|Reviews for The Lost Stories: The Guardians of Prophecy
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|Ah, the feel of the old times...
|Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
|Friday 17 August 2012
This would have been one of the stron gest opening stories for a season if it had have made it to the screen all those years ago. Just so glad that now we have yet another lost brilliant story restored to us by the brilliant staff of BFP! Colin Baker as per usual is on brilliant form, and Nicola does her sidekick thing just as well. And its a welcome return from a Doctor Who stalwart in the form of Stephen Thorne, man that guy never loses that frightening and powerful voice of his, from Omega to Eldrad to Max Vilmio to Malador. Hes always the right choice to play those truly really nasty villians that old Doctor Who always had in abundance.
And Graham Cole is back! And this time with a speaking role, in fact two, and one as the role he played way back in the Eighties, the Melkur. A suitably brilliant come back for those creepsville statues with the red lazers...only this time its the genuine article. The lament of the Melkur for a start is highly nasty and well realised, and YUCK. All the elements of this story go together so well, and so yes Jonny Morris has done it again, produced a corker of a story that has the ingredients of old classic Colin Baker but with a sparkling audio edge! Great lost story yet again. One of Colin's strongest so far.
|Sequel Not As Good As Original
|David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
|Monday 26 July 2021
That Johnny Byrne had submitted a sequel to his famous "The Keeper of Traken" script was well known. I think the reason it did not get made for TV, which would have been in the Davison period, was that John Nathan-Turner deemed it too expensive and difficult to produce. The Big Finish people managed to get a hold of two synopses of the story that Johnny Byrne wrote. Byrne died in 2008, and for some reason a copy of the full script was not available. The duty of turning these synopses into an audio story was given to Jonathan Morris, who does a serviceable job. There is a bit more humor in the final version than probably would have been in the original. Big Finish assigned the story to Colin Baker's Doctor, and Morris does well in giving Baker's Doctor a more confrontational attitude toward authority than we would likely have seen with Davison's Doctor. Ultimately, the story itself is mainly "The Mummy" set on another planet. There are a few remnants of "The Keeper of Traken," such as a ruling elite that "begs conference" with a computer system that maintains a protective shield of peace and harmony. The Melkur are back, several of them, and this time as themselves rather than The Master pretending to be one. My main complaint is the repetitious insistence that the Melkur and their leader, Malador, are sooooooo evil. They are pure, all-pervading evil. What does that actually mean? And is it convincing if, in the end, Malador is just another would-be galactic dictator who enjoys hurting people? The production of the story is very good, keeping intact the feel and sounds of mid-1980s Doctor Who.