By now, everyone knows of the destruction of roughly half of the episodes of 'Doctor Who' before 1970 by the BBC. For that reason, many little-known stories dating from the tenures of both William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton in the role of the Doctor have acquired a certain mystique.
If nothing else, 'The Troughton Years' demonstrates that this mystique can be very much justified. Introduced by the now sadly deceased Jon Pertwee, Troughton's friend and successor in the role of the Doctor, this video provides a glimpse into a world of wonder, when television was still black and white and the sound of a lavatory flushing slowed down could be so terrifying as to fend off sleep for weeks. While it must be admitted that stories like 'The Underwater Menace' and 'The Dominators' were also a part of the Troughton era, seeing surviving parts of 'the Enemy of the World' and 'the Abominable Snowmen' almost leads one to wonder if they were really a part of the same programme (of course, they were, but we mustn't quibble quibble over details). It should be said that this video is really for people who either remember the original broadcasts, and concealed themselves under blankets to avoid detection by the fearsome Yeti, or those die-hard collectors who simply *must have* every surviving piece of the series. Novices or people just looking for a good story are recommended to more easily accessible fare - 'the Tomb of the Cybermen' and 'the Mind Robber', both starring Patrick Troughton, are particularly good and available in their complete form on video, also from the BBC.
My only real complaint about this release is that the BBC did not see fit to include the only surviving episode of the Yeti sequel story, that being 'The Web of Fear', episode one. It would have been nice, as it were, to have all of one's Yeti in one basket, still, it's hardly fair to complain...
Also be certain to look for the BBC audio release of 'The Web of Fear', which provides the surviving soundtrack of all six episodes of another Troughton classic.
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