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on 26 August 2016
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.
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on 25 November 2013
Not for the first time do I wish for a time machine to go back to the moment that the BBC decided to start destroying its archive, and slap the idiot responsible, because what's left of this is something very special.

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.
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on 19 February 2013
N.B. This is a review for the accompanying feature of 'The Crusade'. I plan to review 'The Space Museum' on that serial's DVD page in due course.
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. Barbara gets captured by the Saracen El Akir, and spends most of the serial attempting to escape his clutches and get back to her companions. Ian is knighted as Sir Ian, Knight of Jaffa and embarks on a rescue mission to bring Barbara back from the Saracens' encampment. Meanwhile, The Doctor and Vicki spend their time in the presence of Sir Richard and his sister Joanna, and inevitably get caught up in political intrigue, with some humorous moments along the way regarding Vicki's disguise as a young, adolescent boy. Following this story could become rather complicated if you haven't become familiar with the overall preface of the story, and I personally suggest listening to the television soundtrack (released in 2005 and again in 2010 on Audio CD format, as part of the 'Missing Stories' collection) beforehand in order to acquire more of a back-story to its visual accompaniment.
Overall, this near-completed serial, once thought lost, is a worthy addition to a Whovian's Classic Doctor collection. Please note, however, that this VHS edition of 'The Crusade', with introductory and linking narrative, has subsequently been reformatted onto the 2004 DVD Release of 'Lost in Time: Collection of Rare Episodes'. This leads me to believe that the purchase of the aforementioned 'Lost in Time' DVD is a more practical buy, rather than the VHS release which accompanies 'The Space Museum', (also on Double DVD alongside 'The Chase') on which this review is based.
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on 7 June 2000
I only really discovered Hartnell's Doctor about a year ago when I bought a copy of "The Rescue and the Romans". I enjoyed the Rescue, and tolerated the Romans. I then picked up a copy of 'The War Machines", and was again mildly impressed. But still, my interest was better served by "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" than "Marco Polo."
Until now.
When the first episode, "The Lion", rolls on, you know you're in for something special. By the 1980's, you had to wait 10 minutes into episode 1 before anything happened, sometimes before the Doctor even arrived! But with "the Crusade, we are immediately thrust into 12th Century Palestine, brought to life by the wonderful actors, particularly Julian Glover's distinguished King Richard, and Bernard Kay's wonderful Saladin. Even the missing two episodes are hardly noticed, with the inspired inclusion of the CD. It makes one wonder why the historical adventures are so unpopular.
But then suddenly, the Space Museum. I try to be tolerant of 60's shows, but I have no idea why the production team wanted to do this story. The acting's awful, the plot full of holes you could drive a semi trailer through, and the sets laughable.
So 5 stars for The Crusade, and 2 for The Space Museum.
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on 18 December 2003
This boxset contains a single video containing episodes one and three of The Crusade with William Rusell (Ian Chesterton) commentating linking narration, and The Space Museum in its fullness. Also, with this boxset, there comes four postcards, three of whihc are photographs taken from The Crusade, and one which is taken from The Space Museum, a TARDIS keyring and a CD of the missing episodes two and four of The Crusade are also with this boxset. This is an essential for all fans, since not only is it limited, but contains the newly re-discovered episode one of The Crusade - it's well worth its money!
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on 21 July 2000
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 (Cheers to whoever thought of it). This video shows that acting hasn't changed that much and that period acting in the 1960's was very well coreographed.
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