Synopsis Imagine a man who defies convention. A man prepared to risk everything to push science to its limits.
Imagine a far distant future where humanity has changed beyond recognition. Where peace may come at a terrible cost, and where violent creatures lurk beneath the surface of the Earth.
Imagine a leap into the unknown, into discovery and adventure.
Imagine a journey in… The Time Machine.
Written By: HG Wells, dramatised by Marc Platt Directed By: Ken Bentley
CAST Ben Miles (The Time Traveller), Nicholas Rowe (Mr Wells), Anjella Mackintosh (Uweena), Nicholas Asbury (Mr Filby), James Joyce (Mr Pollock), Hywel Morgan (Morlock Leader), Christopher Naylor (Mr Naylor). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Adaptation by Marc Platt. Nice. I will definitely be getting this next time I sweep through the BF site.
I strongly recommend getting the bundle if possible. This has been a great Wells series by BF full of oustanding performances and every story adapted extremely well by some of BF's top writers.
'The Invisible Man' - Sir John Hurt and a great production. 'The First Men in the Moon' - it's "the quirky one" of the novels, an authentic adaptation plus a twist or two. Wells' science fiction comedy where the ending turns serious. 'The Shape of Things to Come' is my favourite to date, a stunning, creative adaptation of a most unusual novel (originally written as a history textbook from the future.) 'The Island of Dr. Moreau' - Ronald Pickup in a scientific horror story of creation and identity. Some have found it 'slow' but I think it is perfectly done, in keeping with the novel and magnificent sound design. My second favourite so far, just ahead of 'The Invisible Man'.
The short version of my review: I loved it, what a fantastic Wells series this is! I will now wait (fairly) patiently for 'The Martian Invasion of Earth'...
Marc Platt's excellent and very faithful adaptation of H.G. Wells' most famous novel is another terrific entry in this Big Finish series. The original story is exciting and visionary (if also bleak and pessimistic in its outlook for the future of humanity) and this adaptation brings that excitement and vision vividly to life. You don't have to agree with Wells' politics-inspired vision of the future to believe strongly in the world he has imagined; it's a great novel and for any 'Doctor Who' fan this is clearly the mother-lode, the source of inspiration from which our favourite show was born. The journey depicts beauty and skin-crawling horror side-by-side and finally a vision so awesome it sends a shiver through me at every reading - and it did again here.
The (unnamed) Time Traveller makes his fantastic journey alone and returns to tell his friends, specifically his literary friend Mr. Wells (Nicholas Rowe), about his adventures. So the novel is structured as a narrative and the adaptation keeps this structure; there are full-cast moments, some in the future and some as the Traveller talks with his friends, but most of the story is told as a chronicle. This worked perfectly for me, partly because hearing the novel spring to life from the page carries its own excitement and partly because the adaptation of the narrative is excellent and very faithful; where there were small changes and omissions (that I noticed) I thought they all added to the story.
There was one significant addition that I was aware of on first listening, a short scene with a new character (who might very well have been there, unseen, in the novel) which again felt just right and was a very dramatic moment both in itself and for its surprise value. One key moment of discovery is I think shifted forwards to provide the half-time 'cliffhanger' (and it's a good one!) as the Traveller realises with horrified certainty, and slightly earlier than originally, exactly "what foul villainy" happens "under the new moon"...
Ben Miles' superb performance as the Time Traveller matches the brilliance of the novel and the high quality of the adaptation for the whole gripping production. The first half is an excellent story of mystery and discovery in a future world while the second half is better still, an increasingly desperate, exciting and tragic struggle to escape from that world's unforgettable horrors. And then the final vision...
For some reason, I have never been as familiar with The Time Machine as I have with other HG Wells' stories. And so, I had forgotten a lot of this. This is a charming adaption, the highlight being the relationship between The Traveller and Uweena - so much so that I was really dreading the possibility that her fate was not to be good (her calling him 'Better' is very appealing). The central section of this story soon became an adventure tale that concentrated more on conflict and escape than time travel, which, when this well told, is fine with me.
The cast are excellent throughout, with Ben Miles compelling and Anjella Mackintosh charming as Uweena. This might be edging towards my second favourite of these HG Wells adaptions, just behind The Invisible Man. I wonder when we'll be lucky enough to here The Martian Invasion of Earth?
Post by acousticwolf on Sept 18, 2017 13:50:06 GMT
Just finished this, another cracking tale. It's been years since I read the book and yet this sounded so familiar (so it must be a pretty good adaption). I was completely immersed, which is possibly not a great thing as I'm at work .
"I am Grey. I stand between the candle and the star."