Friday, 27 November 2015

093 The Daleks' Master Plan Episode 3: Devil's Planet

EPISODE: The Daleks' Master Plan Episode 3: Devil's Planet
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 27 November 1965
WRITER: Terry Nation
DIRECTOR: Douglas Camfield
PRODUCER: John Wiles
RATINGS: 10.3 million viewers
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection: No. 2

"Mavic Chen has given this to the Daleks to complete one of the most evil weapons ever devised. Their Time Destructor!"

The airlock door on the ship is open, preventing take off and allowing the Doctor time to get aboard. Zephon is exterminated for his unwilling part in the theft of the Taranium and the Doctor's escape.

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Mavic Chen returns to Earth in a ship similar to the stolen one which is provided by the Daleks. The Doctor plays back the tape he found in the Jungle hearing the warning from Marc Cory.

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The Daleks use a randomiser to bring the ship down on the prison planet Desperus and dispatch pursuit. Desperus is a planet where prisoners are marooned. Bors, Garge and Kirksen struggle for control of the prisoners. When they see the ship land they approach but the Doctor jury rigs a defence mechanism that knocks out Bors and Garge while Steven & Bret repair the ship preparing to launch just as the Daleks arrive. Katarina is sent to check the airlock door is closed this time, but is grabbed by the third prisoner Kirksen who has sneaked aboard.

The quality of the recording for this episode isn't great but the storyline sounds decent enough. Desperus reminds me somewhat of Cygnus Alpha, the prison planet in early episodes of Blake's 7, where prisoners are marooned. More evidence of Nation recycling!

The sharp eared amongst you may spot that Marc Cory's message is subtly different here to the one left in Mission to the Unknown. Here's the original:

Marc Cory, Special Security Service, reporting from the planet Kembel. The Daleks are planning the complete destruction of our galaxy. Together with the powers of the outer galaxies, a war force is being assembled.

If our galaxy is to be saved, whoever receives this message must relay this information to Earth immediately. It is vital that defence mechanisms are put into operation at once! Message ends.

And this is what we hear in this episode:
This is Marc Cory, Special Security Agent, reporting from the planet Kembel. The Daleks are planning the complete destruction of the Galaxy. Together with the powers of the outer galaxies, a war force is being assembled and
Regular Dalek voice artist Peter Hawkins provides Marc Cory's voice here. Two of the three credited prisoners on Desperus have prior and future Doctor Who form: Dallas Cavell, Bors who you can see in the first photo and on the left in the second, was in Reign of Terror 2: Guests of Madame Guillotine as the Road Works Overseer. He'll be back in The Highlanders Episodes 2-4 as Captain Jebb Trask, The Ambassadors of Death: Episodes 2-5 as Quinlan and Castrovalva Part One as the Head of Security. Meanwhile Geoffrey Cheshire, Garge in the middle of the second photo, was the Viking Leader in The Time Meddler episode 2: The Meddling Monk directed by this story's director Douglas Camfield. He returns as Tracy in The Invasion: Episodes 1 & 2, again directed by Camfield and also had a role in the second Doctor Whom feature film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. as a Roboman. The third man to the right of the second photo is Kirksen, played by Douglas Sheldon.

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There are some more uncredited extras as prisoners and amongst them are a couple who return in different roles in episode 7 of this story, The Feast of Steven: M.J. Matthews later plays the Charlie Chaplin Lookalike while Jack Le White is Knopf's Cameraman. He also has an appearance in The Prisoner episode The Chimes of Big Ben as the First Judge

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A brief clip from this episode survives courtesy of being used in a 1971 edition of Blue Peter. Mainly set in the Spaceship, as it's forced down towards Desperus, there' also a brief glimpse of the Dalek control room.

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Friday, 20 November 2015

092 The Daleks' Master Plan Episode 2: Day of Armageddon

EPISODE: The Daleks' Master Plan Episode 2: Day of Armageddon
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 20 November 1965
WRITER: Terry Nation
DIRECTOR: Douglas Camfield
PRODUCER: John Wiles
RATINGS: 9.8 million viewers
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who - Lost In Time

"No power in this universe can stop the Daleks!"

Informing their base that more intruders have been found, the Supreme Dalek orders the patrol to start Operation Inferno. The final delegate Zephon, the master of the fifth galaxy arrives and greets Mavic Chen. The Daleks are observing Chen and plan to eliminate him when his usefulness is at an end. Steven & Katarina are sheltering in the Jungle - Bret led them out of the Tardis not realising they were safe from the Daleks in there. Steven is shocked to learn the Daleks are here having met them previously on Mechanus. The Daleks use their Pyro-flame attachments to set fire to the jungle so the Tardis travellers and Vyon seek shelter in the Daleks city.

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Chen and Zephon argue over their importance leading to Zephon delaying his arrival at a meeting of the Dalek. The Doctor's party find the spaceport and Vyon identifies Chen's spaceship which they decide to take to warn Earth. Zephon appears and is knocked out by Vyon allowing the Doctor to steel his heavy cloak and pretend to be him. After being found by Daleks seeking the missing Zephon he infiltrates the Daleks' conference learning their plans. The Dalek Time Destructor has been completed and now only needs the core which Chen has provided, an emm of Taranium, which has taken 50 years to be mined on a world in the Solar System, the only place that ore can be found. Vyon seizes Chen's ship tying up it's crew. Zephon sounds the alarm causing confusion allowing the Doctor to steel the Taranium. Vyon, needing to warn Earth, prepares to leave without the Doctor.

Oh that was good. Daleks being Daleks, lots of aliens, a fantastic looking jungle and the set being torched. I'm pretty sure I spotted broken neck ring in the council chamber but Douglas Camfield is shooting the Daleks from some different angles which is hiding the damage. I'd seen the other two surviving episodes of this story years before this one and this beat them hands down at the time.

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In November 2003, tying in with Doctor Who's 40th anniversary, the BBC released a boxset of Doctor Who episodes on VHS mopping up the last of the orphaned episodes form the 1960s that hadn't previously been released: All four surviving episodes of the Reign of Terror, the two episodes of the Faceless Ones and the first episode of the Web of Fear. Because the Secret of Comedy is Timing, you could almost predict what happened next: In January 2004 another episode was returned to the BBC.

While working as an Engineer for the BBC, Francis Watson was given orders to dispose of a room full of junk. In it he found a copy of The Daleks part 5: The Expedition and The Daleks' Masterplan 2: Day of Armageddon. Watson was a member of a local film club, Filmsoc (connected to the University of London) and loathe to dispose of them, "removed them for safe keeping". Over the years they were shown several times at Filmsoc and on one occasion the film and it's labelled can parted company. Watson left London to work for Yorkshire television in Leeds. The films spent many years in cupboards in Watson's home before being taken into work and hung in a bag on a coat hook. At some point in the late 80s the film can was discovered at Filmsoc who were disappointed that the contents didn't match the label. In 2003 he used the films as a training exercise in conversion of film to D3 tape. When they were returned to him he searched for the contents on the internet and, via the Restoration Team Website discovered it was missing. Contacting Steve Roberts of the Restoration Team, the film was swiftly transported to London where it brought the number of missing episodes of Doctor Who down to 108 (so far we've listened to 21 of them). This is the last episode of Doctor Who to be recovered to date (although later episodes of Doctor Who were found before this) and is considered to be a major find because for the first time we can see the Daleks allies and companion Katarina. It's also probably responsible for the release of Doctor Who - Lost In Time in January 2004 placing this and most of the other Orphaned episodes on DVD (Episodes of Reign of Terror, Tenth Planet, Ice Warriors and The Invasion, for which more than 50% of the episodes exist are not included in this set).

Prior to this find the only surviving footage was taken from the 35mm reel of pre filmed effects sequences for the first two episodes, found in 1991. It shows the scenes of the Daleks burning down the jungle. When the episode was recovered these sequences were reinserted into the recovered print to form the DVD version and look noticeably better than the rest of the episode!

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When I first wrote about this episode I said:

So The Daleks' Master Plan 2: Day of Armageddon is the only known existing episode of Doctor Who not to be released on VHS!
Since then ELEVEN more episodes have been recovered: Galaxy Four episode 3, Airlock, The Underwater Menace episode 2, Enemy of the World episodes 1, 2 & 4-6 and Web of Fear episodes 2 & 4-6!

We mention that the film can for this episode was found. Over the years cans for Marco Polo Episode 7 & The Moonbase Part 3 have been found in New Zealand, The Ice Warriors part 2 (containing a film of the then missing Ice Warriors Part 1!) and Fury from the Deep 6 (containing something completely different that wasn't Doctor Who) have been found. Film cans are more durable than their contents and as we've seen it's easy for them to be separated from what they should have in them and then reused. Of course there could well be a film can out there labelled as something completely different with a missing episode of Doctor Who in it! We can but hope.

One of the main draws of this episode is finally able to see the Dalek council on screen. For many years the only evidence of the Dalek council we had was a series of publicity photos from Mission to the Unknown, and some of those Doctor Who fandom were unsure which name should be attached to which alien.

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When Dalek Masterplan 2 came to light things became clearer to the point where it was discovered that several of the aliens change between the two stories and a couple of those that remain change appearance. Two are definitely gone: the tall black alien and the alien with the white padded hood. We think these are called Sentreal & Warrien.

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Let's start with the newcomers: Zephon is named in the episode and identified as being the figure in the black cloak. He's played by Julian Sherrier in this episode and the next. I bring to your attention Zephon's rather prominent necklace: it will be seen in Doctor Who again three years later hanging round the neck of the War Chief in the War Games, and it's by no means the only recycled prop or costume element we'll see.

So Celation must be the other new design, the spotty alien who's played by Ian East in this episode. The spotty appears again in later episodes but, and we have a surviving photo, looks slightly different. We know Celation is played by Terence Woodfield in in episodes 8 & 11, Volcano & Abandoned Planet, so that would agree.

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Trantis gets some lines in this episode and is credited as being played by recognisable Welsh actor Roy Evans both here and in episode 8 Volcano. Evans returns in the first two episodes of The Green Death as Bert and episodes 3 &4 of Monster of Peladon as a miner. If you look on imdb you'll see he's had a length career. In Mission to the Unknown it looks likely that another alien was identified as Trantis, but there is a similar looking alien, played by Johnnie Clayton, which had spikes projecting from his face whereas here he has some nasty looking teeth.

Malpha is credited here to "Brian Edwards" but that's just a pseudonym for well known actor Bryan Mosley, who goes on to play Alf Roberts in Coronation Street for many years. He also appears under the name "Buddy Windrush" as the Prop Man in episode 7: The Feast of Steven.

Years ago I had* a Starlord annual with an article on BBC effects in it. There was a picture of this Michelin Man like creature with a heavy veined face in the article labelled as being a Doctor Who monster but I didn't know where it came from. I now know that it's Malpha from Mission to the Unknown as played by Robert Cartland.

* possibly still have, it's a long story involving a missing box of books including all my Doctor Who annuals at my parents house!

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Beaus is played by Gerry Videl who was under instructions to wear black make up. Since the alien in the space suit was definitely played by a black actor, Sam Mansary, we can be pretty sure Beaus is the space suited alien. Apparently the helmet for this costume was made for the Pathfinders TV series and re-appears in Frontier in Space worn by the third Doctor!

That leaves us with Gearon, played by Jack Pitt, who by a process of elimination must be the alien in the black PVC Robe with the enclosed head. In Mission to the Unknown his costume was more white and worn by either Pat Gorman or Len Russell

My thanks to Andrew Pixley's Doctor Who magazine article and Delegate Detective for assistance.

This is the closest episode broadcast to to Doctor Who's second anniversary, the first episode being shown for the first time on 23rd November 1963. The day I originally blogged on this episode in 2011 Nicholas Courtney died aged 81.

Friday, 13 November 2015

091 The Daleks' Master Plan Episode 1: The Nightmare Begins

EPISODE: The Daleks' Master Plan Episode 1: The Nightmare Begins
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 13 November 1965
WRITER: Terry Nation
DIRECTOR: Douglas Camfield
PRODUCER: John Wiles
RATINGS: 9.1 million viewers
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection: No. 2

"I am honoured to be here, and to be part of your plan to conquer Earth and all the planets in the solar system."

The Tardis arrives on the Planet Kembel, which we saw in Mission to the Unknown, and the Doctor leaves the Tardis to seek medical for the wounded Steven whom he has left with Katarina. Nearby are two space Agents, Kurt Gantry and Bret Vyon seeking the missing Marc Cory. Gantry has been injured and Vyon tries in vain to contact their control. On Earth the communications staff watch a report about Mavic Chen, guardian of the solar system, who is leaving for a well deserved holiday and fail to see the communication light signalling. Gantry tells Vyon to leave him but soon after his friend's departure he is found by the Daleks and exterminated.

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Vyon finds the Doctor, knocking him out and taking the Tardis key. He demands Katarina and Steven take him off the planet but they can't work the Tardis and a briefly recovering Steven ends up knocking Vyon out. The Doctor returns and restrains Vyon before leaving again finding Cory's body and with it the tape that he made. He then witnesses the arrival of a Spaceship at the nearby city. The ship is bearing Mavic Chen who has come to join the Daleks' alliance. Returning to the Tardis he finds it surrounded by Daleks.

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We left the story in Kemble five weeks ago, before the trip to Troy, with the alien delegates assembling and the Earth agent who discovered their plot exterminated. The story picks up here, with no real need to have seen the previous episode as everything is quickly explained. But it delivers a huge shock: the leader of the solar system is in league with the Daleks!

We always like to make a fuss over prominent members of the supporting cast and in Doctor Who terms they don't get bigger than this. Ladies and Gentlemen, a big hand please for the great Nicholas Courtney, on Doctor Who debut here as Bret Vyon. He was born William Nicholas Stone Courtney on 16 December 1929 in Cairo, Egypt, the son of a British Diplomat, and educated in France, Kenya & Egypt. He took up acting during National Service and afterwards trained as an acting and then acted in repertory theatre in Northampton before moving to London and cracking television. As we've seen Douglas Camfield has a habit for reusing actors and liking his performance in The Daleks' Master Plan decided to cast him as Captain Knight in Camfield's next directed story, The Web of Fear. Events transpired otherwise and Courtney ended up playing a different part instead.....

Given that it's Nicholas Courtney playing him it is somewhat appropriate and fitting that Bret Vyon becomes the first supporting character in Doctor Who to enter the Tardis during this episode!

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Also featuring briefly playing Kurt Gantry at the start of the story is Brian Cant, shortly to find fame as the narrator of Camberwick Green, Trumpton & Chigley. By this point he was already appearing in Play School, the role that made him famous. He'll be back in Doctor Who a little later and he won't be the only member of the Play School team to guest star in the series..... (see also: Colin Jeavons, Chloe Ashcroft, Chris Tranchell and others) Brian's son Richard has appeared in the new series of Doctor Who as Malcolm Wainright in Blink.

Another of the Doctor Who greats makes a debut in this episode: Kevin Stoney, playing Mavic Chen. He'll be back in the Invasion (Camfield again) and Revenge of the Cybermen. His death was reported in 1985, but he appeared on stage at a Doctor Who convention in 1987, eventually passing away in 2008.

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Because it's a Dalek story we get back the familiar names assocxiated with the monsters: Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser, Gerald Taylor and John Scott Martin are inside the shells with Peter Hawkins & David Graham again supplying the voices. This episode, like most of the firsthalf of the serial, is written bytheir creator Terry Nation but directing them for the first time is Douglas Camfield who'd previously been assistant floor manager on An Unearthly Child & Marco Polo before directing the last episode of Planet of Giants and all of The Crusade & the Time Meddler.

One of the uncredited, bald headed, Technix is played by Hugh Cecil who joins with the ranks of Myth Makers extras by reappearing in The Massacre: The Sea Beggar as a Priest, The War Machines: Episode 3 as a Worker and Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 6. He was also in the Blake's 7 episode Ultraworld as a Menial and regularly played a platoon member in Dad's Army and a Transylvanian in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

In 1991, a mute copy of the pre-filmed inserts for the first two episodes of this story was discovered on 35mm film in a film can in the BBC archive, which were later combined with the soundtrack. For this episode we see shots of Gantry in the jungle and his extermination, the Tardis materialising and Chen's Spaceship landing at the Dalek City. Due to the high quality of the film stock they remain some of the clearest views we have of the Hartnell era and the Daleks.

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This footage has also been colourised by YouTube's Babelcolour and BBC Engineer James Russell and included as part of The Dalek Tapes featurette on the Genesis of the Daleks DVD.

Friday, 6 November 2015

090 The Myth Makers Part 4: Horse of Destruction

EPISODE: The Myth Makers Part 4: Horse of Destruction
TRANSMITTED: 06 November 1965
WRITER: Donald Cotton
DIRECTOR: Michael Leeston
PRODUCER: John Wiles
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection: No. 1 (1964-1965)

"It's the Greeks! They were inside the horse and our gates are open to the enemy!"

Vicki rescues Steven from the dungeon but they are both found by Katarina, one of Cassandra's hand maidens who has been sent to find Vicki by her Mistress. They hide Steven while Vicki find Troilus and dupes him to leave the city to hunt for Steven. However Troilus finds Achilles and the Greek warriors and is injured. The Greeks in the horse emerge, open the gates to their brethren and proceed to sack Troy. Odysseus slays Priam and Paris, but the captive Cassandra curses him to spend ten years, the length of the Trojan war, wandering before he can return home. Steven is injured while fighting a Trojan who is taken to the Tardis by Katarina while Vicki slips away. Odysseus finds the Doctor trying to slip away and argues with him: he is amazed as the Tardis dematerialises and wonders if the Doctor was Zeus after all. Vicki finds Troilus who is distraught at his city's destruction. They are in turn found by his cousin Aeneas with reinforcements who helps spirit them away. Inside the Tardis Steven's wound is causing his condition to worsen. Katarina is amazed at her surroundings. She believes she has died and is journeying to the afterlife.

The conclusion to the story gets a lot more serious with the inevitable sack of Troy (I had an English teacher who'd not heard of the verb sack in relation to a city!) so this episode gets a trifle confusing without the pictures. It doesn't help that Steven's shoulder injury is sustained offscreen and Vicki's parting from the Doctor is also unseen. With no telesnaps we have little idea of what this episode looks like save for a brief few moments of 8mm offscreen footage depicting the Doctor's reaction to Vicki's departure:

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DOCTOR: And remember Katarina, you must call me Doctor.
KATARINA: Oh, as you wish Doc.
DOCTOR: I'm not a Doc. I am not a god. Oh, my dear Vicki, I hope you'll be all right. I shall miss you child.
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All the 8mm clips from this story can be found on Doctor Who - Lost In Time.

Maureen O'Brien, who played Vicki, had fallen out with Producer John Wiles during the production of Galaxy 4, the final full story in the second recording block. Her departure upset Hartnell and didn't help his relationship with Wiles. Her acting career since was a little sporadic with her most major role being Elizabeth Straker in Casualty.

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Her replacement was hand maiden Katarina, played by Adrienne Hill. Like Troilus she's introduced into the story late in the day which makes you wonder how late in the day the decision to introduce her, and thus write out Vicki, was. The concept of a companion from the past is a good one however, later visited to good effect during Patrick Troughton's years as Doctor Who. Here however the Production Team decided against it almost as soon as she appeared on screen and thus she had to go.

For many years we had no episode featuring Katarina: she doesn't even appear onscreen in the brief clip above and the only footage of her we had was a brief clip from her final episode, The Dalek Masterplan 4: The Traitors. However in 2004 one of the episodes between this one and those was recovered.

Given the amount of action in this episode it's no surprise to see Derek Ware on the uncredited Extras list as a Trojan Soldier and Fight Arranger. The crowd scenes require a few new extras among which we have Ralph Carrigan who is another to return in The Ark appearing credited as Monoid Two in episode 3: The Return, in The Macra Terror: Episode 4 as a Cheerleader, The Mind Robber episodes 1, 4 & 5 as a Robot and The Invasion: Episodes 6, 7 & 8 as a Cyberman (as Ralph Carrigon). Roy Douglas is also in The Ark appearing in the first two episodes, The Steel Sky & The Plague as a Guardian.

In fact the same stories keep popping up on the CVs of extras in this serial: The Massacre, The Ark, The War Machines, The Invasion and The Silurians. Here's a list of the extras from this story, who they played here and which episodes of the other stories they appeared in:

Actor Role Myth Makers The Massacre The Ark The War Machines The Invasion The Silurians
Derek Chafer Greek Soldier 1, 3 & 4 4     6 3
John Freeman Greek Soldier 1, 3 2, 4        
Pat Gorman Greek Soldier 1, 3 & 4 2   3 4, 6, 7 & 8 2-7
Peter Roy Greek Soldier 1, 3       1 6
Eric Blackburn Extra 2   1-4      
David Greneau Extra 2   1      
Walter Henry Extra 2         6
Michael Osborne Extra 2   3, 4      
Darroll Richards Extra 2 1        
Jack Rowlands Extra 2     1    
Cara Stevens Trojan Woman 2         1, 2
Doreen Ubels Trojan Woman 2     4    
Peter Day Trojan Soldier 3 1   3, 4    
Steve Pokol Trojan Soldier 3     3, 4    
Mike Reid Greek Soldier 3   4 3, 4    
Donald Symons Trojan Soldier 3     3    
Norton Clarke Greek Soldier 3 & 4   3     1
Ralph Carrigan Extra 4   3   6-8  
Roy Douglas Extra 4 1, 2        

Actually mentioning where I went to school has reminded me that this episode is a real contender for the "Episode shot closest to where I did my Secondary Education" award (Greycourt School, Ham Street, Ham, TW10 7HN). Model shots involving the wooden horse were filmed at the Polo Club in Petersham about half a mile from the school. Unfortunately no footage of the horse remains for us to go "I recognise that" with. Fortunately I say contender for the award because another story films about half a mile away in the opposite direction! If you're interested in finding what Doctor Who story was filmed near you then visit and enter your postcode there. Now you see why I gave the school's full address! For a lot more locations round where I used to live see Invasion of the Dinosaurs.

A line of the Doctor's in this episode jumped out at me. While inside the horse he's talking to Odysseus:

DOCTOR: How you can sit there so peacefully defeats me. Have you no feelings, no emotions?
I wonder if Kit Pedler & Gerry Davis were watching?

I've enjoyed The Myth Makers whenever I've listened to it but somehow it never really clicks for me like Reign of Terror and The Smugglers do. Probably mid table in my ranking of the historical stories.

Having done Greek Mythology for real here, Doctor Who then applies the Malcolm Hulke rule ("All you need to work in Television is a good idea. It doesn't necessarily have to be *YOUR* good idea") and "lovingly homages" the stories in many future tales doing The Minotaur in The Time Monster, Odysseus in Underworld and the Minotaur again in Horns of the Nimon (which is great and I will not have a word said against it). 2 Entertain, not wanting to miss any opportunity for a boxset, have released these three together on DVD as Doctor Who - Myths And Legends which is still hovering near retail price due to being a recent release.

The Myth Makers, novelised by it's original author Donald Cotton, is thought to be one of the most original and best of the Target Doctor Who Novels when it was released in 1985. Cotton uses Homer, the writer of the Iliad & Odyssey, as the narrator for the story who was present at the events even though he's not in the televised version. Incredibly, as book release number 97, it was the first story released from Hartnell's third season! It was placed very highly in a survey run by Doctor Who Magazine for the show's 40th anniversary and is now available as an audiobook. The episodes soundtrack, none of the episodes existing any more on film, was first released by itself as Doctor Who: The Myth Makers and has been re-released as the final story in Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection: No. 1 (1964-1965).