth Chalmers) and the Baron (John Banks) particularly suffer from this. The medieval accents are bit overly Mummerset. Once again, in trying to recreate the 1985 television experience the soundtrack composer goes a bit overboard on the simplicity. These are minor compared to all that works well in this story.