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4.6 out of 5 stars

on 3 January 2012
Doctor Who's missing episodes will always be looked at with pain and frustration that we can no longer see these truly epic, emotional and well acted wobbly classics. In this second volume of missing episodes audio soundtracks we will be travelling back to the mid-sixties and some of the truly epic classics of Doctor Who. Here is a rundown of what is included in this collection;

1.The Daleks' Master Plan - 13 Episodes {episodes 2,5 & 10 exist}
2.The Massacre - 4 Episodes - {0 exist}
3.The Celestial Toymaker - 4 Episodes - {episode 4 exists}
4.The Savages - 4 Episodes - {0 exist}

So now thats all cleared up, on with the reviews;

The Daleks' Master Plan - Including the prelude "Mission to the Unknown" episode that was meant as a taster to this epic 5 hour long, 12 episode monster. The Master Plan is no shadow of a doubt an absolute classic in every sense of the meaning, the setting is 4000AD, our Solar System, the Milky Way is under threat from the Daleks {yet again} and their mates, the outer galaxy delagates, including Guardian of the Solar System Mavic Chen. Kevin Stoney the much missed actor who was as iconic to me in Doctor Who as the Brig, Benton and Yates is a treat in this story, this is not his greatest role, that surely you will agree goes to his character of Tobias Vaughn in The Invasion {1968} but nevertheless he is a powerhouse performer in this story and to me is its highlight. William Hartnell is on top form here also, the energy he exudes when acting is ferocious and quite enthralling, also of note should be ultimate Doctor Who face Nic Courtney in his first ever role in Who as SSS agent Bret Vyon. As always Nic puts in his best and shines during the first half of this mommoth journey. The story itself is simple, the Daleks want to dominate the universe and they think they have cracked it now with the use of the Time Destructor, a weapon of infinate power. As ever, the Doctor and co. try to thwart their plans and save the day. They are ultimately successful. But costs are involved.

The story is let down in the middle by the christmas episode "The Feast of Steven" and so it is probably best if you skip this omission and keep up with the main plot. The first ever on screen death of a companion takes place in this story, Katarina, who only appears for a mere 5 episodes sacrifices herself to save the others and so is sucked in to outer space, if you have seen the Loose Cannon Reconstruction of this serial, you will know how graphic the scene is. Jean Marsh makes her Doctor Who debut in this serial as SSS agent Sara Kingdom, Bret's sister no less and once she is finished killing poor old Bret for aiding the travellers she promptly joins them in the next episode.

All in all this is a great story, I wont give to much of the plot away, find that out for yourselves by getting this serial via CD or recons.com, Great serial 10/10

The Massacre of St Bartholomews Eve - Not a classic but enjoyable nonetheless and quite violent in parts, not for the kiddies this one. The overall theme is graphic and full of blood and tears, the ending is emotional and I wish that episode 4 still existed, but hey, what can you do but wait 50 years until it is found under a sofa. As with Marco Polo, I never really gave this story the time of day until recently when I have been watching all the classic serials in order of transmition. When I sat down to watch this it was with some reluctance I'll admit, I was not sure what to expect from The Massacre but after watching all 4 episodes, I was quite pleased with it, It is slow but all early historicals are, so I couldn't not like it for that reason, anyways, I quite enjoyed it afterall and will certainly look foward to watching it in the future, whenever that may be. 8/10.

The Celestial Toymaker - EXCELLENT, PURE POETRY DEAR BOY!!!. This is most probably in my top 3 Hartnell serials, The Toymaker from Brian Hayles is a masterpiece and I love every bit of it, I can only hope and pray that episodes 1,2,3 are found before I die as this is the pinnacle for me of Doctor Who's creativity and scope. I first heard this story via a BBC CD release that was a few years old, then I got my hands on a Loose Cannon Reconstruction and instantly fell in love with it, Michael Gough as the Toymaker is probably the greatest casting Who has ever performed. He exudes power and menace that other actors can't even think of, everything is perfect about this story, exept that its missing its first, second and third episodes, but the 4th exists and is by far the best of the bunch, thank the lord it still exists and has been remastered and released in the BBC DVD Lost in Time box set. I really can't recommend this story enough and I believe that it stands as one of the greatest pieces of television ever made!!! 100/100.

The Savages - Ian Stuart Black's first story of his eventual trilogy is The Savages and whilst the overall thinking was good, the result was bog standard, I used to like this story very much, until I got the Loose Cannon Reconstruction of it and actually saw it for what it was, now its sort of like Tom Baker's later years to me, good but not fantastic. It is just so standard, the plot, acting and ending is pure textbook, nothing new and exciting and far from a classic. Only listen to this serial if like me you are going through them all in order or you are a fan of this serial, then go ahead and enjoy. For me though, the Savages is a disapointment on so many levels. It should have been much better, Ian Stuart Black returned to write two beautiful classics "The War Machines" and "The Macra Terror", this story however, I will overlook coming from the great pen of Black. 5/10.

And so thats it, Volume 2 has been reviewed, I will just finish up by saying that the value of this release astounds me, you would have been paying nearly £15-20 a few years ago for just 1 CD. The quality of the sound recordings is fantastic and Mark Ayres has yet again done a brilliant job in bringing these classics back from the dead.

10/10 from me, Many thanks for your time.

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on 9 May 2013
Travel back to the early days of Doctor Who with these four adventures starring William Hartnell as the first Doctor - plus a bonus programme. Absent from the television archives, each of these stories survives only as a soundtrack recording. Now remastered, with additional linking narration, you can enjoy the adventures once more - and learn what happened to the missing episodes with a special bonus disc. "'The Daleks' Master Plan" (13 episodes, first broadcast October 1965-January 1966): The Daleks have stolen the Time Destructor, and are threatening to destroy the fabric of Time itself. In a bid to stop them, the Doctor steals the taranium core which powers the weapon. Pursued across Time and Space, the TARDIS crew are in grave danger..."The Massacre" (4 episodes, first broadcast February 1966): The TARDIS materialises in Paris in 1572, a time of great danger and religious strife. When Steven witnesses the execution of a man who uncannily resembles the Doctor, he is horrified. Can the Doctor really have been killed in front of his eyes? "The Celestial Toymaker" (4 episodes, first broadcast April 1966): The travellers arrive in the dangerous domain of the Toymaker, where their failure to win at a series of games could result in them becoming his playthings for eternity. "The Savages" (4 episodes, first broadcast May-June 1966): The TARDIS has arrived on a distant and seemingly idyllic world, but the Doctor, Steven and Dodo discover that it hides a terrible secret..."Doctor Who - The Lost Episodes" (First broadcast December 2009): What happened to the 108 missing episodes of "Doctor Who" from the 1960s? Shaun Ley investigates in this edition of "Archive on 4", plus: linking narration by Peter Purves; bonus interviews with Peter Purves; and, high quality scans, presented as PDF files, of the original BBC TV camera scripts
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on 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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on 7 August 2012
This box set includes

The Daleks Master Plan (including Mission to the Unknown)
The Massacre
The Celestial Toymaker
The Savages

All of these are brilliant stories, with engaging plots. The quality is very good, and the narriation is exellent. It dosen't narrate too much making it feel nitty-gritty, it narrates exactly what you need filling in, and no more.As well as the stories there is a documentary and aome interviews. At first you may think it's a rip-off price, but if u think about it your getting each story for about £10, plus extras. So it's defintley worth the price. I would defintley reccomend these stories to any Doctor Who fan.
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on 13 April 2016
As the individual audio CDs of the missing/wiped episodes become harder to find, this series (up to and including box set 5) is ideal to complete a collection of the classic productions.
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on 3 February 2011
As far as content goes, it's great to see the lost tv episodes compiled like this, but I have two big problems with this particular collection.

1. I've checked every disc and the PDFs of the production scripts are nowhere to be found. If someone knows where they are please help me. If not, I hope BBC Audiobooks makes them available for download to rectify this.

2. I really wish The Smugglers was included so the lost episodes from Hartnell years would be completely captured on these two collections.

That being said, I hope BBC Audiobooks continues the series though the Troughton years.
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on 9 March 2011
Really enjoy having the opportunity to remember the episodes that I last watched from behind the sofa when I was 6. I'm so glad that they haven't been lost entirely.
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on 7 January 2016
Just a supurb collection that works very well in this format. A shame that they are lost
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on 8 February 2011
Like the episodes on these discs the PDF scripts are missing from this set. Perhaps the BBC will release them in a boxset in forty years time!
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on 1 June 2011
No idea why people seem to think the PDFs are missing. They are in their own folder on the first disc of The Daleks' Master Plan precisely where the included booklet says they are. The set is excellent as are most AudioGO recordings although this is the second set I had to have as the first one was damaged with a torn box and broken CD case but still sealed up so must have been broken by AudioGO but they still just sent it out anyway. For this reason it loses a star rating.
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