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Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes: Collection 1: 1964-1965 Audio CD – Audiobook, Box set

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John Lucarotti first wrote about Marco Polo when he scripted an eighteen-part radio series about him for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. When he was approached to write for Doctor Who, he remembered this CBC series and chose the medieval explorer as his subject. He contributed two more scripts for the series - The Aztecs and The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve - and wrote the novelisations of all his scripts for Target books. He died in Paris on 20 November 1994, aged 68. Dennis Spooner was script editor of Doctor Who during the William Hartnell era, and wrote several stories for the show, including The Reign of Terror and The Romans. He also wrote for the Gerry Anderson series' Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray and Thunderbirds, and co-created five espionage series' including Man in a Suitcase, Department S and The Adventurer. Spooner also created the cult detective series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). He died in September 1986. David Whitaker was the first Story Editor for Doctor Who, and was responsible for finding and commissioning writers, and it was Whitaker as much as anyone who defined the narrative shape of Doctor Who. He wrote for the Doctor Who annuals, novelised the first Dalek story and worked with Terry Nation on various Dalek-related material including the hugely successful comic strip The Daleks. David Whitaker died in 1980. William Emms was a scriptwriter who wrote for a variety of television programmes including The Revenue Men, Callan, Ace of Wands, Z Cars and Crossroads. In 1965, he wrote Galaxy 4, the first serial in the third season of Doctor Who. It was broadcast in four weekly parts from 11 September to 2 October. Emms wrote several further scripts for Doctor Who, but they were not commissioned. However, in 1985 his novelisation of Galaxy 4 was published as a Target book, and the following year, he wrote a novel in the Make Your Own Adventure with Doctor Who range of children's gamebooks, entitled Mission to Venus. He died in 1993. Donald Cotton contributed two scripts to Doctor Who: The Myth Makers and The Gunfighters. After helping to develop the BBC series Adam Adamant Lives!, he decided to concentrate on theatre, and was a successful playwright and actor throughout the Sixties and Seventies. He retired from acting in 1981, but continued his writing career into the Eighties. He novelised his Doctor Who scripts for Target books, as well as Dennis Spooner's The Romans. Donald Cotton died in January 2000.

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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who
  • Audio CD: 12 pages
  • Publisher: AudioGO Ltd.; Original edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408467518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408467510
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 5 x 2.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Audio CD
During the 1970s, the BBC implemented its mass purging policy of old videotapes in order to make room in their stock offices. This meant that a lot of the Doctor Who serials concerning the first, second and even third doctors were erased from the system. Now that Doctor Who has grown so immense in popularity, this is something that the BBC is attempting to rectify, by leading investigations into finding lost episodes from outside sources, such as film collectors or foreign television broadcasters. The purging was before the notion of home media took effect, and subsequently television producers realised that there was a lot of money to be made in this mass home media distribution in the form of LPs, beta-max/VHS and, most recently DVD.
A lot of Doctor Who fans have searched high and low for odd copies of these missing episodes and there have been some surprising discoveries. However, at this moment, all that remains of these serials are the original television soundtracks in audio form, which were lovingly recorded by fans at the time of broadcast with the use of sound-capturing devices. These were sent to the BBC and through digital clean-up and remastering, were released as individual audio-book titles, with linking narration by original cast members, in order to bridge the gap between these lost stories. All of these titles have been previously released individually, some as part of the 'BBC Radio Collection' and others as part of the current 'BBC Audio' imprint, with the latter including bonus interviews with the cast members of the particular serials they were a part of.
This first-volume box-set incorporates the first five lost TV Episodes that were previously released individually.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann E. Nichols on December 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I was a fan of the Tom Baker DOCTOR WHO and I've watched the most recent Doctors, but never had much interest in Doctors one through three. I discovered my local library had considerably added to the DOCTOR WHO titles in their audio section, so I thought I'd check this one out. I spent much of my time during "Marco Polo" wishing someone would slap some sense into Polo. The mysterious cave in that storyline was a good bit. "The Reign of Terror" had so many escapes and recaptures going on that I could feel sorry for the original viewers having to wait from week to week. (Personally, I thought the Doctor was being such an arrogant twit that he deserved everything bad that happened to him.) By "The Crusade" I was actually caring about what happened to the characters even while I was contrasting the show's portrayal of Richard the Lionhearted with what I'd learned after I graduated from college. "Galaxy 4" is the only storyline that is set on another planet instead of in the past. I had my own guess about what the Rills would turn out to be, but I was wrong. It's always fun when a thorough-going fictional rotter gets a well-deserved fate, so the end to "Galaxy 4" had me smirking. My favorite storyline was "The Mythmakers," which kept me chuckling. I dare say that its portrayal of some of the main characters from the Trojan war as upperclass twits, as well as Odysseus as a boor with no class whatsoever, had poor Homer turning in his grave. Loved the opening trash-talking battle between Achilles and Hector! The show came up with a very credible reason why Cassandra wasn't believed that didn't involve any curses. I found myself regretting that the video had been lost well before I was finished listening to this set.

The interviews weren't bad, either. It was interesting to hear the actors' take on the characters they portrayed, not to mention the less-than-ideal conditions under which the show was produced. I'm very glad I decided to check this collection out.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Metz on December 25, 2011
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odd to "hear", and not see Doctor Who, but it's great - you can tell this is British entertainment - the dialogues are so well written, it actually works almost as well in audio as in TV format... couldn't bring myself to buy the other two boxes out there - they are somewhat pricey, after all - but I will probably, at some point...
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sam mcginnis on May 28, 2011
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this is a vary good set. some of the CDs are hard to find for a good price. so this is a good was to git some vary good first doctor stores that may never be on DVD.
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By MAUREEN ANN JASMIN on November 3, 2014
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