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"Doctor Who": The Lost TV Episodes Collection: (1964-1965) No. 1
"Doctor Who": The Lost TV Episodes Collection: (1964-1965) No. 1
by William Hartnell
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 70.00

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Classics made available, 28 Feb 2011
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. For some reason, I think this works particularly well on audio, and I thought that Carole Ann Ford's narration complimented the story well. This serial is also lighter in tone compared to previous historicals, sadly this is where it is inferior to Marco Polo, but otherwise it is another great story.

The Crusade: I had previously seen the extant episodes on the fabulous Lost in Time DVD set, as well as listening to the soundtracks of tghe missing episodes that were also included. At the time, because of the lack of linking narration to piece the story together, I lost track of what was happening quite quickly, and for a while it remained one of my least favourite stories ever. Thanks to the narration included on the CD however, I have managed to cotton on to the story, and am now happy to say I enjoy it immenesely, with partivcular praise going to Julian Glover, who plays King Richard.

Galaxy 4: The only sci-fi entry in the set, Galaxy 4 is probably my favourite story out of the five, probably because in all honesty, I do prefer the Science Fiction stories over the historical ones. The Chumblies are cute without being annoying and I enjoy some of the dialogue given to the Drahvins, which makes them sound really alien. The planet the Drahvins are trapped on is described beautifully on CD, and I can only imagine what it must have looked like beyond what is available to see in the surving six minutes of footage ibcluded on the Lost in Time set.

The Myth Makers: Probably the weakest story in the set, but that doesn't stop it from being somehat enjoyable. A Doctor Who Version of Carry on Cleo, the story is at times really funny, but once again I don't think that this suits the historical stories as well as it should.

All in all a fantastic set of stories that no Doctor Who fan should be without. If you don't want to fork out for this set, you can find them individually around Amazon

Doctor Who - Winter Specials 2009 - Waters of Mars and The End of Time [DVD]
Doctor Who - Winter Specials 2009 - Waters of Mars and The End of Time [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: 10.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end for the Tenth Doctor, 23 Sep 2010
AT first I thought it an odd choice to release The Waters of Mars and The End of Time together, a all previous Specials (bar The Christmas Invasion) had their own stand-alone releases. I certainly wasn't prepared to pay twenty-odd quid for this set either. But thanks to Amazon, I can now enjoy yhese episodes all over again

The Waters of Mars- Disc 1

The Waters of Mars is probably up there with Planet of the Ood as the best Tenth Doctor story. Initially starting off quite light in tone, the story quickly darkens into a tale of the conflict in the Doctor's mind about whether or not he should change history. The Flood are some of the best monsters the series as done, which contribute significantly to the fear factor of this story. The crew are excellently portrayed by actors/acrresses of varying nationalities, particularly Lindsay Duncan as Adelaide who injects the character with a sense of toughness, and I wasn't expecting the character's suicide at the end. COmic relief is provided by the base's robot GADGET, who ultimately saves the day by piloting the TARDIS. The Tenth Doctor's descent into darkness is well handled, flashback scenes and a vision of Ood Sigma woven into slow mo shots of the Doctor giving off a nice effect.

The episode of Doctor Who Confidential is also presented in its entirety, giving a detailed account of various aspects of the production. I wonder if that girder will return again.....?

The End of Time Part 1-Disc 2

The first part of The End of Time is probably the oddest episode in the set. At times dark and at times funny, its sole purpose is to set up the Tenth Doctor's swansong, the Master's return, and the return of the Time Lords for the big climax in Part 2. The return of the Master is handled well, even if it is a bit cheesy, and the return of Wilfred Mott is genius, who else should acompany the Tenth Doctor on his final journey? The Master's plot is actually quite convincing, using alien technology to spread his genetic code throughout the human race, perfectly intertwined with one of the best cliffhangers ever, the Time Lords returning to initiate the end of time.

Once again the relevant Confidential episode is included in its entirety, giving a brief overview of the Master's appearances, which should delight any fan.

The End of Time Part 2- Disc 3

Part 2 of The End of Time is noticably different than part 1, with the characters set firmly in their places ready for the Tenth Doctor's final episode. I couldn't think of any better way to see the Tenth Doctor off than to see him forced once again into tragedy, forced to see his 'best enemy' presumably killed, and to have to kill his own species. The ensuing four knocks on that glass door and the sacrifice the Doctor makes is quite poignant, as is the ensuing 20 minute ending, allowing the Tenth Doctor to visit all his companions again before finally regenerating into Matt Smith. The final scene with the Eleventh Doctor is brilliant, perfectly capturing the essence of theperiod after regeneration, and setting the tone for The Eleventh Hour.

Once again, the relevant Confidential is included, detailing the regeneration, and showing how some of the effects were achieved.

Overall view of this set: 10/10

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