01/04/2012. Contributed by Sue Davies
pub: Audio Go/BBC. 12 CDs 715 minute story. Price: CD: GBP70.00 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-40846-754-1). cast: Patrick Troughton, Anneke Wills and Fraser Hines.
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If you’ve got a lot of long car journeys for some uninterrupted audio adventures then why not try ‘Doctor Who: Lost Stories Collection 4 1967’. I probably saw many of these episodes in 1967 but sadly none of these survive in their complete video form. There are some odd episodes which you can get in BBC TV’s ‘Lost In Time’ but included here are five stories from the Second Doctor era. They have complete linking narration read by Anneke Wills (Polly) and Fraser Hines (Jamie).
The Macra Terror
All the original videos are missing so this only exists in this audio form. As the story is set in a barren holiday camp which is controlled by giant crabs this might actually be a blessing.
A ponderous plot involving Scottish dancing (oh yes, I’m looking at you, Jamie) and I have a feeling today’s fans would be calling it crab sandwich filler.
The Faceless Ones
Episodes 1 and 3 exist on video and with the exotic setting of Heathrow Airport and mostly studio bound you won’t need much imagination for this as everyone looks human for most of the time.
I liked the inventive plot and replacing humans with aliens, it’s a nightmare inducing premise that would have me behind the sofa. Definitely influenced by ‘The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers’, this is quirky and original in its use of the idea and having seen part of the original I think it sounds better than it looks.
Students, beware handing over your documents to dodgy travel companies at Heathrow!
The Evil Of The Daleks
Our Doctor gets a chance to meet up with the Daleks both home and away on Skaro and also gets a new companion. There is a lot going on here with a considerable amount of time wasting. It livens up on Skaro but there is a lot of time spent in corridors. There are Daleks that sound too much like Zippy from Rainbow when they are ‘playing’ and some horrendous overacting. The new companion is Victoria, more of a hitchhiker as she can’t be left on Skaro and they can’t get her home, she’s also a bit screamy.
The Abominable Snowmen
They’re not really snowmen and yes, it’s the arrival of the lovely fur coat (non-pc) and the yeti!
Set in the wastes of the Himalayas this six-part adventures which has only one remaining on film feels like it could be wrapped up a lot quicker. There is so much coming and going and general busy-ness that my mind wondered off into the snowy wastes long before it was over.
The Ice Warriors
The Doctor gets to wear his coat again as he encounters a glacier, a couple of mad scientists and some scary Ice Warriors.
This is quite a dynamic story with some interesting dilemmas posed by the use of a self-aware computer and dramatic global cooling.
I’m not a massive fan of the Ice Warriors but this is interesting because they are set to make a come-back in the next series of Doctor Who. They were popular in the 60s but presumably the new make-up will be cuddlier. Hopefully, they will get Nicolas Briggs to do the voices because he is a really ‘cool’ ice warrior.
The original Ice Warrior voices are quite good but after a few years of listening to Big Finish, I find Briggs’ more compelling.
Although this is billed as a lost story, there are four out of 6 episodes available on film.
Also as a side note, there don’t appear to be any lady Ice Warriors.
‘The Boxed Set of Doctor Who: The Lost Stories 4 (1967)’ includes a bonus disc of interviews with Anneke Wills and Frazer Hines. Anneke Wills has some great anecdotes which are always fun to listen to. Frazer Hines also gets into his ‘Jamie-isms’.
If you are a completest and into the history the set includes complete PDF copies of the original scripts complete with scribbled production notes. It isn’t only a script but a complete running order and fascinating stuff.
It’s a wistful reminder of a more innocent world where entertainment was provided on a Saturday night and binned on the Sunday morning.
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