After a long period of ignorance on the line of audio adventures, I have become deeply embedded in the Big Finish Productions of Doctor Who. The line has centered on four of the classic Doctors, the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker), the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and the Eight Doctor (Paul McGann). Actor Tom Baker had avoided renewing his association with the role that had made him a household name until last year when he recorded Hornet’s Nest and Demon Quest for the BBC.
More recently, Big Finish has announced that Baker has agreed to star in two series of audio adventures. There have been few details of what to expect until today when the title of the first release was revealed as ‘The Foe From the Future,’ an abandoned script from 1977 written by Robert Banks Stewart.
Stewart had already delivered two knock-out scripts for Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom, both atmospheric and exciting dramas heavily influenced by folklore and Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass serials. Script editor Robert Holmes had contacted Stewart to provide the series fourteen finale, The Foe From the Future. When Banks proved unavailable, Holmes developed the classic known as The Talons of Weng Chiang.
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January 2012 sees the release of Doctor Who: The Lost Stories – The Fourth Doctor Box Set, and we’re able to reveal details of one of the two stories in the five-disc package.
The six-part The Foe From the Future by Robert Banks Stewart has been adapted for audio by John Dorney, and will be recorded as a full cast drama with Tom Baker as the Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela. The serial was planned for TV broadcast in 1977, and development was well underway when Stewart was offered a job with ITV. Regretfully he was forced to abandon work on the story, which was ultimately replaced byThe Talons of Weng-Chiang.
“The Foe from the Future was one of those Doctor Who storylines that somehow got away,” says Robert Banks Stewart. “It’s great news that Big Finish are going to recapture the yarn with an audio production.”
John Dorney’s adaptation authentically re-creates the tone of the era, as the Doctor and Leela arrive in the present day Earth of 1977, where ghostly figures are appearing…
(more details on Robert Banks Stewart’s story from ’77 can be found at A Brief History of Time Travel)
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