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5.0 out of 5 stars Volume 4 - Nearing Completion, 30 Jan 2012
Well what a fabulous line up of Pat's classics we have here, 5 more classic 1960's serials brand new and remastered with some updated linking narration from Anneke wills on The Macra Terror. I find it brilliant that the BBC are constantly updating their Doctor Who range of releases, we have had 4 volumes of these brand new box sets now and are only one volume away from completing out collection of every missing Doctor Who serial on remastered CD.

So here we have the serials included in this BBC CD boxed set;

The Macra Terror - {4 episodes} - {0 exist on video}
The Faceless Ones - {6 episodes} - {episodes 1 & 3 exist on video}
The Evil of the Daleks - {7 episodes} - {only episode 2 exists on video}
The Abominable Snowmen - {6 episodes} - {only episode 2 exists on video}
The Ice Warriors - {6 episodes} - {episodes 1,4,5,6 exist on video}

So, now we know whats missing and what survives {on the Lost in Time DVD boxed set BBCDVD1353}, lets review the individual serials;

The Macra Terror - When I first heard the Macra Terror, I loved it, and that was a battered old 2 cassette release from the early 90's. The audio quality was poor but I still very much enjoyed it. Anneke Wills brand new linking narration is great and a real help if you are listening to the action rather than watching it via the reconstructions widely available online. If I could sum up the whole serial in one word, it would have to be atmosphere, this story screams atmosphere, the incidental music by Dudley Simpson is electric, it really adds to the production and is fantastic. There should be a BBC CD release for Dudley's work on Doctor Who for us to enjoy, but currently no such release has emerged. Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Michael Craze and Anneke Wills are the centre of attention here, each with their own part in the story to play. As ever, Pat is on top form here and you get the sense that he is loving every minute of working on the series he has helped to continue. The other quest cast are all very intriquing, the Pilot, Ola and more importantly the Controller are fascinating.

Synopsis: The Doctor and his 3 companions Jamie, Ben and Polly arrive on a distant world in the distant future, the planet has by now been colonised by humans and is being used as a gas refinery. The colony is run by the Pilot under command from the Controller, who although has the visual appearance of a human, is in fact a Macra, a group these alien insects who have infiltrated the colony and are brain-washing the humans in to mining vital gas for the creatures survival. The Doctor eventually finds all this out and gradually persuades the colonists that the colony is in the grip of these horrible monsters. In the end, the Macra are defeated by the Doctor and his companions. All is well until they touch down on an active runway in 1960's London.

The Macra Terror is completely lost barring a few brief clips, it is a shame that the Beeb junked these classics but lets be grateful that fans of the series recorded these episodes for us to enjoy today. The story suits audio, the Macra suit audio, the Doctor suits audio. This production is much better realised through the audio medium than if the visuals survived. The Macra in visual form were never going to be impressive, and as a person who has seen the Macra Terror in visual form, I can tell you that listeners are not missing out. I prefer the audio soundtrack to the visuals as the audio with narration really adds atmosphere and enjoyment.

As for the BBC CD release, its been lovingly remastered and not rush-released like it was in the 90's. The cover is very attractive and the narration from Anneke Wills is clear and easy on the ears, there is not too much talking from Anneke here and she never interups or talks over the actor speaking. All these factors make the Macra Terror a great addition to the Doctor Who missing adventures range on BBC audio.

The Faceless Ones - is a 6 part serial from one of the greatest seasons of Doctor Who ever, season 4. All 7 stories that were broadcast in this season are unique and special. The Faceless Ones, airing late in the season is a 6 part story featuring new alien badies the Chameleons who have come to earth to steal the identities of 50,000 young earthicans. Thusly, the plot revolves around our 4 heros saving the day. By this time, Second Doctor Patrick Troughton has settled in to the role and here asserts his natural leadership over his companions and the staff at Gatwick.

If The Faceless Ones suffers from one weakness, its its length. The story really could have been a more thrilling 4 part affair. The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase and The Macra Terror are all classics in my eyes because they are short, to-the-point and exciting. I have always enjoyed Doctor Who's 4 parter's. The Faceless Ones does not drag as badly as some other 6 part stories I can think of, but still, it could have done with shaving a few minutes off its run time. That aside, what we have here is a classic story starring a stella cast. The highlight for me in this serial is Colin Gordon's Commandant. He bounces off Troughton's Doctor wonderfully, as does Bernard Kay's Crossland. Unusually, Ben and Polly are absent for the vast majority of the serial, only appearing right at the bitter-sweet end where they decide to stay behind in 1966 London. Their performances are emotionally moving, especially Polly's. I always liked Ben and Polly so for me its sad to see them leave.

I highly recommend that you grab a copy of The Faceless Ones, I'm certainly glad I did. A very enjoyable romp with Pat and the crew in 1966's modern day Gatwick airport. Special final note has to go to Mark Ayres brilliant restoration of this classic. The audio is as clear as anything on T.V. today, so you should have no problem getting right in to the events of this lost classic.

The Evil of the Daleks - is my all-time favouite Dalek Who serial. Broadcast between 20th May and 1 July 1967 this story closed season 4 of Doctor Who, one of the greatest seasons during the shows run. The first time I saw Evil was via the unbelievable Loose Cannon Reconstruction, I fell in love with it and have never looked back. The only problem with the reconstruction was that they used the unnarrated soundtrack, and although crystal clear, lacked Frazer Hines brilliant narration. The BBC double CD release solves this minor problem. The audio has been lovingly restored by Mark Ayres of the Doctor Who Restoration Team. His groundbreaking work on missing Doctor Who audio soundtracks has aided in keeping these missing classics from becoming forgotten classics.

On to the story itself. The Doctor and Jamie have just seen the TARDIS stolen, they begin to investigate who is involved when they are kidnapped by a man named Waterfield and transported back in time 100 years to 1866. Once there they become embroiled in an attempt by the Daleks to discover the Human factor, the natural ability of Humans to defeat the Daleks and survive for millenia. As the experiment progresses, the Doctor and co. are then taken to the Daleks homeworld Skaro, where the Dalek Emperor has been using the Doctor all along to find the Dalek factor. The humanised Daleks begin a rebellion in the city on Skaro and in the end the Daleks, The Emperor and even the Human Daleks are all destroyed and the Doctor stands on the edge of oblivion and states..."the final end"...

What makes the Evil of the Daleks special is that it is set in 3 different time zones, 1966, 1866 and future Skaro. This works really well as it keeps the story fresh and alive, the 1866 episodes are my personal favouries as they are realised very well by the designers. Such great actors like Marius Goring, John Bailey, Sonny Caldinez and of course Patrick Troughton really add realism to the serial and that for me creates an absolute classic.

I really could not recommend this Pat Troughton classic any more, so please go and buy the CD release or grab hold of a Loose Cannon Productions reconstruction if needed as you will not be disappointed with The Evil of the Daleks.

The Abominable Snowmen - I have always been reluctant to watch this story, I find that it is over hyped by fandom and personally, I feel it drags too much and would have been an excellent 4 part affair. I much prefer the sequel to this serial, The Web of Fear, a much more atmospheric story and featuring a much improved cast. Although I will admit that even The Web of Fear drags somewhat, its a much better serial overall than Abominable. The plot is simple enough really, the Great inteligence has invaded a tibetan monastery and is using robotic Yeti's to wreak havoc on the local Buddist community, we never really learn too much about this Great Inteligence, all we know is that it is a malevolent force that is conducting experiments. As ever, the Inteligence's plans are ruined when the Doctor and his companions arrive and start to meddle in its affairs. At the conclusion to the story, the Inteligence is defeated and the monastary nearly destroyed as is usual in these types of serials.

Casting Wolfe Morris as Padmasambhava was a great choice from director Gerald Blake, his over the top creepy performance is inspiring. Wolfe plays Padmasambhava with great care, chopping and changing between a fragile 300 year-old man and the fearsome Inteligence. I must commend his acting ability here as the control displayed from Padmasambhava is fantastic. Other great casting choices were Jack Watling as a young professor Travers, in real life Jack is Deborah Watling's father, she plays the Doctor's companion Victoria Waterfield in this story. As well as Jack we have Norman Jones as Khrisong, the warrior Monk, and Charles Morgan as Songsten, the high priest.

Although not my favourite story to star the ever great Patrick Troughton, this is by far not a bad story, its popularity ensured the return of the Yeti some months later in Web of Fear and 40+ years later they are set to make an appearance in Matt Smith's seventh series, or so I've heard. I would highly recommend you listen to this serial as part of the 4th volume of this great BBC CD boxed set of classic missing Second Doctor adventures.

The Ice Warriors - Well, what do we have here, 1967's The Ice Warriors is the start of another memorable race from a memerable television series. The story is a true Doctor Who classic, it adheres to a formula that served the series well for decades and will continue to do so for quite a while yet. The plot is simple, you have a base, usually full or scientists, a central villian, in this case Varga, and the Doctor {of course}. So what we have then is the genesis of the Ice Warriors, this being their debut story, and what a little cracker of an introduction they get.

This 6 part serial broadcast in the winter of 67 will always be fondly remembered by fans for creating yet another great villian in the already packed arsenal, the Ice Warriors. Their appearance in these early days of black and white television is impressive, knowing that the budget for this great show is pityful, it is nothing short of amazing that the costumes are so outstanding. The Ice Warriors must rank as one of the great Doctor Who pull-offs in its long and varied history. I mean come on, what the designers, writers and prodcers created from such a low budget is nothing short of a miracle. I cannot fault the Ice Warrior's apperance in any of their outings. So I say well done to Bernard Bresslaw, Roger Jones, Sonny Caldinez, Michael Attwell and Tony Harwood for making the Ice Warriors such a great foe for the titular Time Lord. There are great performances from the whole gammot of quest cast and regulars here, which for me makes The Ice Warriors one of the greatest Patrick Troughton stories made.

Only episodes 1,4,5 & 6 are still with us, episodes 2 & 3 will no doubt be animated for release on to DVD in 2013. So the question is what do we get from the surviving episodes? Well, we get a cracking good old base-under-siege type Troughton classic, you can pretty much live without episodes 2 & 3, they don't contribute massively to events, just a couple of padders in my opinion, the most important episodes thankfully are still with us. The BBC Reconstruction of episodes 2 & 3 are a nice little feature if you don't have Loose Cannon's full reconstruction of the missing episodes or you just can't stand the audio medium. Either way, fans will be pleased that they have got any kind of reconstruction at all.

Great casting was done on this adventure by director Derek Martinus, especially the part of Clent, Peter Barkworth's acting in this story has to be some of his best, the emotion-less Leader Clent is a formidable oponent enough, no need really for the Ice Warriors, Clent is pretty much a 6 part serial on his own. So I say look out for the great acting from his powerhouse performance here. Also, we have great allround actor Peter Sallis on board, one of Great Britain's finest actors for sure. Here, his portrayal of Penley, the maveric scientist with ambitions of leading a technology free life is yet another great performance and one that plays of brilliantly against the computer-like Clent. Their confrontation scene near the end of events is electric.

On fine form here is Patrick Troughton, his cosmic hobo portrayal of the weird alien from a distant planet is inspiring. His performance was markedly more energetic than in the previous serial "The Abominable Snowmen", he, as Penley does, plays off well against Clent as he battles not only the Ice Warriors, but convincing the base personell that trusting every aspect of their lives to a computer is immoral. As ever, the Doctor wins the battle against the Ice Warriors and does succeed somewhat in convincing the humans to have more faith in themselves and others than in machines. As you can imagine, this story was bred from peoples fear in the 1960's that computers would eventually take control of the earth and humanity would therefore be enslaved to such devices.

Frazer Hines "Jamie" and Deborah Watling's "Victoria" have a nice outting here as well, Victoria having settled by now in to the routine of the TARDIS lifestyle, battling monsters and villains. Never having a peaceful boring old life. Her scenes with Varga shows what a strong little actress she is, and although she will forever be remembered for her screaming rather than her acting capabilities, its a nice story for her anyway.

So, all in all, although episodes 2 & 3 are sadly missing, and unlikely to be discovered we still have two thirds of this classic Patrick Troughton story to enjoy and afterall you're not really missing much. Try and get a hold of the BBC video box set release if you want to enjoy the story visually, or even the Loose Cannon reconstruction wouldn't go amiss for the missing episodes 2 & 3. Furthermore, this CD has all 6 episodes complete, unedited and remastered for you to enjoy. Either way you will find that you will enjoy this story all the same. Highly Recommended.

Well, after what seems to have taken me over an hour to write, here we have all 5 reviews of these fantastic missing 1960's Doctor Who serials with the immortal Patrick Troughton at the helm. Highly, highly, highly recommended.

Many thanks for your reading of this humble reviewers opinion, its greatly appreciated.

M.B.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 10 Mar 2013
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Think it is great I remember watching them when they first came on to tv . Watched every episode every week
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection., 20 July 2014
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Good collection for a Doctor Who Fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classics even if I am glad it's out of date, 22 Oct 2013
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How can I complain that only weeks after listening to Enemy of the World and Web of Fear I can now see watch virtually all of these two stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes: Collection 4, 9 May 2013
I have to say, without a doubt, that these stories are the best CDs I've ever owned!

Having bought all of the Doctor Who The Lost TV Episodes Collections chronologically, I have been able to fill otherwise gaping holes in my ever expanding Doctor Who DVD collection. The quality is fabulous and each story is presented in it own case with booklet and track listing. If you divide the price by how many episodes there are in each collection you will find that they are being sold at very reasonable prices per episode, meaning a good bargain for any who fan.

I am very pleased with these lost who classics both in their presentation and in their restoration, and I would recommend them all. (Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes: Collections 1,2,3,4,5,6)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who The Lost TV Episodes Collection 4, 9 May 2013
On 12 CD's. Presented in chronological order of transmission, the stories in this collection are 'The Macra Terror' (remastered with a brand new linking narration by Anneke Wills), 'The Faceless Ones', 'Evil of the Daleks', 'The Abominable Snowmen' and 'The Ice Warriors', all starring Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly enjoyable, 7 Sep 2012
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I have enjoyed listening to most of these stories and been able to imagine what is going on quite readily, but I was very disappointed with The Enemy of the World, which dragged on pointlessly for 6 episodes, just giving Patrick Troughton the chance to play two characters. The inclusion of The Invasion also seemed rather pointless, as it has come out on DVD with animated episodes. On the whole the stories were very good, but there was a tendency to drag things out, such as the leaving of Victoria. On the positive side, Fury from the Deep was much better than I expected from a story about sea weed! At points I was taken back to watching the original transmissions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like Doctor Who? Buy this!, 3 Oct 2012
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Quite simply one of the most amazing things to happen to a Doctor Who fan.

Now we can savour those lost stories for real. Ok, not everything about them is perfect (Enemy does drag), but so what? We can get to relive them!

Love this so much!
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