Listened last week. It was ... ok. I think if it had been submitted to BF as an original script it would have gone through a couple more drafts. As others have said too much padding at the start. It is also dated - but that is not really a fair complaint given that it is a "Lost Story". There are also a couple of plot contrivances that were a bit too convenient - when the device that could travel back down any wave transmission appeared at the start it was very obvious that it would be used as a plot device before the story was over. Likewise, did anyone else think the final resolution was a bit too easy?
Mordant is a lot less Sil-like than I think he would have been had this been produced in 1986. The "Dwarf" part of his name seems to have been dropped entirely, presumably because of the implications, which the production team would have got away with in the 1980s, are no longer acceptable in 2019.
This was a perfectly serviceable and enjoyable story. As long as you don’t take it too seriously. Must admit when I first read the target novelisation all those years ago, I somehow envisaged Mordant as being more repulsive then plummy. Presumably this was deliberately done to distance him from Sil and it works rather well. It does help that Robin Sebastian (Kenneth Williams from the Missing Hancocks if anyone is interested) is obviously having fun with his performance.
With all the talk of thought balloons and hate rays, it’s possibly the closest Doctor Who has come to a Saturday Morning cartoon with a moustache twirling villain to boot.
And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Somehow though had this actually been filmed I doubt it would be lauded as a classic. Still, it was good to fill the gap in any case.
I agree with much that's been said here. There are some really good scenes and individual moments, but the story is so very thin. the excesses and feeling that it's "over the top" seem like it trying to make up for a poor story. I agree that the idea isn't a bad one. That being said, it did feel very much "of the era". Whether that's a good or bad thing is up to the individual listener.
"Over the top" is how I felt about the two villains in the piece. Overall it was a fun piece of history.
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