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  • Audio CD: 12 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408467518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408467510
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 12.7 x 6.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Let the TARDIS take you back to the early days of Doctor Who with these five thrilling adventures starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor.

About the Author

John Lucarotti first wrote about Marco Polo when he scripted an eighteen-part radio series about him for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. When he was approached to write for Doctor Who, he remembered this CBC series and chose the medieval explorer as his subject. He contributed two more scripts for the series - The Aztecs and The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve - and wrote the novelisations of all his scripts for Target books. He died in Paris on 20 November 1994, aged 68.

Dennis Spooner was script editor of Doctor Who during the William Hartnell era, and wrote several stories for the show, including The Reign of Terror and The Romans. He also wrote for the Gerry Anderson series' Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray and Thunderbirds, and co-created five espionage series' including Man in a Suitcase, Department S and The Adventurer. Spooner also created the cult detective series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). He died in September 1986.

David Whitaker was the first Story Editor for Doctor Who, and was responsible for finding and commissioning writers, and it was Whitaker as much as anyone who defined the narrative shape of Doctor Who. He wrote for the Doctor Who annuals, novelised the first Dalek story and worked with Terry Nation on various Dalek-related material including the hugely successful comic strip The Daleks. David Whitaker died in 1980.

William Emms was a scriptwriter who wrote for a variety of television programmes including The Revenue Men, Callan, Ace of Wands, Z Cars and Crossroads. In 1965, he wrote Galaxy 4, the first serial in the third season of Doctor Who. It was broadcast in four weekly parts from 11 September to 2 October. Emms wrote several further scripts for Doctor Who, but they were not commissioned. However, in 1985 his novelisation of Galaxy 4 was published as a Target book, and the following year, he wrote a novel in the Make Your Own Adventure with Doctor Who range of children's gamebooks, entitled Mission to Venus. He died in 1993.

Donald Cotton contributed two scripts to Doctor Who: The Myth Makers and The Gunfighters. After helping to develop the BBC series Adam Adamant Lives!, he decided to concentrate on theatre, and was a successful playwright and actor throughout the Sixties and Seventies. He retired from acting in 1981, but continued his writing career into the Eighties. He novelised his Doctor Who scripts for Target books, as well as Dennis Spooner’s The Romans. Donald Cotton died in January 2000.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Real M.B.E. Of Tooting on 3 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Well this is a nice little collection of re-remastered 1960's Hartnell episodes that no longer exist in the BBC Film and Television archives. All the episodes in this box set have been individually released before by the BBC from about 2000 - 2005, however, these little beauties have been specially remastered using all the very latest software. The sound is crystal clear and really helps the listener to enjoy the programmes. The stories on offer in this value-packed BBC boxed set are;

1.Marco Polo - 7 Episodes - 0 Existing in the archives.
2.The Reign of Terror - 6 Episodes - Episodes 1,2,3,6 exist in the archives.
3.The Crusade - 4 Episodes - Episodes 1 & 3 exist in the archives.
4.Galaxy 4 - 4 Episodes - Newly discovered {2011} episode 3 exists in the archives.
5.The Myth Makers - 4 Episodes - 0 Existing in the archives.

So, now we have cleared that up, on with the reviews.

Marco Polo - A fantastic 7 part epic story from Doctor Who's 1st season, it stars all the regular cast and includes such actors as Mark Eden and Derren Nesbitt, I never listened to this story before or really watched the fantastic full colour reconstruction done by Loose Cannon Productions, however, after 2 years of putting it off, I finally gave this story the time of day and really enjoyed it, it stands as probably the best Hartnell historical ever, if not for the Aztecs it would be no. 1 for me. The epic feel to this drama is fantastic and all I can say is that it does not disapoint at all, the actors are all on top form and you get a feel that they are all having tremendous fun whilst working on this story. The direction from Waris Hussein is great and he really uses all the space available to him. This is a personal fav of mine now.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Francis Salvi on 28 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, let me start by saying that the title of the review isn't completely accurate. All of the CDs in this set (bar the bonus disc) have been released before.

As I'm sure your aware, a good portion of Doctor Who from the 1960s no longer exist in the BBC Archives. But thanks to the work of dedicated fans armed with their audio tape recorders, we can now enjoy the soundtracks of these lost episodes, accompanied by linking narration from a member of the cast who worked on the story. The stories in this set consist of Marco Polo, The Reign of Terror, The Crusade, Galaxy 4 and The Myth Makers. Of these 5, four of them are historicals, with only Galaxy 4 being a sci-fi oriented adventure, but don't let that discourage you. All the stories in this set are brilliant in their own way.

Marco Polo: The earliest story to be missing from the BBC, this is a fantastic historical story, detailing the Doctor and his friends' journey with Marco Polo as he travels to Peking. Despite being seven episodes long, the story rattles along nicely, with several good action moments, though this one does center a lot on the characters and their relationships with each other. Marco Polo's journal entries help sustain the fact that the story takes place over several months, which helps make it feel epic.

The Reign of Terror: I approached this not knowing whether I'd enjoy it or not, and I am glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it, though slightly less than Marco Polo. Whilst previous historicals had all featured noteworthy historical characters, this is the first story to feature a major historical event, namely the French Revolution, which helps add a sense of urgency to affairs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kk on 9 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
Dozens of "Doctor Who" TV episodes are lost as visual film recordings - but they survive as audio soundtracks, digitally remastered with additional linking narration by members of the original cast. This handsome 12CD box set collects together five adventures which are either wholly or partially lost from the TV archives, but which can be enjoyed in their entirety on audio. Presented in chronological order of transmission, the stories in this collection are "Marco Polo", "The Reign of Terror", "The Crusade", "Galaxy 4", and "The Myth Makers", all starring William Hartnell as the original Doctor. It also includes bonus interviews with William Russell (Ian), Carole Ann Ford (Susan) and Maureen O'Brien (Vicki) in which they recall their time as Doctor Who companions; colour scans of the original TV camera scripts for all 25 episodes, presented as PDF files and a JPEG map showing the route taken by the Doctor and his companions in the company of the explorer Marco Polo. "The Lost TV Episodes Collections" are presented in an attractive tuck-end slipcase. Each individual story is presented in its own rigid case with accompanying sleeve notes, cast & production credits and full track listing.
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During the 1970s, the BBC implemented its mass purging policy of old videotapes in order to make room in their stock offices. This meant that a lot of the Doctor Who serials concerning the first, second and even third doctors were erased from the system. Now that Doctor Who has grown so immense in popularity, this is something that the BBC is attempting to rectify, by leading investigations into finding lost episodes from outside sources, such as film collectors or foreign television broadcasters. The purging was before the notion of home media took effect, and subsequently television producers realised that there was a lot of money to be made in this mass home media distribution in the form of LPs, beta-max/VHS and, most recently DVD.
A lot of Doctor Who fans have searched high and low for odd copies of these missing episodes and there have been some surprising discoveries. However, at this moment, all that remains of these serials are the original television soundtracks in audio form, which were lovingly recorded by fans at the time of broadcast with the use of sound-capturing devices. These were sent to the BBC and through digital clean-up and remastering, were released as individual audio-book titles, with linking narration by original cast members, in order to bridge the gap between these lost stories. All of these titles have been previously released individually, some as part of the 'BBC Radio Collection' and others as part of the current 'BBC Audio' imprint, with the latter including bonus interviews with the cast members of the particular serials they were a part of.
This first-volume box-set incorporates the first five lost TV Episodes that were previously released individually.
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