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DOCTOR WHO – LOST IN TIME – COLLECTION OF RARE EPISODES

The set consists of a cardboard box cover containing two of the standard plastic clamshell DVD cases. 

The first case is subtitled on the bottom with “The William Hartnell Years 1963-1966”, and contains one disc inside with 6 William Hartnell

era episodes on it and related clips and extras. 

The second case is subtitled on the bottom with “The Patrick Troughton Years 1966-1969,” and contains two discs inside with 12 Patrick

Troughton era episodes spread across them, as well as The Missing Years documentary and other related clips and extras. 

 

Contents of The William Hartnell Years disc:

 

from Serial P,  Episode Nos. 64, 65 (audio only), 66, and 67 (audio only).  Title: The Crusade

 

The TARDIS arrives in 12th century Palestine and the crew are immediately embroiled in the politics of King Richard's Crusade when Barbara is kidnapped by Saracens during an attack on Richard.  While the Doctor, Ian, and Vicki try to gain the petulant Richard's favor for his assistance, Barbara becomes a target for revenge after she embarasses the Saracen Emir El Akir before the court of Saladin...

 

starring William Hartnell as Dr. Who, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, and Maureen O'Brien as Vicki. 

Written by David Whitaker, Produced by Verity Lambert, Directed by Douglas Camfield.

Originally transmitted from 27 March 1965 to 17 April 1965 on BBC1.

 

from Serial V,  Episode Nos. 92, 95, and 100.  The Daleks' Master Plan – Episode 2 (Day of Armageddon),  Episode 5 (Counter Plot),

 and Episode 10 (Escape Switch)

 

These are the three surviving episodes from this 12-part Dalek epic.  Episode 2 was recovered only in January of 2004.  In it, the Doctor, Steven, Katarina,

and Bret Vyon must survive the jungles of the planet Kembel and infiltrate a council of war between the Daleks and their alien allies, including the arch-traitor

Mavic Chen, Guardian of the Solar System.  In the fifth episode, the Doctor and Steven try to escape the security forces of Mavic Chen and later, the Daleks

themselves, and are accidentally teleported to the swamp-like planet Mira.  In the tenth episode, the pursuit has continued into the past, to ancient Egypt, and

the Doctor's old enemy, the Meddling Monk, has become involved. 

 

starring William Hartnell as Dr. Who, Peter Purves as Steven Taylor, Adrienne Hill as Katarina, and Jean Marsh as Sara Kingdom.

Episodes 2 and 5 written by Terry Nation.  Episode 10 written by Dennis Spooner from an idea by Terry Nation. 

Produced by John Wiles, and Directed by Douglas Camfield.
Originally transmitted on 20 November 1965, 11 December 1965 and 15 January 1965 on BBC1.

 

from Serial Y, Episode No. 114.     The Celestial Toymaker – Episode 4 (The Final Test)

This is the only surviving episode from this four-part story.  In it, the Doctor, Dodo, and Steven must each attempt to win the last of the deadly

games set to them by the omnipotent, immortal Celestial Toymaker.

starring William Hartnell as Dr. Who, Peter Purves as Steven Taylor, and Jackie Lane as Dodo Chaplet.

Written by Brian Hayles, Produced by Innes Lloyd, and Directed by Bill Sellars. 

Originally transmitted on 23 April 1966 on BBC1.

 

DVD features:

- All of the episodes have been given the full restoration treatment, including VidFIRE video-look processing, except The Crusade episode 1, which

didn’t get the VidFIRE for technical reasons.  The restoration looks tremendous!

- A “Play All” feature that plays all of the episodes in chronological order, including the audio-only episodes of The Crusade.  Also, by selecting

this feature to view the episodes, you see the linking narration that William Russell recorded in 1999 in character as Ian for the VHS release of

The Crusade.  His links appear just before the start of episode 1, just before the start of episode 2, and just before the start of episode 4.

- An “Episode Selection” feature spread across two pages, allowing you to pick and choose an individual episode.  If you use this option to watch

a Crusade episode, you will not see the William Russell links.  Rather than say “episode 1,” etc. on them they give the names of the individual episodes,

but if you don’t know that The Wheel of Fortune  is episode 3 of The Crusade, you’ll be OK as the listing is in chronological order. 

- A “Subtitles” option, allowing you to turn on or off the subtitle captions for the hearing impared.

- A “Commentary” option.  Selecting this turns on the second audio channel on the episodes that have commentaries recorded.  There are two

of these:  the first is on episode 3 of The Crusade and features actor Julian Glover (King Richard), moderated by Gary Russell.  The second is

on episode 2 of The Daleks’ Master Plan and features actors Peter Purves (Steven Taylor) and Kevin Stoney (Mavic Chen), and production

designer Raymond Cusick. 

- A “Special Features” menu.  Contained within you will find these options (in this order):

            -   The Daleks’ Master Plan Surviving Clips”  - Plays a 7 minute featurette with clips that have survived from each of the first 4 episodes

                        of this story.  This includes some film footage that went into the now-existing episode 2, but the film footage that has survived is

                        actually a little more than what featured in the finished episode.  (it’s effects footage of the Daleks burning the Kembel jungle)

            -   “8mm Off-Screen Footage From the Hartnell Era” – Plays a 6 minute featurette with very short clips that were imaged by a fan in                                 Australia pointing his home 8mm film camera at his TV screen when certain favorite Doctor Who scenes of his were being played

                        on reruns. The footage therefore has a characteristic strobing effect to it.  His footage was originally silent, but it has been matched

                        up with the relevant sections of off-air recorded-by-fans soundtracks from the episodes.

                        The episodes represented in these short clips are The Reign of Terror (episodes 4 and 5), Galaxy 4 (episode 1),

                        The Myth Makers (episodes 1, 2, and 4), The Savages (episode 4), and The Tenth Planet (episode 4).

            -  The Tenth Planet Surviving Clips”  - Plays a 1:22 featurette with footage from William Hartnell’s final episode, put together from the

                        8mm footage and a clip of his regeneration scene that survived from being shown on the BBC’s Blue Peter program.  The result is

                        most of William Hartnell’s final moments on the show, and the first of Patrick Troughton’s. 

                        *Note that The Tenth Planet comes after The Smugglers in the TV chronological order, so these two ought to be flip-flopped in the menu.

            - “The Smugglers  - Selecting this takes you to a sub-menu with a...

                        - “Play All” option that plays everything here at once.

                        - “Surviving Clips” option that plays a 1:30 featurette with footage that has survived from across all the episodes after having

                                    been cut by the Australian censors but retained in the censor’s vaults.

                        - “Location Film” option that plays a 2:12 featurette of silent color home movie footage (16 mm) shot by the owner of the farm

                                    being used in the location film shoot in Cornwall. 

            - “Who’s Who” – Text biographies of the regular cast members and the more prominent guest actors.

- 1 Easter Egg.   Highlight the blank text area below to see what it is and how to get to it (this one’s hidden a little better than usual):

            - Be on the Main Menu page and have the “Play All” selection standing by, but don’t select it.  Now, watch the rotating concentric

                        circles playing on the left side of the page, and listen to the sound effects of the clock ticks playing over the theme music.

                        After a little while, you will hear the clock chime, and at the same time, the concentric circles will freeze their rotation.

                        While they are frozen, and only while they’re frozen, you can now press the up arrow on your remote and be able to highlight

                        the Doctor Who logo at the top of the page.  Once there, select it, and the Easter Egg will play. 

                        This Egg is the countdown clock and slate from the leader of the print of The Crusade episode 3, The Wheel of Fortune,

                        complete with a BBC test pattern at the start. 

 

 

There is a minor fault in the authoring of the William Hartnell disc on the Lost in Time  DVD set.  This affects all copies, so it’s no good trying to

exchange your disc for one that isn’t faulty, because they all are. 

 

The fault is in the motion rendition for a few minutes in the middle of episode 3 of The Crusade (aka The Wheel of Fortune).  For two scenes, most motion

in the picture looks jerky, and at times some parts of the picture seem to freeze briefly while the rest of the scene goes on without them. 

The scenes in question are the first scene in King Richard’s court where he discusses his plan to marry off his sister to Saladin’s brother

Saphadin with the Doctor and one of his knights, and the immediately following scene where Saladin discusses the marriage idea with his brother Saphadin.  

 

These motion problems appear to be limited to just these two scenes (which comprise precisely one chapter of this title, so that may have

something to do with this as well), and everything else on this and the other 2 discs looks flawless.

 

 

 

 

Contents of The Patrick Troughton Years – Disc 1

 

from Serial GG,  Episode No. 147.  Title: The Underwater Menace episode 3

 

This is the only episode surviving from this 4-part story.  The travellers are on Earth circa 1970 and have discovered that the lost city of Atlantis is alive

and well, existing for centuries under the sea.  The inhabitants have now been contacted by Professor Zaroff, a mad scientist who has told
the Atlanteans he plans to raise their city from the sea, when in reality he plans to drain the ocean into the Earth's core, thus destroying the planet.

 

starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Michael Craze as Ben, Anneke Wills as Polly, and Frazer Hines as Jamie.
Written by Geoffrey Orme, Produced by Innes Lloyd, Directed by Julia Smith.

Originally transmitted on 28 January 1967 on BBC1.

 

from Serial HH, Episode Nos. 149 (audio-only), 150, 151 (audio-only), and 152.  Title:  The Moonbase 

 

The Doctor and his companions have a rough landing on the surface of the Moon, near to a human base that controls the Earth’s weather by amplifying

the tides with a gravity device.  They immediately fall under suspicion as one-by-one, the base crew go down with a mystery virus that is in fact being

deliberately spread by Cybermen intent on invading and taking over the base. 

 

Starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Michael Craze as Ben, Anneke Wills as Polly, and Frazer Hines as Jamie.
Written by Kit Pedler, Produced by Innes Lloyd, and Directed by Morris Barry.

Originally transmitted from 11 February 1967 to 4 March 1967 on BBC1.

 

from Serial KK, Episode Nos. 157 and 159.  Title:  The Faceless Ones Episode 1 and Episode 3.

 

The TARDIS lands back on Earth at London’s Gatwick Airport, right on the runway during an aircraft landing!  The crew scatter and immediately stumble

across a sinister kidnapping plot masquerading as a vacations service, in more ways than two.... 

These are the only surviving episodes of this six-part story.

 

Starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Michael Craze as Ben, Anneke Wills as Polly, and Frazer Hines as Jamie.

Written by David Ellis and Malcolm Hulke, Associate Produced by Peter Bryant, Produced by Innes Lloyd, and Directed by Gerry Mill.
Originally transmitted on 8 April 1967 and 22 April 1967 on BBC1.

 

from Serial LL, Episode No. 164.  Title:   The Evil of the Daleks - Episode 2

This is the only surviving episode from this seven-part story.  The Doctor and Jamie are lured to the business of Edward Waterfield and spirited

100 years back in history to Victorian times, where the Daleks plan to force the Doctor to conduct a test on Jamie. 

 

Starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and introducing Deborah Watling as Victoria.
Originally transmitted on 27 May 1967 on BBC1.

 

DVD features:

- The Moonbase episodes have the first page of the menu all to themselves, and the other 4 episodes are on the second page.  If you want to watch

them in chronological order, beware that The Underwater Menace episode 3 should come before the Moonbase episodes.  (the others are in the right

order)   All of these episodes have been given the full restoration treatment, including VidFIRE video processing, and look tremendous.

- A “Play All” feature that plays all the episodes in the order they are listed above, which is to say with The Underwater Menace episode 3

in the wrong place, chronologically, after The Moonbase episodes.  It should come first in the order. 

- An “Episode Selection” feature spread out across two pages, with all the Moonbase episodes on the first page and all the others on the second.

This allows you to choose to watch individual episodes.

- A “Subtitles” option, allowing you to turn on or off the subtitle captions for the hearing impared.

- A “Commentary” option.  This turns on a second audio channel on The Evil of the Daleks episode 2, which contains a commentary with

actress Deborah Watling (Victoria), moderated by Gary Russell. 

- A “Special Features” option, which leads you to these sub-options (in this order –  it’s in reverse TV chronological order):

            - “The Macra Terror Surviving Footage”  - This plays a 52 second featurette with surviving footage from this story that was again retrieved            

            from the censor’s vaults in Australia.

            - “The Last Dalek” - a 9:33 featurette of behind-the-scenes home movie footage that was shot on the sets and the model stage of the

            climactic 7th episode of the Troughton story The Evil of the Daleks, showing how the Dalek civil war in the story was visualised.  

            This is presented with running commentary from the story’s visual effects designers Peter Day and Michaeljohn Harris.  This has

            already been seen on the DVD of The Seeds of Death.

            - “The Underwater Menace Surviving Footage” – Plays a 1:22 featurette with surviving footage, again retrieved from the Australian

            censor vaults.

            - “The Highlanders Surviving Footage”- Plays a 47 second featurette with surviving footage from the Australian censors.

            - “Troughton Era 8mm Off-Screen Footage” – Plays a 3:19 featurette of more 8mm home movie camera footage taken off a TV screen

            of short clips from The Power of the Daleks, The Macra Terror, and The Faceless Ones episode 2.

            - “The Power of the Daleks” – takes you to a sub-menu with these options:

                        - “Trailer” – plays a 51-second broadcast trailer for this story from before its debut that was unearthed late in 2003.

                        - “Surviving Footage” – plays a 2-minute featurette with footage from the later episodes of this story that has survived from a

                        variety of sources.

            - “Who’s Who” - Text biographies of the regular cast members and the more prominent guest actors.

- 1 Easter Egg.  Highlight the blank text area below to see what it is and how to get to it (it’s hidden a little better this time than usual). 

            - Be on the Main Menu page and have the “Play All” selection standing by, but don’t select it.  Now, watch the rotating concentric

                        circles playing on the left side of the page, and listen to the sound effects of the clock ticks playing over the theme music.

                        After a little while, you will hear the clock chime, and at the same time, the concentric circles will freeze their rotation.

                        While they are frozen, and only while they’re frozen, you can now press the up arrow on your remote and be able to highlight

                        the Doctor Who logo at the top of the page.  Once there, select it, and the Easter Egg will play. 

                        This Egg is from the original VHS release of The Missing Years.  That VHS originally had The Underwater Menace episode 3

                        on the end as a bonus, and as part of the Missing Years shoot, Frazer Hines recorded an introduction for The Underwater

                        Menace.  That introduction is presented here as the Easter Egg.            

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contents of The Patrick Troughton Years – Disc 2

 

from Serial NN, Episode No. 175.  Title:  The Abominable Snowmen Episode Two.

 

This the only surviving episode from this six-part story.  In it, the Doctor is imprisoned by Tibetan Monks who believe him to be responsible for

recent viscous attacks by the Yeti.  Meanwhile, Victoria and Jamie try to escape from their lair...

Starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Deborah Watling as Victoria.  Guest stars Jack Watling as Prof. Travers.

Written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln, Produced by Innes Lloyd, and Directed by Gerald Blake.

Originally transmitted on 7 October 1967.

 

from Serial PP, Episode No. 188.  Title:  The Enemy of the World  Episode 3

 

This is the only surviving episode from this six-part story.  A world dictator called Salamander is an exact double for the Doctor, so Jamie and

Victoria enter his world to try and gain evidence that will convince the Doctor to do as requested by Salamander's enemies: impersonate him and

bring about his downfall.

 

Starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who and Salamander, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Deborah Watling as Victoria.

Written by David Whitaker, Produced by Innes Lloyd, and Directed by Barry Letts.
Originally transmitted on 13 January 1968 on BBC1.

 

from Serial QQ, Episode No. 192.  Title:  The Web of Fear Episode 1

 

This is the only surviving episode from this six-part story.  Prof. Travers accidentally awakens a Yeti robot forty years after the Great Intelligence

tried to use them to invade Earth via a Tibetan monastery... only this time it happens in London!  The city is soon evacuated, after it is invaded by

a strange fungus web spread by the Yeti, which also ensnares the TARDIS in space.... 

 

Starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Deborah Watling as Victoria.  Guest stars Jack Watling as Prof. Travers.

Written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln, Produced by Peter Bryant, and Directed by Douglas Camfield.

Originally transmitted on 10 February 1968 on BBC1.

 

 

from Serial SS, Episode Nos. 206 and 209.  Title: The Wheel in Space  Episode 3 and Episode 6.

 

These are the only surviving episodes from this six-part story.  In the third episode, the Doctor and Jamie uncover evidence that the Cybermen are

infiltrating a space station with Cybermats fired from a nearby rocket-ship.  In the sixth, their attack comes at full force. 

 

Starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and introducing Wendy Padbury as Zoe. 
Written by David Whitaker from a story by Kit Pedler, Produced by Peter Bryant, and Directed by Tristan De Vere Cole.

Originally transmitted on 11 May 1968 and 1 June 1968 on BBC1.

 

 

from Serial YY, Episode No. 239.  Title:  The Space Pirates Episode Two.

This is the only surviving episode from this six-part story.  The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe are trapped aboard a space
beacon that has been broken into sections by space pirates.  Meanwhile, military forces investigate the thefts.

Starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Wendy Padbury as Zoe.

Written by Robert Holmes, Produced by Peter Bryant, and Directed by Michael Hart.

Originally transmitted on 15 March 1969 on BBC1.

 

DVD features:

- All of the episodes have been given the full restoration treatment, including VidFIRE video look processing.  They look tremendous!

 - A “Play All” feature that plays all the episodes in the order they are listed above.  (This is the correct TV chronological order.)

- An “Episode Selection” feature spread across two pages.  This allows you to pick individual episodes.  They’re listed in the correct TV

 chronological order.

- A “Subtitles” option, allowing you to turn on or off the subtitle captions for the hearing impared.

- A “Commentary” option.  This turns on a second audio channel on the episodes that have commentaries recorded.  These are Deborah Watling (Victoria) and moderator Gary Russell on The Abominable Snowmen Episode 2,  Watling and Russell again joined by story editor Derrick Sherwin on The Web of Fear episode 1, and Sherwin with director Tristan de Vere Cole on The Wheel in Space episode 6.

- A “Special Features” option, which leads to these sub-options (in this order, which is in no sort of TV chronological order at all.  I’ll end each entry

with a number inside asterisks indicating where it ought to go in TV chronological order.) 

            - “The Web of Fear Surviving Clips”  - plays a 1-minute featurette of clips that survived in the vaults of New Zealand’s censors.  *2*

            - “The Abominable Snowmen” – leads to a sub-menu:    *1*

                        - “Play All” – plays everything here

                        - “Location Film” – plays a 3:35 featurette of silent color 8mm home movie footage that was shot behind-the-scenes on the location

                        shoot in Wales by director Gerald Blake.

                        - “Surviving Footage” – plays a 16-second featurette of two short clips from the episodes themselves that have survived

            - “The Wheel in Space Surviving Clips” – plays a 32-second featurette of short clips from the later episodes that survived in the New

                        Zealand film censor archive.  *4*

            - “The Space Pirates Film Inserts + Trims” – plays a 2:43 featurette of recently disclosed footage from the first two episodes of this story.

                        The footage is mostly model effects shots of the spaceships and of the space pirates space-walking on Beacon Alpha 1 and laying

                        explosive charges on it.   *5*

            - “Documentary – The Missing Years  - plays a 37-minute documentary on the successes and failures of the missing episodes problem,

                        originally recorded in 1998 for the VHS release of The Ice Warriors.  The final 3 minutes are a newly-shot addendum telling of the

                        recovery of two episodes since 1998.    Included within this documentary is a 6-minute clip from the first episode of the William

                        Hartnell story Galaxy 4 which is not present on the William Hartnell disc in this Lost in Time set.   *6*

            - “Fury From the Deep” – leads to a sub-menu:  *3*

                        - “Play All” – plays everything here

                        - “8mm Color Film” – plays a 2:52 featurette of silent color behind-the-scenes footage shot by a member of the film crew during

                        the climactic scenes of the Weed Creature foam attack in episode 6.

                        - “Raw Film Trims” – plays a 3:42 featurette of film trims which show takes that weren’t used in the final program but were

                        essentially the same scenes as were finally shown.  The off-air soundtrack has been matched up to these scenes as appropriate.

                        - “Surviving Footage” – plays a 4:26 featurette of clips from the actual episodes that have survived mostly thanks to the Australian

                        censors again.  (the TARDIS landing shot included here survived from having been reused in The War Games, which you can tell

                        if you listen carefully to the sound at the start and end of the clip)

            - “Who’s Who” - Text biographies of the regular cast members and the more prominent guest actors.  *7*

- 1 Easter Egg.  Highlight the blank area below to see what it is:

            - If you have the commentary on The Wheel in Space episode 6 selected and play the credits all the way to the end, you will hear something

            interesting on the director’s credit at the end.  It sounds to me like a production assistant shouting “[something unintelligible and] That’s it!”

            and then Patrick Troughton saying “God Bless You!”  I suspect that this is audio taken from this position on the optical track of this

            episode’s surviving film print, which contained the raw studio sound as opposed to the finished program’s sound that was on the magnetic

            soundtrack, and it’s therefore a live exclamation by crew and cast as the episode finished recording.

 

 

 

None of these episodes have ever been broadcast on TV in North America. 

The Daleks’ Master Plan episode 2 has also never been released on VHS or DVD before in North America.

(This episode was among the missing until January of 2004.  It’s recovery in fact spurred on this DVD set’s release.)