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4.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Troughton and the Space Pirates, 31 Jan 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who: the Space Pirates (Audio CD)
1969's The Space Pirates has the distinction of being one of the poorest Patrick Troughton serials, but I must admit, although I was not totally looking foward to watching this story, I quite enjoyed it when I sat down one evening and viewed the whole thing in one fell swoop. I can't quite understand why this story is so slated as the acting is to a very high standard and the production values are not that bad for a story that was produced on less than 20,000. I can think of worst Patrick Troughton serials {The Dominators for instance}, so to judge The Space Pirates quite so harshly is beyond me.

Anywho, now that I have cleared that up, I would like to review why I think that this serial is in effect quite entertaining. We have some fantastic quest cast in this story such as: Gordon Gostelow as Milo Clancey, Jack May as General Hermack, Donald Gee as Major Ian Warne, Dudley Foster as the villianous Cavern and Lisa Daniely as Madeleine Issigri. Throw in Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury and what you have is pretty much the perfect cast for this type of serial. As well as the great cast and production values, we have fantastic incidental music by Dudley Simpson. His use of female voices, as in The Ice Warriors, makes for an effective and chilling soundtrack.

Great direction comes from Michael Hart as he uses the maximum amount of space available to him, on top of this we have some truly space age model filming and fantastic camerawork on the surviving episode 2. This is Robert Holmes second storyline that he had submitted to the Doctor Who production team after the success he had on The Krotons. As with The Krotons though, The Space Pirates will never be high up on anyone's greatest stories list but still I think he does a good job here.

One thing I must point out though is although Mark Ayres has done a brilliant job in restoring this lost story, it does suffer from poor audio quality recordings, this is probably the worst story for which audio recordings have been sourced. I suppose the recordings must have been done by somebody using a microphone pointed at the tele instead of the more quality orientated way of wiring the mic straight into the speaker cables, this gives a much improved audio quality. Just a shame that nobody except one man, taped visually the story, ironically, the only episode of Doctor Who that was recorded in the 1960's off-air, is of an episode that sadly exists. So, no hope there then.

Overall, I would have to rate The Space Pirates as a first class space opera, a story that shares some familiarity with Star Wars, it was just made about 8 years earlier. I hope that when this serial is released on the Lost TV Episodes Collection - Volume 5, better audio recordings have been located. That way it should ensure that The Space Pirates is fully enjoyed in all its soundtrack glory.

Highly recommended,

Many thanks for your time in reading my review, its greatly appreciated.

M.B.
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Initial post: 18 Sep 2012 23:44:41 BDT
Glenn Cook says:
A good review which I enjoyed reading.
But did you know you have wriiten you 'watched' this audion release in one sitting?
I know exactly what you mean but there are some people out there that will give you a negative help for just one slip.
Maybe you need to edit it to listened in one sitting?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2013 05:27:10 GMT
Sorry, quite right. I've never really bothered watching the 6 16mm film copies that I have of this story. Works much better on audio.

Many thanks!

;}

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2013 00:35:54 GMT
Glenn Cook says:
hey- strange coinsidence or what?
I have all the Marco Polo shows on 16mm too.
It was still a good review.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2013 04:55:07 GMT
No, are you sure it's not on 8mm, it was you I was reading about in the Daily Mail wasn't it???

Good show, can I have a copy... pretty please...

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2013 12:08:57 GMT
Glenn Cook says:
pretty please with a cherry on the top- how about The Crusade thrown in for good luck?

A BIT GRAINY. But I filmed it direct from my 9 inch redifusion TV.

Yours in jest
Glenn
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