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Doctor Who: Galaxy 4 (BBC TV Soundtrack) Audio CD – Audiobook, June, 2001

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audio (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563477008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563477006
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,016,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. B. Killings on March 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Galaxy Four is one of those reasons I periodically curse the BBC.
I first heard the audio track of this story back in the late 80's, when audios of the missing stories first started surfacing in fan circles. The Galaxy Four copy I managed to get was rather hard to listen to and prone to distortion, as much due to the poor general quality of the recording as the fact that it was an nth generation copy from the original. The story was difficult to follow; there were large spaces devoid of conversation (with only the odd sound and the even odder strange electronic noise to punctuate it), and even with conversations there was only so much one could understand without having to resort to visual representation of some kind. Yet, somehow, through all the hissing, static, and ambiguity, it became obvious that a fairly interesting and quick-paced story was there lurking frustratingly just out of reach. Listening to the soundtrack alone was giving it inadequate justice.
Now, more than ten years later and some thirty-five years since its initial broadcast (and twenty-three years after it was wiped from the Archives), the BBC Radio Collection has issued a two CD set of the audio portion of this story, complete with linking material by Peter Purves (who played Steven Taylor in the original). Aside from the tantalizing snippet from episode one that has come down to us, this is likely to be the closest any of us will ever come to the original story in all its glory.
Galaxy Four is one of those tales that is actually pretty simple and straight-forward, unfettered with needless subplots and complications. So much so, as a matter of fact, that I suspect in a later era it would have been a three- or even two-parter.
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When the (first) Doctor, Vicki and Steven Taylor arrive on a seemingly lifeless planet, they are surprised to be taken prisoner by a robot. Stranger things happen when the trio is rescued by a pair of beautiful, if unintelligent female warriors. The women are led by a woman named Maaga who explain that there are two spaceships stranded on this dying planet, and that the others are the ugly and evil Rills. However, things are not always what they appear, and when the Doctor starts to get to the bottom of things, he finds that in this case looks are definitely deceiving.

Overall, I really enjoyed hearing this “missing episode.” You see, this episode originally aired in 1965, but was later destroyed by the BBC, so it is gone, never to be seen again. This audiobook contains the soundtrack of the original episode, with linking narration, to make it an enjoyable listening experience.

So, I must say that I think that this is a smashing listening experience, and I do not hesitate to recommend it to all my fellow Who-ites!
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The BBC, in the days before home video, decided that some of its programs were no longer required in its archives. In a somewhat unsystematic purging, many classics were consigned to the flames, including several Doctor Who stories. Fortunately, some fans of the series had made their own audio recordings, and these (following a thorough re-mastering by the BBC) are being released.
'Galaxy 4' is one of these releases. The first story of Doctor Who's third season, it is largely a parable of not judging by appearances. The TARDIS lands on a desert planet, and the crew are almost immediately captured by a robot called, by Vicki, a Chumbly. They are rescued but captured by the beautiful Drahvins, a race of female clones.
The planet has "four hundred dawns" before it explodes. The Drahvins demand the aid of the TARDIS crew in eliminating their foes, the Rills, and capturing the Rills' functioning spaceship. The Rills are hidden in their spaceship while their robots, the Chumblies, carry out their work. The Drahvins say they are hideous.
Captured by one side or the other of the conflict at various points, the Doctor and his companions discover that the "four hundred dawn" estimate is vastly overstated...
In some respects, 'Galaxy 4' is an odd choice to release on CD. The comparison of the physical appearance of the Drahvins and the Rills is not possible, and indeed the Rills are largely undescribed. The linking narrative, read by Peter Purves who plays the Doctor's companion Steven, does its job and listeners should have no problem in following the fairly simple story. However, it is neither important to the series as a whole or a particularly outstanding example of Doctor Who in 1965, so probably one for the Doctor Who fans rather than the casual listener.
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'Galaxy 4' is one of those lost Doctor Who serials that you just want to shout about! Because of the BBC's archive junking policy initiated in the 1970s, the entirety of this serial has never been recovered. Recently, Episode 3, 'Airlock' was returned to the archives (which can be viewed as an extra on the special edition DVD Release of 'The Aztecs'), which exerts a tiny bit of hope for the remaining three episodes; but for the moment, the Doctor Who fan-base has to make do with the recorded original television soundtrack in order to experience the story (alternatively, the novelisation by William Emms is also available).
This Season 3 opener was broadcast after a brief summer hiatus between the months of September and October in 1965. This was one of the show's serials that intended to have more a science-fiction element, as opposed to the alternating historical serials of the time. The story involved the First Doctor (William Hartnell), Vicki and Steven landing on an unnamed planet within Galaxy 4, and being drawn into a conflict between the beautifully cloned Drahvins and the ugly-termed Rills with their helper robots, the Chumblies, as aptly named by Vicki. A story of skin-deep beauty unfolds, in which it turns out that the Drahvin leader Maaga, is in fact a member of a malevolent race of women, who have a rather Nazi-fascist social system. It is the Rills, as a race of telepaths and being a non near-human species, that are regarded as 'ugly' by Maaga, and thus require help from the Doctor and his companions in order to repair their ship before the planet starts to break apart.
The whole story has a moral message in that 'beauty is only skin-deep and you should never judge by appearance alone'.
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