Doctor Who News Episode 3 of 1965 Doctor Who serial Galaxy 4 has recently been found!

Published on December 11th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who Classics Recovered!

Episode 3 of 1965 Doctor Who serial Galaxy 4 has recently been found!

So where can we begin? Doctor Who fans of all ages should be rejoicing at the return of two almost complete episodes, part three of Galaxy 4 and part two of The Underwater Menace, episodes both thought long since destroyed.

Lost in time, basically.

Thanks to Terry Burnett, a former TVS (once the ITV franchise for Southampton and the south coast) engineer, these episodes were bought at a school fete in the early 1980s and recently passed onto Radio Times’ head of heritage Ralph Montagu whose role it is to maintain relations with local film enthusiasts around the country.

Says Burnett:

“In the mid-80s, an electrician at TVS was organising a school fête over Marchwood way [near Southampton].

“Everybody down there knew I was a film buff, and he just mentioned to me, ‘I’ve got a box of films if you’re interested.’ So I said, ‘Bring ’em in.’ We did a suitable deal, I took them home and found two Doctor Whos among them. I cleaned them up, showed them in my ‘old Hollywood’ [home cinema] and then they went into my archive. There they stayed until I mentioned them to Ralph.”

Episode 2 of 1967 Doctor Who serial The Underwater Menace has recently been found!Discovered in October, everything stayed underwraps until today when a gathering of pre-eminent Doctor Who fans at the BFI raised suspicions, soon heightened further by the BBC’s Twitter feed announcing an early Christmas for fans. The British Film Institute’s ‘Missing Believed Wiped’ events are renowned for turning up the goods, but this is a particularly juicy prize for Whovians, and delivered to the world with obvious relish by Mark Gatiss this evening before an audience that included Doctor Who Magazine editor Tom Spilsbury, former editors Gary Gillatt and Clayton Hickman, regular contributor Jason Arnopp and even TV scriptwriters Rob Shearman and Gareth Roberts!

And what a gift it is!

While some long-term Doctor Who fans might have been waiting for The Reign of Terror or the missing episodes of The Daleks’ Master Plan, the reality is that there are over 100 episodes of 1960s Doctor Who currently missing. Although missing episodes of 1965′s Galaxy 4 and 1967′s The Underwater Menace were unlikely to be high on anyone’s wishlist, we’re lucky to finally get the chance to see what are for most fans new episodes.

Galaxy 4 is a First Doctor serial starring William Hartnell, Maureen O’Brien as Vicky and Peter Purves as Steven Taylor, one that somehow escaped audio recording and telesnap archiving; little is known about the story although Peter Purves has been critical of it in the past. The plot centres on some rather unwieldy robots known as Chumblies, their masters the Rill and the female Drahvin warriors, and takes place against the backdrop of war for war’s sake. Here’s a scene from the episode, “Air Lock”.

Meanwhile The Underwater Menace is a story renowned for the slightly OTT/camp performance of Joseph Furst as mad scientist Professor Zaroff. Starring Patrick Troughton in an early performance as the Second Doctor, the story features the short-lived grouping of Michael Craze as Ben, Anneke Wills as Polly and Fraser Hines as Jamie McCrimmon. As the story suggests, it is set beneath the ocean and pits the Doctor into a battle of minds against the insane plans of Zaroff to raise Atlantis and destroy Earth.
Much more is known about this serial; until now only episode three existed. With episode two now ready to be restored, you can take a look at what was recovered below.

So what happens next?

Well once the evening’s celebratory hangovers have subsided, work will continue on restoring the episodes, which are in need of restoration thanks to problems such as tramlines, worn sprocket wobbles and cuts made to placate censors by Australia’s ABC network, where the prints originate.

Many fans will recall that the last missing Doctor Who episode to be recovered in full was 1965′s “Day of Armageddon” – part of The Daleks’ Master Plan – back in 2004. This found its way onto the Lost in Time DVD and it seems likely that these new finds will form a sequel DVD during 2012.

Many more details can be found on the Radio Times website.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




9 Responses to Doctor Who Classics Recovered!

  1. avatar nicholas says:

    Arrrgh, I live out of the UK (Australia, actually), so can’t view the clips. Someone get these up on YouTube, stat!

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    IMO, the Beeb should add one recovered episode as an extra in an upcoming related doctor DVD. Say, add ep 2 of Underwater Menace to The Krotons and maybe the ep of Galaxy 4 to an upcoming Hartnell DVD release. I figure, let’s get these out there so they can be seen. You obviously never know when they’ll find a new one and this event makes me think that there indeed may be others out there.

  3. avatar Chris says:

    I’m pretty excited to see Troughton’s gypsy shenanigans in motion!

  4. avatar gavinio says:

    Your story says “Galaxy 4 is a First Doctor serial starring William Hartnell, Maureen O’Brien as Vicky and Peter Purves as Steven Taylor, one that somehow escaped audio recording and telesnap archiving; little is known about the story although Peter Purves has been critical of it in the past. The plot centres on some rather unwieldy robots known as Chumblies, their masters the Rill and the female Drahvin warriors, and takes place against the backdrop of war for war’s sake.”

    If no audio recording of Galaxy 4 exists I then have to wonder what the commercially released CD labelled Galaxy 4 is in my Doctor Who CD collection!

    This is great news though even if a part of me was then screaming “Why couldn’t one of them have been part 4 of The Tenth Planet?” Looking forward to seeing them both on DVD at some point in the future.

  5. avatar Francis Cave says:

    Well I am gobsmacked!!

    I would be the first one to put some fan’s comments that “there MUST be more lost episodes out there!” as deluded ravings.

    I am very very pleased to be proved wrong ! *

    * Even if the episodes are not Tenth Planet Four and Power of the Daleks 1.

  6. avatar Cosmic Hobo says:

    I saw all of the missing episodes when they were originally transmitted and the stories I’d most like to see again 40 odd years later are Power Of The Daleks,Evil Of The Daleks and The Web Of Fear.The brilliant Pat Troughton in three of the greatest stories in the show’s history.Am I alone in thinking the BBC braindead who took the decision to junk them should be indicted for crimes against humanity?

  7. avatar Elton Townend Jones says:

    I sa these on Sunday and I think many will be surprised at how ‘busy’ Troughton’s performance is and how truly funny – something that was clearly toned down quite quickly. As to Maaga in Galaxy Four, her icy performance, which moves from camera to camera in vivid close ups as she delivers a sadistic soliloquy, really ought to elevate her into the Top Ten of Doctor Who villains; I was actually blown away by her faultless performance.

  8. avatar gavinio says:

    I wonder now that half of The Underwater Menace is back in the archive whether we may see episodes 1 and 4 animated? That way the whole story could be put out onto DVD with Galaxy 4 Ep 3 as one of the bonus features.

  9. avatar David says:

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

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