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.

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