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Doctor Who: Galaxy 4 Audio CD – Audiobook, 5 Jun 2000

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks (5 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563477008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563477006
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The magic of this story is really brought out by the linking narration by Peter Purves. His commentary is so good, that you hardly notice that he's there - his words blend with the action perfectly. Doctor Who fans should definitely buy this CD - I have been a fan of the series for 14 years now, and often this story was paled into insignificance - and unjustly so. It really is a classic, and once fans re-watch the clip of Galaxy 4 on the Ice Warriors Special video, listeners will visualise the story excellently. This, along with the Web Of Fear is one of the best BBC audios available. Buy it!
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Galaxy 4 proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that beauty is definitely not in the eye of the beholder! It is a classic case of looking beneath the surface to see the reality of a situation. Having landed on a desolate planet, the Doctor and his companions Vicki and Steven are drawn into a conflict between the gorgeous Drahvins, headed by the glamorous Maaga, and the hideous Rills,who hide themselves away in their crashed spaceship and whose only contact with the outside is through their servants, the "Chumblies". Of course, as in classic WHO style, the Doctor's innate sense of morality allows him to work out the goodies from the baddies. This is one of a series of Missing Stories, which the BBC is reviving albeit on CD format, and for the most part this current release works well. The studio-bound nature of the story adds clarity and tautness to the sound quality, whilst the effects - especially those of the "Chumblies" - contribute humour and personality to the otherwise characterless robots. Peter Purves does a most effective job of linking the action to the dialogue, particularly in scenes where "his" character - Steven Taylor - is involved. Whilst, it must be said, the story is relatively straightforward, it does represent in audio form the kind of aspiration Doctor Who was attempting to achieve in its' magical early years. A highly recommended disc.
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Season Three of Doctor Who's long history is sadly full of incomplete or missing serials altogether. Galaxy 4 is the opening story of this season and is nothing special in terms of the existence of its episodes. Six minutes of footage exists from the first episode, "FOUR HUNDRED DAWNS", and last November it was announced that Episode 3 "AIR LOCK" had been found in its entirety (bar 20 seconds of footage missing from the end). The Other 2 Episodes, "TRAP OF STEEL" & "THE EXPLODING PLANET" have no footage known to exist. So as you can see, although the serial is quite well represented with existing 16mm film (which is more than can be said for some serials!) it still feels like a very incomplete serial, which it is, and that is where this CD comes in. As i'm sure anyone reading this knows every single missing doctor who episode is represented in terms of audio recordings, which means Galaxy 4 can be released in its "AUDIO" entirety, using remastered soundtracks for "FOUR HUNDRED DAWNS, TRAP OF STEEL, AIR LOCK & THE EXPLODING PLANET". Naturally as it was originally a television serial there are certain aspects of it which are lost with audio only which is why the CD is narrated throughout by Peter Purves who plays Steven in the show. This is an essential part of these CDs because it enlightens you as to everything that is going on but which you cannot see. You are never left wondering, "what was that noise?", "Who dropped that?", "What was that random sound effect?" etc. Although you do miss certain "details"because of the narration for example you never get to fully appreciate the incidental music (which is fantastic in this serial), because it is nearly always spoken over.Read more ›
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I can't really add much to the other reviews except to praise the late Stephanie Bidmead. Having seen her Madam Devolio character in "Adam Adamant Lives" I was aware that she made a good villain, but I wasn't prepared for just how good she is in this. There's a melancholy malevolence about her performance that makes Maaga an unforgettable villain. She is also one of the most understandable in terms of motivation and character. The Drahvin culture explains her attitude and is neatly summed up in the discussion during "Airlock", her situation explains her actions, and Bidmead's intonation gives a real depth to her personality. It's even possible to empathise with her as she laments not being listened to by her superiors, an empathy which softens the listener up nicely for the chilling last few lines of her monologue. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long to see this moment on DVD.
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'Galaxy 4' is one of those lost Doctor Who serials that you just want to shout about! Because of the BBC's archive junking policy initiated in the 1970s, the entirety of this serial has never been recovered. Recently, Episode 3, 'Airlock' was returned to the archives (which can be viewed as an extra on the special edition DVD Release of 'The Aztecs'), which exerts a tiny bit of hope for the remaining three episodes; but for the moment, the Doctor Who fan-base has to make do with the recorded original television soundtrack in order to experience the story (alternatively, the novelisation by William Emms is also available).
This Season 3 opener was broadcast after a brief summer hiatus between the months of September and October in 1965. This was one of the show's serials that intended to have more a science-fiction element, as opposed to the alternating historical serials of the time. The story involved the First Doctor (William Hartnell), Vicki and Steven landing on an unnamed planet within Galaxy 4, and being drawn into a conflict between the beautifully cloned Drahvins and the ugly-termed Rills with their helper robots, the Chumblies, as aptly named by Vicki. A story of skin-deep beauty unfolds, in which it turns out that the Drahvin leader Maaga, is in fact a member of a malevolent race of women, who have a rather Nazi-fascist social system. It is the Rills, as a race of telepaths and being a non near-human species, that are regarded as 'ugly' by Maaga, and thus require help from the Doctor and his companions in order to repair their ship before the planet starts to break apart.
The whole story has a moral message in that 'beauty is only skin-deep and you should never judge by appearance alone'.
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