Doctor Who - Lost in Time Collection of Rare Episodes - The William Hartnell Years and the Patrick Troughton Years
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These episodes offer an enticing glimpse into 'lost' stories that have achieved legendary status. Fans can relish rare appearances of the Daleks, Cybermen and Yeti, and guest star turns by Julian Glover (Indiana Jones) and Michael Gough (Batman). New to video is the recently recovered Episode 2 of The Daleks' Master Plan, which marked the series debut of Nicholas Courtney, who later returned as the Brigadier.
The sad fact faced by all fans of the BBC's long-running science fiction series Doctor Who is that nearly half of the 200+ episodes are considered lost or incomplete due to improper storage. However, episodes and tantalizing glimpses of "orphaned" stories from the reign of the first Doctor, William Hartnell (1963-66) have been culled together from 16 and 35mm prints and restored for this set. The most noteworthy treasure is "Day of Armageddon," the second episode in the epic 12-part story from season 3, "The Daleks' Master Plan," which has been unseen by the public since its initial airing in 1965. Also among the recently recovered is "The Lion," the first episode of season's 2's "The Crusade." The only other surviving episodes from these stories--episodes 5 and 10 from "The Daleks' Master Plan," and episode 3 from "The Crusade" (audio tracks and narrative links for the second and fourth episodes of this story are also included), as well as the sole remaining episode (#4, "The Final Test") from "The Celestial Toymaker" (featuring veteran actor Michael Gough) round out the disc. The DVD extras include fragments from the lost episodes of "The Daleks' Master Plan" and season 4's "The Smugglers" and "The Tenth Planet," all rescued from a variety of far-flung places; also included is commentary by actor Julian Glover for episode 3 of "The Crusade" and actors Peter Purves and Kevin Stoney, along with designer Raymond Cusick for "Day of Armaggedon," and some 8mm off-screen footage from the Hartnell era. Viewers can also access introductions to and an afterword for "The Crusade" (taken from the original VHS release) by accessing the "Play All" option on the main menu.
As with the First Doctor, a number of episodes and stories from Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor tenure (1966-69) are also incomplete or missing altogether, so The Patrick Troughton Years attempts to reconstruct the "orphaned" stories through episodes and clips culled from a variety of sources. For Who historians, the most important footage here is from Troughton's first appearance as the Doctor in season 5's "The Power of the Daleks," which is missing in its entirety; a rough glimpse of the transition from actor William Hartnell to Troughton is included, along with other surviving fragments. The complete episodes offered here are the sole remaining episode from season 4's "The Underwater Menace" (fragments from this story are included in the extras), episodes 2 and 4 from "The Moonbase," which features the return of the Cybermen (audio from episodes 1 and 3 is featured in the extras), episodes 1 and 3 from "The Faceless Ones," and episode 2 from "The Evil of the Daleks" (which includes commentary by actress Deborah Watling, who played the Doctor's companion, Victoria). Disc 2 marks the only episode from the Yetis' debut in "The Abominable Snowmen" (Watling again provides commentary), two episodes from "The Wheel in Space" (with commentary by director Tristan de Vere Cole and story editor Derrick Sherwin) and just one apiece for "The Web of Fear," "The Space Pirates," and "The Enemy of the World." Chief among the extras is the 1998 documentary The Missing Years, which interviews several of the film collectors responsible for rescuing these lost episodes and fragments (the doc has been updated to reflect the 2004 discovery of two William Hartnell episodes); the supplemental features offer fragments and behind-the-scenes footage from "The Macra Terror" (with a rare clip of the monsters), "Fury from the Deep" (which includes a scene reconstruction), "The Highlanders," and the aforementioned stories.
The William Hartnell Years and the Patrick Troughton Years are also available individually. Either scenario is sure to please the die-hard Doctor Who fan. --Paul Gaita
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 8 x 5.75 x 1.25 inches; 9.6 Ounces
- Item model number : 3Videos
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC
- Run time : 7 hours and 14 minutes
- Release date : November 2, 2004
- Actors : William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Nicholas Courtney, Jacqueline Hill
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Peter Bryant
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : BBC Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0002OXVF0
- Writers : David Whitaker, Terry Nation, Dennis Spooner, Brian Hayles, Geoffrey Orme
- Number of discs : 3
- Customer Reviews:
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Stories sampled here are:
#14, The Crusade, both surviving episodes AND sound recordings of the 2 still missing episodes.
#18 (with the bonus material) Galaxy 4, 2 lengthy clips of 2 episodes -- a semi-restored 3 part version is part of the Bonus Material on The Aztecs, so IF you want to get the rest of it, The Aztecs (story 6) is a 2 for 1 bargain there.
#21, The Daleks' Master Plan, the 3 surviving singles of the dozen episodes THERE,
#24, The Celestial Toymaker, 4th & surviving episode of the 4 total,
and short clips from The Savages and The Smugglers in with the bonus material
A longer clip or 2 from #30, The Power Of The Daleks, and a short one from #31, The Highlanders in with the Bonus Material again, and then we get full on into the Patrick Troughton era with:
#32, The Underwater Menace, Episode 3 only BUT: after the discovery of Episode 2, they just did restorations of #1 & 4 and now this story is available to buy IF you want to see more of this story
#33, The Moonbase, similarly to The Crusade the 2 surviving episodes and audio only for the 2 missing are included here, this one was previously restored a while back, so it's an "album" you can get if it's to your liking
Clips from #34 The Macra Terror in with the Bonus Material, then some more "tracks"
#35, The Faceless Ones, the two surviving episodes of this 6-parter,
#36, The Evil of The Daleks, the surviving Episode 2 of this 7-parter and with the Bonus Material some out-takey stuff from what looks to be Episode 7
#38, The Abominable Snowmen. Episode 2 from this 6-parter
#40, The Enemy of the World, Episode 3 and since this release ALL THE REMAINING EPISODES have turned up so THIS "Lost" story is now avaialble in full
#41, The Web Of Fear, Episode 1 and ditto regarding Found Episodes here but in the re-released complete story the still-missing Episode 3 was done as a telesnap restoration
Some out-takey stuff and clips from #42, Fury From The Deep
# 43, The Wheel In Space, surviving episodes 3 & 6 from this 6-parter
# 49, the surviving Episode 2 of the 6-part The Space Pirates.
So this is a way to get sort of a look into 1st/2nd Doctor episodes without having to play DVD Russian Roulette to see if either Wm. Hartnell's 1st Doctor or Pat Troughton's 2nd Doctor and their b/w stories are your cup of tea. (Because SOME of the surviving stories really are for the fanatical fans and completists only...)
In short -- like "Relics", a good buy for a sampler of "The REALLY Old Stuff!"
Again, Dr. Who fans will love this look into the episodes from the early years of Dr Who that were lost through the blithering incompetence of some BBC execs
The Crusade is a bit hard to watch due to 2 of the episodes are "audio track" only and I have not been able to find out what "narrative link" is or how to activate it on the DVD. I do not see it any "narrative link" under the episodes or under the Special Features. It is listed on the back of the DVD and also on the product page so it must be there. If anyone knows how to activate the narrative links, I would appreciate if they let me know. I took off one star because of that. I thought they would also add subtitles for those "audio track only" episodes. There are subtitles for regular episodes but not for audio track only episodes (I guess that's due to including narrative links instead, except that I cannot find the narrative links).
The Dalek Masterplan is also hard to watch because there are missing stories in between the episodes (I am guessing the missing stories are completely lost stories so they don't even exist in any shape or format).
Overall, this is an great product for true Doctor Who fans containing rare episodes and surviving footages. However, keep in mind that due to missing episodes and stories, it feels choppy and there is a lack of completeness to the stories. You will have just to accept these rare episodes for what they are worth.
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There followed decades of trouble and expense--still going on--in a worldwide search for the missing material in basements and back rooms of TV studios and a desperate call for Doctor Who fans to send in what they had recorded illegally off their TV screens. Much was recovered and heroically re-mastered, but much of the First and Second Doctors' material was lost forever. For example, the earliest stories alternated between science-fiction and history, and many of the latter were the best. The BBC was much more at home with Shakespearean rhetoric and historical sets and costumes than it was with aliens and monsters, and the historical tales had a much smaller silliness quotient. Of these, The Aztecs, The Romans, and The Gunfighters survived intact, but The Reign of Terror is available only with animated versions of the 4th and 5th episodes, The Crusade is known only by a few fragments, and the apparently brilliant Marco Polo is entirely lost.
Doctor Who: Lost in Time is a collection of surviving bits and pieces available as a single disc from the William Hartnell years, a two-disc set from the Patrick Troughton years, or all three in a box. As such, it is of great interest to dedicated Whovians, but probably not useful as an introduction for the new or casual viewer. The William Hartnell disc contains surviving episodes from The Crusade, The Dalek's Masterplan, and The Celestial Toymaker, plus a few clips from The Smugglers and The Tenth Planet. The last-named is also available as a complete story, with the missing episodes restored with animation to the surviving entire soundtrack. The story is important because it ends with the first Doctor regeneration scene.
The first Patrick Troughton disc contains Episodes 2 and 4 of The Moonbase--a Cybermen story which has been released separately with animation restoration of Episodes 1 and 3. It also contains one episode of a strange Atlantis story called The Underwater Menace, two episodes of The Faceless Ones, one episode of The Evil of the Daleks--in which the companion Victoria was introduced--plus footage from The Macra Terror, The Highlanders, and The Power of the Daleks.
The second Patrick Troughton disc contains episodes from The Abominable Snowmen and a sequel called The Web of Fear, which has been restored with animation and released on its own. It also contains episodes of The Enemy of the World, in which Troughton plays both hero and villain and which has somehow been completely restored since, The Space Pirates, and The Wheel in Space, another Cybermen story in which companion Zoe is introduced. There are also fragments from Fury of the Deep and a documentary The Missing Years, which contains clips from Galaxy Four and chronicles the discovery of Doctor Who material in such places as the basement of a Mormon Church, local TV stations in Nigeria and Hong Kong, and the Australian Government Censor Office, where particularly horrific scenes were snipped out to protect the delicate sensibilities of Australians and, for some reason, kept.
Here is what you get:
William Hartnell Years 1963 - 1966
* Episodes 1 & 3 of THE CRUSADES
* Episodes 2, 5 & 10 of THE DALEKS MASTER PLAN
* Episode 4 of THE CELESTIAL TOY MAKER
Patrick Troughton Years 1966 - 1969
* Episodes 2 & 4 of MOONBASE
* Episodes 3 & 6 of WHEEL IN SPACE
* Episodes 1 & 3 of THE FACELESS ONES
* Episode 2 of THE EVIL OF THE DALEKS
* Episode 3 of UNDERWATER MENACE
* Episode 2 of THE SPACE PIRATES
* Episode 3 the ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
* Episode 3 of THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD
* Episode 1 of THE WEB OF FEAR
Plus plenty of 15 - 30 second censor reel cuts and a 50 minute documentary on the missing episodes. There is a also audio commentary for some of these episodes such as Episode 2 of The Daleks Master Plan and The Evil Of The Daleks.
FYI: This release was put on in 2003. Since then many classic Doctor Who episodes have been found. In 2013 all 6 episodes of The Enemy Of The World were found and released in DVD. And Episodes 1,2, 4, 5 & 6 of The Web Of Fear. Episode 3 of Galaxy 4 and Episode 2 of Underwater Menace were also found and released. You can get Ep. 3 of Galaxy 4 on the Special Edition of The Aztecs. And Ep. 2 of Underwater Menace on DVD. Be forewarned the UnderWater Menace DVD release has only Episodes 2 & 3 and features no animation of the missing 1 & 4 episodes. Just stills taken from Episodes 2 & 3 put to off air TV recordings. Apparently it was too expensive to animate. The Moonbase DVD release however, does feature animation for the missing episodes 1 and 3.
The Faceless Ones DVD release does have animation for the missing episodes. From the reviews I have read the animation is getting better.
If, however, you know all about how the BBC decided back in the mid 70s that they had too many tapes lying around of the show, and decided to incinerate a bunch to save space, and wish the people doing it had thrown themselves in the incinerator instead, this release is for you.
This is your only chance to catch a glimpse of classic stories we, but for bad luck and bad decision making, might be able to watch in their entireties.
One bad thing, you'll be asking yourself when watching part 3 of The Celestial Toymaker "they junked The Web of Fear and kept this?!"....
There are some really good episodes in this set. Your enjoyment of them will be tempered only by the realization that you'll never get to see what happens next.
Excellent set though. I'd give it 6 stars if that were possible!