Friday, 24 April 2015

068 The Space Museum Episode 1: The Space Museum

EPISODE: The Space Museum Episode 1: The Space Museum
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 24 April 1965
WRITER: Glyn Jones
DIRECTOR: Mervyn Pinfield
SCRIPT EDITOR: Dennis Spooner
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 10.5 million viewers
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase

"It’s so quiet, it could be a graveyard"

From the first round of blogging:

Every so often a story comes up that I'm dreading. This is one of them. You see I've seen this recently when the DVD came out last year. But I will show my dedication to the cause by sacrificing another hour and half of my life to watch it again. Third time round I think......

Ave Morituri etc ....

Oh dear here it is again......

The crew are frozen round the Tardis console as it materialises in a rocky area occupied by many spaceships. Shortly after landing they are able to move again. They find themselves wearing their ordinary clothes rather than their crusader gear.

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Vicki gets a drink, drops and smashes the glass then watches as it reforms whole and full in her hand. The other survey the outside with the scanner. Vicki tells the other what happened but they don't believe her. The Doctor thinks they have landed at a space museum, containing relics of space exploration. They go outside where Ian notices they aren't leaving footprints in the dust. They enter the museum building but once inside Barbara is unnerved by the silence within. Two white clad human like beings walk pass them not noticing them even when Vicki sneezes. They examine the exhibits at the museum.

vlcsnap-2014-10-10-19h51m41s141They're scared by a Dalek they encounter but it's just an exhibit. Two black clad humanoids enter the room but nobody can hear what they said. Vicki tries to touch an exhibit but puts her hand through it. The two black clad strangers have returned with a third once again completely ignoring and inaudible to the travellers. The others think they must be invisible but the Doctor wonders if they're not really there.

vlcsnap-2014-10-10-19h57m11s112 They find the Tardis in the museum but are unable to touch it just passing through the walls. Then they find themselves as exhibits in the museum. Oh dear Vicki's spouting scientific rubbish. Barbara wonders how they can get out of their present situation and avoid their fate. The Doctor thinks the Tardis jumped a time track (right.....) which has resulted in their present situation. The Doctor says they must wait for themselves to arrive in the Tardis. Events in the episode are replayed with the white clad humans noticing the Tardis crew's footprints in the sand as the exhibit Tardis crew vanish from the museum.....

I'm sorry but what was that all about? It made no sense at all!

We'll start at the beginning: some super model work to open the show:

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But after that the clothes changing from what they had on at the end of the Crusade to more normal clothes makes no sense at all! However it does serve a purpose by drawing attention to their clothes because, even before it's stated in dialogue, it emphasise that the frozen Tardis crew are wearing the same things they are how.

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Trying to make Billy say Fluorescent in the middle of this episode was asking for trouble!

vlcsnap-2014-10-10-19h51m34s43 Lovely to see an all to brief guest appearance from a Dalek, here minus the additional base and power dish it had in Dalek Invasion of Earth but possessing the silver eye ball from that story.

That's the first time Vicki's seen a Dalek: she says they invaded Earth 300 years ago. We know the events of Dalek Invasion of Earth occurred in 2164 so that date her from about 2465AD.

Space Museum is the work of South African writer Glyn Jones. Jones is unique in the original run of Doctor Who in both writing for and appearing in the series: he plays Krans in 1975's The Sontaran Experiment. You can hear him interviewed in Toby Hadoke's Who's Round #3. Jones died on 2nd April 2014 leaving Donald Tosh as the sole surviving Hartnell author.

This episode features a couple of pieces of library music by musician Eric Siday, who previously supplied Anaesthesia for Edge of Destruction. I recognised two of them: Ultimate & Moonscape from The Ultra Sonic Perception which has recently been reissued.

Five other actors appear in this episode: two Morok Guards, two named character called Sita & Dako and one credited as Third Xeron. Since there are two characters wearing white, and three wearing black we'll assume the ones in black are Xerons, of which Sita & Dako are two, and the pair in white are the Morok Guards. They are played by Lawrence Dean, who later appears in the Bond Film Octopussy as Colonel Toro, and Ken Norris as Morok Guard. Interestingly these two had already worked together both appearing in Get me to the Church on Time an episode of the Sid James sitcom Taxi.

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Neither Peter Sanders, playing Sita on the left, or Bill Starkey as Third Xeron, on the right, in this episode but credited simply as Xeron in episodes 3 & 4 will trouble us any further but Peter Craze, playing Dako, will be back for the War Games episode 7 as Du Pont and Nightmare of Eden 2-4 as Costa. In a long career he has parts in many familiar shows to his name including two appearances in Blakes 7 as Prell in the fist series episode Seek-Locate-Destroy and as Servalan's assistant in the final series episode Sand. He has a brother Michael who also was in the acting profession and he'll be along in 55 episodes time playing sailor Ben Jackson.

Friday, 17 April 2015

067 The Crusade Episode 4: The War-Lords

EPISODE: The Crusade Episode 4: The War-Lords
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 17 April 1965
WRITER: David Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Douglas Camfield
SCRIPT EDITOR: Dennis Spooner
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 9.5 million viewers
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection: (1964-1965) No. 1
TELESNAPS: The Crusade Episode 4: The War-Lords

"In any other land I could command the end and force my purpose. Not here. No, once again we shall have to fight."

Back on CD again for this episode. It's the last time we'll be needing the CD this season though, the remaining three stories all exist and are available on DVD.

Barbara escapes and flees to the harem where she is hidden by Maimuna, the daughter of her friend Haroun ed-Din. Ian is lying in the desert staked out where a bandit has captured him. He pleads to be taken to Lydda.

29 Richard discovers the Earl of Leicester gave his marriage plans away and forgives the Doctor. Richard knows battle is near and allows the Doctor to leave. He wishes to see Jerusalem, The Doctor tells him he will but explains to Vicki that he sees it only from afar and he never gets into the city itself. Ian is freed by his captor Ibrahim and persuades him to take him to Lydda. Barbara and Maimuna try to escaped but are betrayed by another member of the harem Fatima. Meanwhile Haroun is trying to enter the palace slaying a guard while shortly afterwards Ian & Ibrahim arrive. Ian gets Ibrahim to steel some of El-Akir's horses for him. Barbara and Maimuna are captured by El-Akir who is then slain by Haroun who is reunited with his long lost daughter. Ian arrives overpowering the remaining guards allowing them all to escape. The Doctor & Vicki reach the woods where the Tardis is but find it surrounded: The Earl of Leicester is stalking them. The Doctor is caught by the guards but Ian & Barbara arrive and Ian bluffs their way into the Tardis which dematerialises. Leicester and his guards decide not to speak about what they have seen.

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The Tardis crew are pleased to escape but as it starts to land the power fails, the light dim and all of them are frozen to the spot....

Compared to the other three episodes this one worked for me. A bit more action than the others helps perhaps. It's interesting that many of the principle characters are hardly in it: No Joanna, no Saladin or Saphadin and indeed Richard himself is barely present as he has been all story. The principle players in the power struggle are very much seen to be sitting in their towers pondering not, as we usually picture Richard, leading his troops into battle. By the same token Saladin & Saphadin, who you might think would be portrayed as the villains of the piece, are also looking to avoid battle with Richard. If the story has a villain it's El-Akir, a wonderful turn by Walter Randall with the Earl of Leicester's machinations and desire for battle deserving a mention.

Maybe there is a bit more to this story than I've previously given it credit for.....

This recording suffers from having the sound be a bit bit rough in places, particularly during the argument between The Doctor and Vicki/Leicester.

Ibrahim is played by Tutte Lemkow, who's already appeared in Marco Polo (assistant floor manager: Douglas Camfield) and he'll be back in the Myth Makers. He has a role as an old man in Raiders of the Lost Ark who translates for Doctor Jones, but he's most famous for being the fiddler in the film of Fiddler on the Roof which also features George Little who plays Haroun ed-Din in the final two episodes.

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Ibrahim doesn't appear in episode 3 but he's presumably the off screen assailant that knocks Ian out. Likewise the Turkish Bandit from episode 3, played by David Brewster and presumably Ibrahim's brother who is said to have stole Ian's horse, doesn't appear in this episode!

53Billy Cornelius plays the Man-at-Arms, presumably the man seen on Leicester's left here. He'll be back in the very next story The Space Museum in episodes 3 & 3 The Search & The Final Phase as a Morok Guard.

IMDB credits Roy Stewart as being in this episode. I can't find him in the telesnaps though and, as we saw, I think I found him in episode 1. He'll be back as Toberman in Tomb of the Cybermen and the strongman in Terror of the Autons. He's most famous for playing Quarrel in the Bond film Live and Let Die.

This series is the only time that two of Doctor Who's longest serving and best known contributors worked together on the series: prolific director Douglas Camfield never used regular composer Dudley Simpson again for any story he worked on. Following this story they had a disagreement at a dinner party and Camfield elected to use percussive music on his next production, The Time Meddler, which Simpson then took as a snub and it escalated from there, remaining unresolved at the time of Camfield's death in 1984.

We've reached a notable landmark in our journey: The end of this episode marks the halfway point in Hartnell's reign in terms of episodes. 67 more lie in front of us, of which just under half, 33, are currently missing from the BBC archives. Of the 34 which do exist, 14 of them are between now and the end of Season 2, leaving just 20 to be found from the 45 episodes of season 3and the 8 episodes starring William Hartnell at the start of start of season 4.

Season 2 is the shortest season of Doctor Who in the sixties, at 39 episodes running from 31st October 1964 to 24th June 1965. Yet with only 2 episodes missing it has 37 remaining, tying with the longer Season Six (44 episodes made) as having the most episodes remaining:

Season Episodes Existing Existing % Missing Missing %
1 42 33 78.58 9 21.42
2 39 37 94.88 2 5.12
3 45 17 37.78 28 62.22
4 43 10 23.26 33 76.74
5 40 22 55 18 45
6 44 37 84.1 7 15.9

Proportionally however Season 2 is the most complete of the 60s seasons so we have a lot of time using CDs ahead of us in the next three Seasons.

As I've alluded to over the last few episodes there is a reasonable chance that one day The Crusade, and Season2, might be complete. Like many 60s Doctor Who serials it was widely sold abroad:

New Zealand
Sierra Leone
All of the above confirm that they no longer have the episodes except for Gibraltar, Jamaica & Ethiopia. Nigeria confirm they destroyed their episodes and records show the New Zealand copies, which were never broadcast, were junked in 1975. Yet episode 1 survived to be rescued and returned to the BBC!

Lets have a look at the sales to those three countries in more detail:

Country Purchased Broadcast
Gibraltar 16/05/1966 09/07/1966-06/08/1966
Jamaica 18/03/1969 16/03/1969-13/04/1969
Ethiopia 22/10/1971 05/01/1972-26/01/1972

Gibraltar can't report the fate of most of the stories it broadcast including, tantalisingly, several missing and incomplete Troughton serials. It's also thought to be the early link in a supply chain that went round the Mediterranean and Africa. Jamaica probably had the copy used in Barbados: the only place they can have gone from there is back to the BBC or to the final destination on the list Ethiopia who bought the series two years after it's last purchase and showed it nearly three years after it had been last shown. Ethiopia is the last place in the world known to have broadcast this serial: to set it in some context the weeks they were showing The Crusade BBC1 was broadcasting Day of the Daleks!

Ethiopia is the last known broadcast location for all three of the missing early Hartnell series:

Story Purchased Broadcast
Marco Polo 26/10/1970 21/01/1971-04/03/1971
Reign of Terror 26/10/1970 01/07/1971-05/08/1971
The Crusade 22/10/1971 05/01/1972-26/01/1972

See also this map illustrating sales to Africa and speculating on the supply chains between the countries. It makes it clear that Ethiopia is probably a place of great interest to Phil Morris and his team of Missing Episode hunters. If we're to get the missing episode of these three stories back then Ethiopia will possibly play a part and given the lateness of the sale probably received stored field recordings so thus may be able to give us better quality recordings of Reign of Terror 1 & 2 and The Crusade part 1.

The Crusade was the third & final Doctor Who book published in the 1960s, first sold in 1966 and then reprinted by Target in 1973. I've got a first print of the Target version, complete with block logo and a number on the spine laminated by the previous owner - this book came from a local scout Jumble Sale! In fact I can recall where a great deal of my Target books came from! Until The Aztecs, in 1984, it was the only purely historical story in the Doctor Who book range.

The third episode of the story, then the only existing one, was first released on the Hartnell Years video in 1991. After episode 1, The Lion, was found it and the third episode were released, with linking narration by William Russel, who played Ian Chesterton, and paired with the following story The Space Museum. As we've seen two episodes plus the soundtracks to the remaining two are available in the Doctor Who - Lost In Time DVD set while all four episodes have their soundtracks plus narration in the Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection CD set having previously been available as a CD release of that story.

Friday, 10 April 2015

066 The Crusade Episode 3: The Wheel of Fortune

EPISODE: The Crusade Episode 3: The Wheel of Fortune
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 10 April 1965
WRITER: David Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Douglas Camfield
SCRIPT EDITOR: Dennis Spooner
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 9 million viewers
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who - Lost In Time
TELESNAPS: The Crusade Episode 3: The Wheel of Fortune

"I admire bravery and loyalty, sir. You have both of these. But, unfortunately you haven't any brain at all."

We're back on DVD in the Lost In Time set for part three.

vlcsnap-2014-10-08-13h49m54s218Barbara has been found by Haroun ed-Din who takes her to safety from the searching guards. The Doctor has disguised Vicki as a boy in the court of the King, but Joanna finds them out and befriends them. Haroun introduces Barbara to his daughter Safiya. Haroun despises El Akir who took his eldest daughter and killed his wife & son. Haroun is knocked out by guards in the street. Knowing where he lives, they go there to search for Barbara. King Richard is confident that Joanna will marry the sultan Saladin's brother Saphadin to bring peace. Saladin & Saphadin agree to the marriage, but are cautious. Barbara and Safiya hide from searching guards who decide to set fire to the house to smoke them out. Barbara looks for a way out but is discovered & captured. Joanna learns she is to be married to Saphadin and objects strongly refusing to marry him. The Doctor is blamed by Richard for giving away the plan and is told he is no longer welcome. Barbara is brought to El Akir who taunts her....

The only pleasure left for you is death. And death is very far away.
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I refer you to my reaction to the previous episodes. Sorry, but overall this is doing very little for me.

I suspect my reaction is something of a carryover from my first encounter with this episode in The Hartnell Years, released on 3rd June 1991. BY this time I would have seen An Unearthly Child, courtesy of Five Faces of Doctor Who in 1981 and probably owned the video. I'd seen the first episode and a bit of the Daleks at school courtesy of a Who fan teacher and owned the Dalek Invasion of Earth. So this was probably the 12th whole Hartnell episode I ever saw and I hated it. No Daleks, nothing that really grabbed hold of me. Worse was to come with the last episode on the tape, Celestial Toymaker 4. It would be some time before I'd automatically buy a Hartnell VHS release.

Nowadays I'm much more fond of the Hartnell episodes..... But not this one.

Perhaps it's a little better in context, and there is a nice exchange between The Doctor and the Earl of Leicester plus El Akir's best Bond villaining at the end.

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Absent from proceedings this week is William Russell as Ian who only appears in a brief pre filmed insert. Jacqueline Hill, Barbara, had a week off during The Web Planet where she missed episode 3. This short sequence is the only appearance for David Brewster as a Turkish Bandit. He'd previously been a Mongol Bandit in episode 5 of Marco Polo, Rider from Shang-Tu (AFM: D Camfield), and would also appear in The Dalek Masterplan episode 9, Golden Death (Director D Camfield) as an Egyptian Warrior.

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This being a historical serial it features a number of known historical figures, chief among them Richard the Lionheart and his sister Joanna who would eventually become Queen of Sicily.

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Both Saladin and his younger brother Saphadin are real life figures too. Saphadin's real name is Al-Adil: "Sayf al-Din" is a honorific meaning Sword of Faith.

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He has two appearances to his name in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, which starred William Russel, Doctor Who's Ian Chesterton in the title role.

Wheel of Fortune was one of the few Hartnell episodes to be found in the BBC archive during Ian Levene's initial visit. Of all the orphaned Doctor Who episodes, The Wheel of Fortune has the longest release history. It first turned up in The Hartnell Years VHS with the pilot & Celestial Toymaker 4: The Final Test. It then gets released on VHS *again* after the recovery of The Crusade 1: The Lion when they're paired with the following story The Space Museum. Finally (so far) it appears with it's orphaned brother and un-narrated the soundtracks for the two missing episodes in the Doctor Who - Lost In Time. However since then The Moonbase has been released with it's surviving two episodes linked by animation. Could that or a telesnap reconstruction of the missing two episodes await the Crusade giving episode three a FOURTH commercial release?

Friday, 3 April 2015

065 The Crusade Episode 2: The Knight of Jaffa

EPISODE: The Crusade Episode 2: The Knight of Jaffa
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 03 April 1965
WRITER: David Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Douglas Camfield
SCRIPT EDITOR: Dennis Spooner
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 8.5 million viewers
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection: (1964-1965) No. 1
TELESNAPS: The Crusade Episode 2: The Knight of Jaffa

"In the name of God, Saint Michael, and Saint George, we dub you Sir Ian, Knight of Jaffa. Arise Sir Ian, and be valiant."

William de Tornebu persuades the King to rescue Barbara coming up with a plot to humiliate Saladin. The travellers meet the real Joanna, the King's sister. El Akir seeks Barbara, feeling humiliated by her & des Preaux. Barbara is tipped off she's in danger and tries to escape, assisted by the merchant Luigi Ferrigo who betrays her & delivers her to El Akir. Ian is equipped with armour and sword for his journey to Saladin. Richard plans to marry his sister Joanna to Saladin's brother Saphadin.

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Ian is knighted and sent on his journey, but when he leaves the Doctor and Vicki are accused of thieving by both the market trader Ben Daheer and Richard's Chamberlain who had the garments stolen from him initially. The Doctor sorts the situation out with some fast talking and exposes the man who stole from the Chamberlain. Ian reaches Saladin's camp and finds Barbara missing. William des Preaux tells him what happened. Barbara has escaped from el Akir but fails to find help and in the darkness is grabbed by an assailant.

Again another historical episode that just doesn't do anything for me. Sorry. Lots of intrigue but no action and very little humour save for the Doctor's wrangling with the Chamberlain and Ben Daheer.

This isn't the only time that William Russel, the actor that plays Ian Chesterton, has been a knight. He played the lead role in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot from 1956 to 1957. If you'd like to see some of it then the complete series is available on DVD.

This story sees a couple of famous guest stars. The first is Jean Marsh, playing Joanna, many years before finding fame as Rose Buck in Upstairs Downstairs, a series that she co-created. She was the first Mrs Jon Pertwee from 1955-1960 and would return to Doctor Who twice: first in the likewise Douglas Camfield directed Dalek Masterplan as Sara Kingdom, where she appears in episodes 5-12, and then many years later as Morgaine in Battlefield.


By an odd coincidence her co-star Julian Glover, playing Richard the Lionheart, was married at the time to his first wife Eileen Atkins who is the other creator of Upstairs Downstairs! His second wife Isla Blair later appeared in Doctor Who: King's Demons as Isabella Fitzwilliam while their son Jamie appeared in "An Adventure In Space and Time" as William Russel! Glover is probably the most famous actor to have appeared in Doctor Who to this point and would return years later as Count Scarlioni/Scaroth in the City of Death. He's on the commentaries for both The Crusade episode 3 "The Wheel of Fortune" (from the Doctor Who - Lost In Time DVD set) and City of Death. Other roles you may have seen him in include Col Breen in Quatermass & The Pit, General Veers in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Professor Kayn in the Blake's 7 first series episode Breakdown, the villainous Aris Kristatos in the James' Bond film For Your Eyes Only, the Nazi sympathiser Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Sir Martin Lacey in By The Sword Divided and many, MANY more. He celebrated his 80th Birthday last Friday on the 50th anniversary of the broadcast of episode one of this serial.

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Richard's enemy Saladin is played by Bernard Kay, who sadly died during the Christmas holiday this year. Kay previously appeared in The Dalek Invasion of Earth as Tyler, and later reappears in The Faceless Ones as Inspector Crossland and Colony in Space as Caldwell. You can hear him interviewed on Toby Hadoke's Who Round #018 and #101.

By an odd coincidence Tony Caunter, who plays the thieving Thatcher in the first two episodes of this story also returns in Colony in Space where he plays Morgan. He later returns as seaman Jackson in Enlightenment before finding fame as Roy Evans in Eastenders.

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Two more Marco Polo Polo returnees show up in this episode:

Zohra Segal, who was Ping Cho's attendant in the first three episodes of the earlier story, appears here as the servant Sheyrah who refuses to be bribed by El Akir. She was the first credited actor from Doctor Who to reach the age of one hundred on 27th April 2012 but since we talked about Marco Polo she sadly dies, on 10th July 2014 at the age of 102. The title of Doctor Who's oldest surviving credited actor has now passed to Olaf Pooley, who turned 100 on 13th March 2014.

The other actor who appeared in Marco Polo was Gábor Baraker who here plays Geonese merchant Luigi Ferrigo in a very similar style to the camp Wang-Lo in episodes 5 & 6, Rider from Shang-Tu & Mighty Kublai Khan (1964) in the earlier story.

Do I even need to remind you that the Assistant Floor Manager on Marco Polo was Douglas Camfield, director of this story?

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Two more of the actors in this episode return in later days: John Flint, who plays the captured William des Preaux, is in Time-Flight: Part One as Captain Urquhart while Chris Konyils, the Saracen Warrior/Guard seen in the closing moments of this episode and returns, uncredited, in both The Tenth Planet as an African ISC Officer and The Wheel in Space: Episode 1 as a Wheel Crewmember

For the first time this season we're listening on CD: The Crusade is the only story in the Second Season of Doctor Who to be missing episodes with both it's second and fourth (last) episode absent from the archives. The CD release of this story contains the episode with narration by William Russel, but un-narrated versions are included on the Doctor Who - Lost In Time DVD set. Most of the stories in this set are just one episode of a story but both The Crusade and The Moonbase have two of their four episodes in existence so to bridge the gaps the soundtracks of the remaining episodes are included. There are Three episodes of the Dalek Masterplan in the box and two of the Faceless ones but since they respectively are missing NINE & FOUR episodes filling in the gaps there with Soundtracks would use up a large amount of disc space!

However the last time I blogged about this story I didn't know that the Telesnaps for it, and several other 60s stories, were tucked away in the old and much missed BBC Cult website. Since then they have also been published in the first of three Doctor Who magazine Telesnaps specials. If you're a fan of the 60s episodes of the series these three publications are essential reading so go track them down on eBay or at sci-fi specialist shops. So while listening to the Soundtrack off the Lost In Time DVD I've been following the photos along at home. With two episodes existing and a complete set of Telesnaps this makes the story a prime candidate for a DVD release with a photo reconstruction of the missing episodes with the telesnaps married to the soundtrack. As yet this hasn't happened, I wonder why ....