Doctor Who - The Crusade / Space Museum [VHS] 
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A double bill of early adventures for the irascible time traveller. In 'The Crusade', the Doctor (William Hartnell), Ian, Barbara and Vicki become embroiled in the political machinations of King Richard the Lionheart after landing in 12th century Palestine. Only episodes 1 and 3 of this story still exist in the BBC archives, so the gaps are filled in by the Doctor's companion, Ian Chesterton (William Russell). 'The Space Museum' sees the TARDIS crew jumping a time track, only to discover that their future selves have been caught and displayed as exhibits in the museum of the evil Moroks. Can they avert this course of events when time shifts back to normal, or are they destined to be trapped forever? Also included is a CD with the soundtrack to the missing episodes of 'The Crusade', plus a limited edition TARDIS keyring and postcards.
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The missing sections are narrated by a much older Ian Chesterton, who has clearly done quite well for himself, maybe he went into the Ministry of Education and the room he's in is on Whitehall.
I'm not sure if this is Who masquerading as quality drama, or quality drama on Dr Who, but it's certainly of a far higher callibre than either (previous story) The Web Planet or (following story) The Space Museum, and with some of the iambic pentameter dialogue it could even be attempting to plug the gap in the Shakespearean canon that occurs just before King John, with Julian Glover being magnificently RSC as King Richard, and Jean Marsh supplying fiery resistance as his sister Joanna.
Unlike some of the historicals it's not funny, and this is a big plus. There is a basic level of seriousness even to the rascally Ben Daheer.
But it would be much easier to write about if there were more of it. Animate episodes two and four, please.
During William Hartnell's tenure as the First Doctor, the most notable occurrence was the rotating historical serials to balance out the more science-engrossed space adventures on distant planets, with extraordinary alien species. For me, the early historical serials are the best thing about early 'Who' (apart from the Daleks, that is!), but unfortunately 'The Crusade' is one of those stories that is incomplete following the 1970s' purge of the BBC Archives. Two out of the original four episodes have been found following the 'purge', and all audio soundtracks of the missing episodes have been found and restored to a higher quality.
Following the restoration team's fantastic skills at cleaning up these forgotten episodes, they can now be shown to us; the eager fans, who have waited such a long time to actually experience this serial visually, in stead of settling for the television soundtrack Audio CD with linking narration (which is also a very good accompaniment to your collection!). This particular release includes the newly discovered Episodes 1 and 3 along with an Audio CD of the linking episodes 2 and 4. Also, William Russell provides a specially made introduction and linking notes in character as Ian Chesterson, who is one of the integral characters of this particular story. This summarisation is a great addition, making the serial easier to understand when the audio itself doesn't provide a lot of informative context.
The story itself, as the title suggests, concerns the events of the Third Crusade, in which Richard the Lionheart and his Christian followers, is in the midst of a holy war with Saladin and his Muslim army.Read more ›
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I have some of this on a dvd I had to cancel this because I did not realize this was a vhs and I don't have a video recorder to play this on I am sorry.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This box set illustrates what was so thrilling about Doctor Who back when it was first broadcast. The inclusion of the CD audio of the missing twoi episodes was a brilient idea... Read morePublished on 21 July 2000