Friday, 25 April 2014

023 The Keys of Marinus Episode 3: The Screaming Jungle

EPISODE: The Keys of Marinus Episode 3: The Screaming Jungle
OVERALL EPISODE NUMBER: 023
STORY NUMBER: 005
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 25 April 1964
WRITER: Terry Nation
DIRECTOR: John Gorrie
SCRIPT EDITOR: David Whitaker
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 9.9 million viewers
FORMAT: DVD: DVD: Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus

"It's coming again. The jungle is coming. When the whispering starts, it's death, I tell you. Death!"

Since the last episode ended in woodland with screaming I'm hoping that this episode title lives up to it's billing.

The noise Susan's heard has vanished. They find some walls overgrown with vegetation but can't force their way through the archway. Ian, Altos and Sabitha try to find another entrance and while Barbara examines the arch Susan is attacked by the plants. Barbara forces her way through the arch and finds a statue which has the key on it. As she removes the key the statue grabs her and rotates into the wall.

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The statue rotates back but it's arms are open and empty. Thinking Barbara may have used her travel dial Altos & Susan travel on ahead while Ian & Sabitha see if they can rescue Barbara. However they discover the Key that Barbara found and dropped is a fake. Sabitha goes to find the others and tell them what has happened leaving Ian to set off the statue trap again. He finds himself in a courtyard where he is attacked by a suit of armour and then finds Barbara who tells him the place is booby trapped. While Ian looks for something to force a door it opens for Barbara who enters and is trapped by a net under some slowly descending spikes. A cloaked figure releases her from the trap. He doesn't believe she has come from Arbitan and takes her travel dial but is then grabbed by the plants.

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Ian frees him with a sword. The man says the jungle is coming and urges them to leave. As he dies he gives Ian a code to find the key and warns them of the whispering in the darkness. They find a safe but the code doesn't work so they commence a search. As they search it gets dark outside and the noises Susan heard start. Plants start to push their way through the walls. They realise the code is a chemical formula and that the key was hidden in a jar. They use their travel discs to leave but find themselves on a snowy landscape completely exposed.

The noises and the moving plants were great but the statue was obviously someone with his arms poked through the scenery. If it wasn't five years in the future when this was made I'd swear I was just watching an unused Scooby Doo script! But I don't think we need to look terribly hard to find the source for this episodes, it's various threats and indeed the whole story: this is a 40s adventure serial like Flash Gordon which Terry Nation would almost certainly have seen when he was younger: I recall watching them from BBC2 showing in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

This episode and the next are missing William Hartnell who has a scheduled holiday. The companions will all take breaks over the subsequent stories setting a pattern that will continue through the arduous recording schedules of the show in the 60s which aired for 40+ weeks a year.

The man, unidentified by name in the episode but revealed to be Darrius in the end credits, is played by Edmund Warwick. He later doubles for William Hartnell, following an injury to Hartnell, in the Dalek Invasion of Earth and then returns in The Chase episodes 4 & 5: Journey Into Terror & the Death of Doctor Who as the Dalek's Robot Doctor. Returning from episode 1 Martin Cort who is the the axe wielding warrior here.

Friday, 18 April 2014

022 The Keys of Marinus Episode 2: The Velvet Web

EPISODE: The Keys of Marinus Episode 2: The Velvet Web
OVERALL EPISODE NUMBER: 022
STORY NUMBER: 005
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 18 April 1964
WRITER: Terry Nation
DIRECTOR: John Gorrie
SCRIPT EDITOR: David Whitaker
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 9.4 million viewers
FORMAT: DVD: DVD: Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus

"Take them to their laboratory. In four hours we will give them the final exposure to the mesmerant. They will be completely subjugated."

From the title, I'm expecting Spiders. Do I get them?

The travellers, looking for Barbara, open the doors behind them and, after seeing a pulsating light and hearing a matching noise, find themselves in a Roman like palatial setting. Ian is hesitant to eat, they find themselves the guests of the contented city of Morphoton. As they sleep a woman places a disk on their foreheads. Barbara awakes to the flashing light, and falls into a very deep sleep from which she is slow to wake. Barbara awakes and sees a very different room: all run down. Her drinking glass is a dirty mug and Susan's new dress is dirty rags. Their host, Altos offers to help Barbara but she runs off and hides. Altos reports to his masters - disembodied brains, with eyes on stalks, held in jars. The TARDIS crew are being exposed to the mesmertron but Barbara has seen the truth and must be destroyed. Barbara finds the serving woman who is to be punished for not placing the discs properly. The Doctor is taken to a room he believes is an advanced laboratory but we see is an empty room. The serving girl has something on a chain round her neck that Barbara recognises. She asks her if she knows Arbitan: she is Sabitha, Arbitan's missing daughter. Barbara finds Ian, but he is under the brains control. They need the humans as slaves. Their eyes recoil as Barbara smashes their machinery and the jars freeing everyone in the city from their control. Altos too is one of Arbitan's servants: he will travel with the Doctor. Sabitha has the first key round her neck. The Doctor will travel on in search of Altos' friend who was looking for the fourth key. Susan teleports ahead and finds herself in a woodland setting filled with odd screaming noises.

No Spiders then. But what a cracking episode! Decent plot. The Morphotron Brains were a great effect, we didn't see enough of them especially from the front. The way that they pulsed in time to a heart beat was really creepy! There's some colour photos on the DVD photo gallery and in colour they look jaw dropingly great.

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In fact there's colour shots of the whole episode and it really looks superb.

Another decent effect is the use of the set in pristine and decayed condition as it cuts from the point of view of everyone looking at Barbara to her looking back at them - note the tattered remains in Susan's hands that she thinks is a beautiful new dress:

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You can see a bit clearer the difference in a pair of longer shots:

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This episode introduces the two main guest characters for the series: Sabitha is played by Katherine Schofield. She later appeared in another Verity Lambert production, The Naked Civil Servant, as Mrs Pole. Her friend Altos is played by Robin Philips. The Voice of Morpho is provided by Heron Karvic who'd worked in film and TV since the thirties. This is his final credited appearance.

Hmmmm. I've really enjoyed both of these episodes, and that doesn't match my recollections of the story. Does it make that much difference watching one episode at a time or are there some dodgy episodes to come?

Friday, 11 April 2014

021 The Keys of Marinus Episode 1: The Sea of Death

EPISODE: The Keys of Marinus Episode 1: The Sea of Death
OVERALL EPISODE NUMBER: 021
STORY NUMBER: 005
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 11 April 1964
WRITER: Terry Nation
DIRECTOR: John Gorrie
SCRIPT EDITOR: David Whitaker
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 9.9 million viewers
FORMAT: DVD: DVD: Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus

"If you help me find the keys of Marinus, I will let you have access to your machine when you have delivered all the keys to me. If not, you will stay on the island without food or water. The choice is yours!"

On an island, surrounded by sea, stands a pyramid.

We're halfway through Doctor Who Season 1! This is episode 21 of 42!

We're also back on DVD so we have visuals again. There's a distinct break between this story and the last, with no reprise of action form the previous story. Oooh, Terry Nation (write of the Daleks) is back writing this one!
The Tardis lands on the sea shore.
That's the first time we see the Tardis materialise from the outside!
Ian thinks he can see something moving, as some odd one man submarines land nearby. One of them moves sluggishly behind the others and lands further down the beach closer to to the Tardis. Susan is fascinated by stillness of the water.
"Is it frozen?"
"No,impossible in this temperature. Besides it's too warm."
An odd figure in a black body/wet suit watches the party from the Tardis. The shore is glass, not sand on this odd world. Susan wants to go paddling in a rock pool but Barbara knocks her shoe in and it dissolves revealing that the liquid from the sea is acid! The black clad figure examines the Tardis. The Doctor finds the submarines.
Goodness Billy is fluffing like a good un this episode!
Susan finds webbed footprints, and as she leaves the figure is revealed. The others find a damaged craft beached by the acid with another black suit in there. They prod at the suit.
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I remember that picture from an old Doctor Who weekly Crazy Caption competition!

They make for the Pyramid structure, Susan is already there exploring but observed by one of the dark clad beings. He draws a knife to threaten her but is dragged through a concealed door.
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Look closely as the door opens - you can very briefly see one of the effects crew operating it!

The odd shape buttresses supporting the structure have a very similar shape to the Dalek city corridors a few stories back.

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That's possibly not so surprising as this is a second Doctor who story for the designer on the Daleks: Ray Cusick.

Barbara mentions the building techniques as being similar to those used by the Indians of central and southern America: a little foreshadowing of setting for the next tale, The Aztecs, perhaps just as the French Revolution book in the opening episode of An Unearthly Child looks towards the last story this season.

Susan is pulled through a door and screams alerting the others. The Doctor likewise vanishes. Susan walks along a corridor, sees a white robed figure but is then attacked by one of the black clad strangers who falls dead with a knife in it's back. Ian vanishes and then finally Barbara falls through the doors. Ian finds the body while Barbara is reunited with Susan & the Doctor. The white robed figure wrestles with another black suited attacker but is saved by Ian who pushes him down a shaft into some acid. The man thanks Ian and tells him the attackers are the Voord who have returned to attack where he lives after many years away and releases the others. The man takes them to The Conscience of Marinus, a huge crystal machine.
Ooooo, that's a Lovely set!

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The Conscience of Marinus which has been used to influence the inhabitants and eliminate evil & violence on Marinus, the planet they are on. To protect the machine from Yartek, the Voord leader who wishes to use it for evil, Four of the Five keys to the machine have been scattered and hidden. Yartek has developed technology to protect the Voord from the machine's influence. Now the keys are needed to use the machine which has been modified to overcome the Voord's protection. All of the man's followers, including his daughter, have vanished trying to find the keys. He wants the Doctor and his friends to find the keys. They refuse and leave but find a force barrier round the TARDIS, which has been erected by Arbitan, the robed man in the citadel
Ian calls his name but I swear we've not heard it before! I've checked the transcript at http://www.chakoteya.net/doctorwho/1-5.htm and that would seem to be the case!

Arbitan is played by actor George Coulouris. It's his one and only Doctor Who appearance in a long TV and film career that included two of the Pathfinders serials.

Arbitan forces them to help him. The Doctor describes the situation as outrageous. He refuses to travel in the subs but Arbitan says he has a better mode of transport in mind and passes them all a bracelet that will move them through Space (but not time unlike the Tardis) at the twist of the dial.
Oooh, do I see Blake's Seven's teleport bracelets 14 years too early? Terry Nation, as we shall see, was always good at recycling ideas.
Arbitan urges them to destroy the keys if they find the Voord have taking the building on their return. The travellers vanish and Arbitan is promptly slain by a Voord. Ian, Susan and the Doctor materialise and find Barbara's travel dial with blood on it.

That was a cracking episode! Up until the point the explanations start that's probably the best the series has been so far. A real sense of mystery and menace to their surroundings. Loved it. It sets the series up nicely and forces the travellers involvement in the story by separating them from the Tardis and this time there's no Tardis malfunction involved. Essentially Arbitan is blackmailing them to force their co-operation! It's only by completing his quest will they regain their ship and that in turn gives structure to the rest of the story.

There are three actors used for Voord in this episode: Gordon Wales, who we won't see again, and Martin Cort & Peter Stenson , who we will. Cort is in episode 3 The Screaming Jungle as a Warrior while Stenson is in episode 4 The Snows of Terror as an Ice Solider. Both are in episode 5 Sentence of Death as Aydan and the Second Judge respectively before both reprise their Voord roles in episode 6 The Keys of Marinus. They aren't the only actors in this serial to play multiple roles either! Cort returns to Doctor Who as Locke in the first two episode of The Seeds Of Death. Cort and Stenson, having met on this serial, remain friends to this day and are interviewed together on Toby Hadoke's Who's Round episode 11 where Peter Stenson reveals himself to be the Voord that trips over in the episode while Cort reveals why he doesn't appear in episode 4 as an Ice Soldier as planned! You can see both interviewed on the "I Was A Doctor Who Monster" video tape.

First and only time Doctor Who producer John Gorrie is also Toby Hadoke's Who's Round episode 11 and speaks of his reluctance to direct for the show! Soon after Marinus he moves from the Series & Serials department to plays and doesn't get the chance to direct for the series again.

Friday, 4 April 2014

020 Marco Polo Episode 7: Assassin At Peking

EPISODE: Marco Polo Episode 7: Assassin At Peking
OVERALL EPISODE NUMBER: 020
STORY NUMBER: 004
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 04 April 1964
WRITER: John Lucarotti
DIRECTOR: Waris Hussein
SCRIPT EDITOR: David Whitaker
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 10.4 million viewers
FORMAT: CD Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection: (1964-1965)

"What do we owe?"
"Er, thirty-five elephants with ceremonial bridles, trappings, brocades and pavilions. Four thousand white stallions, and twenty-five tigers."
"That's not too bad, so far."
"And the sacred tooth of Buddha Which Polo brought over from India."
"Oh, that? What else? What more?"
"I'm very much afraid all the commerce from Burma for one year, sire."

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Right, part 7.

Ian and Tegana argue but the Khan's courier arrives, confiscates their weapons and escort them to Peking. The Doctor and the Khan have already arrived and is playing his new friend at Backgammon and drinking tea. Lovely list of items given that they have gambled away! The Doctor tries to gamble for the TARDIS, but loses. Ian tells their story to Marco Polo including the tale of Tegana's treachery. Ping Cho discovers she is to be married in the morning but isn't at all happy. Tegana tries to turn the Khan against the travellers. Later after the banquet, the Khan confesses to Ping Cho that her husband to be expired over dinner! Ping Cho elects to stay a while with the Khan. Tegana obtains an audience with the Khan, but then travellers deduce that he intends to assassinate the Khan. They evade their guard, meet Marco and tell him what Tegana intends. Polo goes to the throne room where Tegana and the Khan meet. Tegana attacks, slaying the Khan's Vizier but Marco arrives and fights him. Polo wins as the guards arrive, but Tegana slays himself. Marco gives the Doctor the TARDIS keys and they leave, dematerialising in front of the Khan who is astonished by what he sees. Realising what Ian said was true Marco wonders if they have gone to the past or the future.

POLO: I'm sorry, my lord. I had to give them back their flying caravan.
KHAN: If you hadn't, the old man would have won it at backgammon. And it is true. A flying caravan. There's something for you to tell your friends in Venice.
POLO: No, my lord. They would not believe half the things that I have seen in Cathay. But what is the truth? I wonder where they are now? The past or the future?
Oooo, that's a fab monologue at the end. A great episode where everything comes together: Tegana's plan is revealed, but he is slain failing to carry it out. Ping Cho escapes from her arranged marriage and the Tardis crew finally get the ship back!

At Seven parts Marco Polo is one of the longer Doctor Who stories, and is the longest historical story. There's one other six part historical story during this season but in the next three series, until they were phased out, historical stories are confined to four episodes. I found Marco Polo a bit of a slog in places, and a little bit up and down, but what long Doctor Who story isn't? It's a little bit repetitive too with recurring scenes of the travellers trying to get the Tardis back, discovering evidence of Teganna's treachery and Marco not believing them. But it is all going somewhere and the constantly changing situation and background mitigates against this. I've listened to this four times now: once on initial release, once for the first go at the blog, then this time all in one go on a train journey to London and then episodically again with the telesnaps and looking at the notes I made before. I suspect this would definitely be served by having the film to go with the sound. I've seen the photos and telesnaps for this story now: it looks superb and the telesnaps have helped me get a better feel of what's happening. I'm still less keen on the historical stories, though several (Reign of Terror, Romans, Myth Makers, Gunfighters and Smugglers) have grown on me a lot recently. I think this has to be added to the plus pile, it gets better every time I hear it. As for the historical accuracy.... well Polo existed as did the Khan but the rest of it is entirely fictional.

Oddly on the first ride out for the blog we finished the missing stories with marathoning the last four episodes of The Space Pirates on a train journey from Swindon to London. It was doing the same journey that I listened to Marco Polo: I heard episode one on Swindon station and concluded episode 7 as I walked up the road to my Mum's house.

This episode features the only appearance of The Empress, played by Claire Davenport. Her most famous role is as dancer Yarna d'al' Gargan in the Jabba's Palace scenes in Return of the Jedi. She's the second actor from this serial to appear in that film: Arnold Lee, a Mongol Warrior in episode 2, plays Rayc Ryjerd

One of the odd pieces of information we have about this episode is how much each of the major cast got paid for it:

William Hartnell The Doctor 210
William Russell Ian Chesterton 147
Jacqueline Hill Barbara Wright £99.15s
Carole Ann Ford Susan Foreman 63
Mark Eden Marco Polo £68.5s
Derren Nesbitt Teganna 84
Zienia Merton Ping-Cho £36.15s
Martin Miller Kublai-Khan 84
Claire Davenport The Empress 42
Tutte Lemkow Kuiju 63
Peter Lawrence Vizier 42
Paul Carson Ling-Tau £36.15s

As you can see there's a huge difference between the four regulars!

And while we're mentioning actors...... This is the last time that Douglas Camfield fulfils the Production Assistant role on Doctor Who. He'll be elevated to Director shortly, and becomes Doctor Who's best director. So here's a list of those who appeared in this production who he reuses at a later date:

Story Episode Actor Part Marco Polo
The Crusade 1 The Lion David Anderson Reynier de Marun 5 Caravan Warrior
7 Palace Guard
Valentino Musetti Saracen Warrior 5 Mongol Bandit
2 The Knight of Jaffa Zohra Segal Sheyrah 1 Attendant to Ping-Cho
2
3
Gábor Baraker Luigi Ferrigo 5 Wang-Lo
6
3 The Wheel of Fortune David Brewster Turkish Bandit 5 Mongol Bandit
4 The War-Lords Tutte Lemkow Ibrahim 5 Kuiju
6
7
The Time Meddler 1 The Watcher David Anderson Sven 5 Caravan Warrior
2 The Meddling Monk
3 A Battle of Wits 7 Palace Guard
4 Checkmate
The Dalek Masterplan 9 Golden Death David Anderson Egyptian Warrior 5 Caravan Warrior
7 Palace Guard
David Brewster Egyptian Warrior 5 Mongol Bandit
Valentino Musetti Egyptian Warrior 5 Mongol Bandit

This is last appearance directing Doctor Who for Waris Hussein who worked on the first story, and episode, as well as this tale. Hussein has gone on to have a very successful career directing. He, like Camfield, was invited to direct the show's 20th anniversary story but declined. You can hear him interviewed about his experiences directing Doctor Who on Toby Hadoke's Who's Round #6.

Meanwhile writer John Lucarotti will be back with just one story's gap to pen The Aztecs!

As we've said Marco Polo is seven parts long which is a slightly unusual length for a Doctor Who story. There are plenty of Six and Four part stories and a few Two and Three parters. At the small end of the scale there's just two single episode stories: Mission to the Unknown and the 90 minute Five Doctors anniversary special. Three Five part stories exist - The Dominators & The Mind Robber from the Sixth season and The Daemons from the Eighth. Two of Doctor Who's Seven parters are in the First season and we've done those already - The Daleks & Marco Polo. We don't see the next one for another three years until Evil of the Daleks closes the Fourth seasons. The Seventh season is, bar it's Four part opener, almost entirely comprised of 3 Seven Part stories: The Silurians, The Ambassadors of Death & Inferno - the last of which pulls a very clever trick to stretch it's story to that many episodes. Season Six has both an Eight parter - The Invasion - and a Ten Parter - The War Games, while season Three featured the long time record holder, in the Twelve part epic The Dalek Masterplan. Officially the record is now held by season Twenty Three's mammoth Fourteen part A Trial Of A Timelord but you can argue that this is a) 3xFour part stories and 1xTwo part stories and B) rubbish. Actually it's just occurred to me I'm going to have to watch Trial again. Oh dear. Three times in one lifetime was enough!

Marco Polo was novelised by it's original author in 1985 and released on 11th April. A CD version was released on 3rd November 2003. There hasn't been a DVD release because these 7 episodes are missing from the BBC archive but a condensed reconstruction of the story and an extensive photo gallery are available on the Edge of Destruction DVD in The Beginning Boxset

Missing Episodes 7) Is that it?

When we left Ian Levine at the archives there were 137 episodes of Doctor Who missing.

When I wrote the original version of this episode in 2010 I continued thus:

Today there are 108. However it's been nearly seven years since the last complete episode of Doctor Who was recovered (Dalek Masterplan 2: The Day of Armageddon in January 2004). So is that it? Maybe. All the broadcasters who showed Doctor Who have been contacted and say they don't have any older episodes remaining in their archives.
As we know that's changed since then. Today there's 97 missing episodes: Galaxy Four episode 3: Airlock and The Underwater Menace episode 2 were returned from a private collector in 2011 and unveiled at that year's Missing Believed Wiped conference. Then, following much rumour, the BBC announced to considerable media attention that Enemy of the World episodes 1, 2 & 4 to 6 and Web of Fear 2 & 4 to 6 had been found in Nigeria thanks to the efforts of Phil Morris.

I ask again: is that it? and this time reply almost certainly not. Morris has visited numerous sites in Africa and it's quite possible he's found something else. The station that had Enemy of the World & Web of Fear should of had Abominable Snowmen & Wheel in Space too. A set of prints of this story, Marco Polo, and the missing episodes of Reign of Terror & the Crusade were known to have been last shown in Ethiopia with their fate not known. And it's possible even that the long thought destroyed film archive in Sierra Leone may still exist.... and if it does within it might be a set of Season 3 prints. Exciting times for Doctor Who fans with far more hope, and far more rumours, than there has been in many years.

Beyond that .....things do get mislabelled, put in the wrong tin etc - for many years there was a film can of Day of Armageddon in existence and nobody knew what had happened to it's contents. There are other film tins labelled as Doctor Who that didn't have the right episodes in: Moonbase episode 3, Ice Warriors 3 and Fury from the Deep 6 have all had cans discovered over the years. Did the contents of these tins walk out the door of the BBC, or other broadcaster, and into the hands of private collectors. Mind you if a private collector has got any missing Doctor Who then he's keeping very quiet about it. There again, to use Day of Armageddon again, that had sat in a bag hung on someone's door for years! Similarly the man who returned Galaxy Four episode 3: Airlock and Underwater Menace episode 2 had no idea that the films he held were missing!

There's a few oddities in the records as well: What happened to Dalek Masterplan 4: The Traitors after the BBC used it? What was the fate of Tenth Planet 4? (which has had more rumours about it's existence than any other episode) What happened to the episodes that were , according to the records, in the film library when a documentary was made in the 1970s but had vanished when Ian Levine looked? An error on the records or did they go walkies? In many cases we'll never know. But the rumour, lack of complete records of destruction and in several cases the survival of a film print that was definitely destroyed will keep Doctor Who fans & professionals looking for missing episodes. Who knows what they might find?

Those interested in the subject are directed to Wiped! Doctor Who's Missing Episodes by Richard Molesworth which is a great read and I have been indebted to while writing these articles.

Marco Polo represents the bulk of the missing episodes from series 1 and 2 of Doctor Who: apart from this story the only Reign of Terror 4 & 5 and Crusade 2 & 4 are missing meaning that just 11 of the first 81 episodes of Doctor Who are absent. It won't be until season 3 that we'll see a 7 episode gap in the archive again (Galaxy Four episode 4 through to Dalek Masterplan 1). In some ways it's a miracle that the earliest episodes are so well represented!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Derek Martinus

As you'll probably be aware veteran Doctor Who director Derek Martinus died this week following a long illness (BBC Obituary and Toby Hadoke's Obituary in The Guardian). His death comes less than two months after fellow 60s veteran Chriostopher Barry (Guardian Obituary).

I thought I'd dig out some of Derek Martinus' work to watch and watched Galaxy 4 episode 3: Airlock, some of Tenth Planet 1 & 2, Evil of the Daleks 2 and Spearhead from Space. While doing this a few things struck me:

Derek Martinus seems to have been handed some of the more historically important directing jobs in Doctor: he handles the first appearance of the Cybermen, Ice Warriors, Autons and Third Doctor. He handles the famous Doctor & Companion free episode Dalek Masterplan, the prelude to the grand Dalek Masterplan. And he's on hand for the departure of William Hartnell and the intenmded final appearance of the Daleks. In all he directs 26 episodes which puts him fifth on the all time list of Who episodes directed. The four directors above him on the list are all recognisable names to Doctor Who fans.

  DIRECTOR EPISODES EXISTS MISSING EXISTS % MISSING %
1 Douglas Camfield 52 38 14 73.08 26.93
2 David Maloney 45 45 0 100 0
3 Christopher Barry 43 33 10 76.75 23.26
4 Michael Briant 30 30 0 100 0
5 Derek Martinus 26 13 13 50 50
6 Barry Letts 24 24 0 100 0
7 Pennant Roberts 24 24 0 100 0
8 Richard Martin 22 22 0 100 0
9 Michael Ferguson 21 21 0 100 0
10 Peter Moffatt 20 20 0 100 0
Ron Jones 20 20 0 100 0

If we limit the episodes to the end of 1970's Season 7, the point where Martinus stopped working for Doctor Who, he'd directed the second most episodes behind, inevitably, the great Douglas Camfield:

  DIRECTOR EPISODES EXISTS MISSING EXISTSG% MISSING%
1 Douglas Camfield 42 28 14 67 34
2 Derek Martinus 26 13 13 50 50
3 Richard Martin 22 22 0 100 0
4 Christopher Barry 20 10 10 50 50
5 David Maloney 19 19 0 100 0
6 Michael Ferguson 17 17 0 100 0
7 Morris Barry 13 11 2 85 16
8 Hugh David 10 0 10 0 100
9 Mervyn Pinfield 10 10 0 100 0
10 Waris Hussein 10 4 6 40 60

Of note in that list is relative newcomer David Maloney's 19 episodes, all in Troughton's last season.

But as you'll also see from that list over half of Martinus' 26 episodes are missing.

In terms of numbers of episodes missing he stands second behind Douglas Camfield who directed significantly more episodes during the period that episodes are missing from - 42 of Camfield's 52 episodes fall before the end of Season 7.

DIRECTOR EPISODES EXISTS MISSING EXISTS % MISSING % Stories Missing
Douglas Camfield 52 38 14 73.07 26.92 Crusade
Dalek Masterplan
Web of Fear
Derek Martinus 26 13 13 50 50 Galaxy 4
Misison to the Unknown
10th Planet
Evil of the Daleks
Ice Warriors
Christopher Barry 43 33 10 76.74 23.25 Savages
Power of the Daleks
Hugh David 10 0 10 0 100 Highlanders
Fury from the Deep
Waris Hussein 10 4 6 40 60 Marco Polo
Julia Smith 8 2 6 25 75 Smugglers
Underwater Menace
Gerald Blake 12 7 5 58.33 41.66 Abominable Snowmen
Michael Hart 6 1 5 16.66 83.33 Space Pirates
Paddy Russell 18 14 4 77.77 22.22 The Massacre
Gerry Mill 6 2 4 33.33 66.66 Faceless Ones
Tristan de Vere Cole 6 2 4 33.33 66.66 Wheel in Space
John Davies 4 0 4 0 100 The Macra Terror
Michael Leeston-Smith 4 0 4 0 100 The Myth Makers
Bill Sellars 4 1 3 25 75 The Celestial Toymaker
Morris Barry 13 11 2 84.61 15.38 The Moonbase
Henric Hirsch 6 4 2 66.66 33.33 Reign of Terror
John Crockett 5 4 1 80 20 Marco Polo

Reordering the list by percentage reveals some surprises! 3 directors Hugh David, Michael Leeston-Smith and John Davies have their entire Doctor Who directing career wiped out by the episode junkings, but Hugh David is the only one of these to work on more than one story.

DIRECTOR EPISODES EXISTS MISSING EXISTS % MISSING % Stories Missing
Hugh David 10 0 10 0 100 Highlanders
Fury from the Deep
John Davies 4 0 4 0 100 The Macra Terror
Michael Leeston-Smith 4 0 4 0 100 The Myth Makers
Michael Hart 6 1 5 16.66 83.33 Space Pirates
Julia Smith 8 2 6 25 75 Smugglers
Underwater Menace
Bill Sellars 4 1 3 25 75 The Celestial Toymaker
Gerry Mill 6 2 4 33.33 66.66 Faceless Ones
Tristan de Vere Cole 6 2 4 33.33 66.66 Wheel in Space
Waris Hussein 10 4 6 40 60 Marco Polo
Derek Martinus 26 13 13 50 50 Galaxy 4
Misison to the Unknown
10th Planet
Evil of the Daleks
Ice Warriors
Gerald Blake 12 7 5 58.33 41.66 Abominable Snowmen
Henric Hirsch 6 4 2 66.66 33.33 Reign of Terror
Douglas Camfield 52 38 14 73.07 26.92 Crusade
Dalek Masterplan
Web of Fear
Christopher Barry 43 33 10 76.74 23.25 Savages
Power of the Daleks
Paddy Russell 18 14 4 77.77 22.22 The Massacre
John Crockett 5 4 1 80 20 Marco Polo
Morris Barry 13 11 2 84.61 15.38 The Moonbase

Derek Martinus is the only Director with episodes missing from FIVE stories:

STORY EPISODES EXISTS MISSING EXISTS MISSING
Galaxy Four 4 1 3 3 1, 2 & 4
Mission to the Unknown 1 0 1 - 1
Tenth Planet 4 3 1 1, 2 & 3 4
The Evil of the Daleks 7 1 6 2 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
The Ice Warriors 6 4 2 1, 4, 5 & 6 2 & 3
Spearhead from Space 4 4 0 1, 2, 3 & 4 -
  26 13 13    

In fact of the six stories he worked on only the last, Spearhead from Space is complete.

Friday, 28 March 2014

019 Marco Polo Episode 6: Mighty Kublai Khan

EPISODE: Marco Polo Episode 6: Mighty Kublai Khan
OVERALL EPISODE NUMBER: 019
STORY NUMBER: 004
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 28 March 1964
WRITER: John Lucarotti
DIRECTOR: Waris Hussein
SCRIPT EDITOR: David Whitaker
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 8.4 million viewers
FORMAT: CD Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection: (1964-1965)

" A day of hard riding. We left Cheng-Ting at dawn, and by dusk had covered forty miles. As this is a densely populated area of Cathay, accommodation is not hard to find, and we have stopped for the night at an inn. Our baggage, including the Doctor's caravan, is following on with a trade caravan."

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Tegana forces the crew from the TARDIS by threatening Susan then attacks the Doctor. They all then ride ahead of the Tardis and the baggage to Cathay. Ian tells Marco Polo the truth about the TARDIS and their origins in an attempt to get the Tardis back but Marco doesn't believe him. Marco Polo deduces Ping Cho stole the key and she sneaks away. Ian volunteers to go back and find her while Marco Polo pushes on to the Khan. Ping Cho has returned Cheng-Ting but is conned out of her money by Kuiju. When Ian arrives they discover the TARDIS has been stolen. There is argument amongst the travellers about whether Ping Cho should be made to marry someone old enough to be her Grandfather so Marco Polo dispatches Tegana to find Ian & Ping Cho. They are pursuing the TARDIS along a disused road. The travellers arrive at Shang-Tu and meet the great Kublai Khan, who elects that they will travel to Peking. The Doctor befriends the Khan on the mutual grounds of their advanced years. Ian & Ping Cho find the TARDIS with Kuiju, who robbed Ping Cho, and discover that he was paid by Tegana who then arrives and squares up to Ian.

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Not a bad episode this one. More arguing about the Tardis to start with but then things move on. We've spent five and a bit episodes building up to meeting the Kahn, expecting a mighty warrior, so when it turns out he's a wizened old man and in his own words from episode 7 "the statistician and the administrator" it's a big surprise and a bit of a joke on the viewer. The Doctor and the Kahn immediately strike up a friendship based on their advanced years and the aches & pains that that brings. It's at this point that Hartnell starts to shine as he injects an element of comedy into the performance with the Doctor overstating his ailments. Having watched all of Hartnell's existing episodes it's these little bits of comedy that really seem to bring out the best in the lead actor.

Kublai Kahn is the second historical figure to appear in the show, after Marco Polo himself. The grandson of Genghis he was born on September 23, 1215. So by the time of this story, 1289, he'd have been 73/4. He died on February 18, 1294 aged 74. The following year Marco Polo returned to Venice.

Playing Marco Polo is Mark Eden. Although he never appeared in the series proper again he featured in "An Adventure in Space & Time", the drama on the early days of the series, where he played Donald Baverstock. Tegana is played by Derren Nesbitt who, like Eden, was a very familiar face to television viewers in the 1960s. They're joined this episode by Czech born actor Martin Miller, one of the rarer breed of Doctor Who actors born in the 19th century. Incredibly Doctor Who isn't the only time they acted together: all three feature in The Prisoner episode It's Your Funeral as respectively The New Number Two, Number One-Hundred and the Watchmaker.

Missing Episodes 6) Reconstructions

Of course if you have sound and pictures you can try to put them together. Several fan groups exist who have attempted this unofficially the most well known of which is Loose Cannon. The BBC have had a go themselves a few times: Tenth Planet 4 has been completely reconstructed for the Video release of that story and an abridged reconstruction of The Ice Warriors 2 & 3 is found on the VHS of that story. A complete reconstruction of all six episodes of The Power of the Daleks is found on a CD Rom while an 30 minute abridged version of Marco Polo is found on the Doctor Who: The Beginning DVD Boxset

The Invasion has had to take an alternative route. Episodes 1 & 4 of this eight part story no longer exist and no telesnaps were taken for this story. When the story was released on DVD these episodes were animated to add visuals to the existing soundtracks. This has become the preferred route for dealing with missing episodes on DVD, also being used for The Reign of Terror, which also has no telesnaps existing for it's missing episodes, and then for The Ice Warriors, The Tenth Planet and The Moonbase, which do. Personally, and this isn't a widely shared view, I prefer the telesnap reconstructions as I feel they're a step closer to the original episodes than the animations are. So when the recovered episodes of Web of Fear were released with the still missing episodes 3 reconstructed I was quite pleased.

Friday, 21 March 2014

018 Marco Polo Episode 5: Rider from Shang-Tu

EPISODE: Marco Polo Episode 5: Rider from Shang-Tu
OVERALL EPISODE NUMBER: 018
STORY NUMBER: 004
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 21 March 1964
WRITER: John Lucarotti
DIRECTOR: Waris Hussein
SCRIPT EDITOR: David Whitaker
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 9.4 million viewers
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection: (1964-1965) No. 1

"At sunrise, we buried the dead, broke camp, travelled to the edge of the bamboo forest, and out beyond it onto the plain. But at midday, as we were all tired after the events of the previous night, I ordered a halt."

In the forest is Tegana's ally Acomat and some bandits. The Doctor wish to flee in the Tardis but Ian goes to warn Marco Polo. Ian creates a plan for a diversion by flinging Bamboo on the fire which should explode. Bandits attack and just as the travellers are being overpowered the bamboo explodes. After they travel through the forest onto the plain beyond. Polo frees his prisoners but extracts a promise from them not to try to escape. The Tardis crew are further convinced of Tegana's guilt & treachery. A courier from the Khan arrives to speak with Marco unwittingly causing Ping Cho to discover the location of the TARDIS keys. Polo has received orders to proceed without delay to Shang-Tu. They stop at another Way Station at Cheng-Ting. The Innkeeper has stashed the TARDIS in the stables which earns the Doctor's wrath. Tegana and his accomplice Kuiju plot to steel the TARDIS from the stables. Ping Cho steals the TARDIS keys for Susan. The TARDIS crew make to sneak away at night, Susan goes to say goodbye to Ping Cho, but within reach of the TARDIS when she is seized by Tegana.

Hmm the recording of this episode is a bit rough! I was struggling to hear it at the start. It does pick up a bit but fluctuates after that. The episode is a bit more action packed that the previous ones, with the sword fight, exploding bamboo, stealing the key and Susan being grabbed by Tegana at the end.

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Of the new characters this week Gábor Baraker plays Innkeeper Wang-Lo, easily the campest character to appear in Doctor Who so far ! He'll be back for The Crusade (directed by this story's production assistant Douglas Camfield) Episode 2: The Knight of Jaffa as Luigi Ferrigo. Playing Kuiju is Tutte Lemkow, who's quite a frequently appearing face in the first years of Doctor Who. He's in the final three episodes of this story, before Camfield uses him in the last episode of The Crusade, the Warlords, as Ibrahim and then returns in the first three episodes of the Myth Makers as the Cyclops. He's got quite a long acting CV but is most famous for playing the Fiddler in the film The Fiddler on the Roof.

I remarked on the extras playing Ping-Cho's handmaidens in episode one, but there are a lot of other extras in this serial. The odd thing here is that actors keep cropping up throughout the serial but playing different part in each episode. For example John Lee, not the same actor as the John Lee who was Alydon in the Daleks appears in four of this story's episodes playing at least three different roles: Episode 2 The Singing Sands & 4 The Wall of Lies as a Mongol Warrior (possibly not the same one!), episode 6 Mighty Kublai Khan as a Litter Bearer and a Guard and episode 7 Assassin at Peking as a Palace Guard!

So here, according to IMDB, is every extra who appeared in the serial, with which episodes they appeared in and what their roles were:

Hyperlink First
Episode
Episodes EpisodePart
Bill Brandon 1 2 1Mongol Warrior
4Mongol Warrior
Clou Choy 1 3 1Mongol Warrior
3Chinese Villager
6Litter Bearer / Guard
O. Ikeda 1 2 1Yeng
6Attendant
Violet Leon 1 5 1Chinese Lady
3Chinese Lady of Quality
5Chinese Lady of Quality
6Traveller / Noblewoman
7Court Lady
Zohra Segal 1 3 1Attendant to Ping-Cho
2Attendant to Ping-Cho
3Attendant on Ping-Cho
Suk Hee Shng 1 3 1Attendant
3Attendant
7Court Lady
John Woodcock 1 6 1Marco Polo's Hand
2Marco Polo's Hand
3Marco Polo's Hand
4Marco Polo's Hand
5Marco Polo's Hand
6Marco Polo's Hand
Arnold Lee 2 1 2Mongol Warrior
John Lee 2 4 2Mongol Warrior
4Mongol Warrior
6Litter Bearer / Guard
7Palace Guard
Leslie Bates 3 2 2Mongol Warrior
5Mongol Bandit
Gordon Bremworth 3 3 2Mongol Warrior
5Mongol Bandit / Traveller
7Palace Guard
Elton Fing-on 3 2 3Mongol Porter
7Courtier
Irene Ho 3 1 3Chinese Villager
Peggy Sirr 3 3 3Chinese Villager
6Traveller / Noblewoman
7Court Lady
Aman Tokyo 3 2 3Mongol Porter
6Attendant
Roy Vincente 3 3 3Mongol Warrior
6Male Courtier
7Courtier
Santso Wong 3 3 3Mongol Warrior
4Mongal Bandit
6Guard
Maung Hlashwe 4 2 4Caravan Bearer
6Court Nobleman
Boon Wan Lee 4 1 4Caravan Bearer
L.L. Lin 4 2 4Caravan Bearer
5Attendant at Wang-Lo's Inn
Henry Loy 4 3 4Caravan Bearer
6Male Courtier
7Courtier
Ying Wiu 4 2 4Servant at Waystation
6Court Nobleman
David Anderson 5 2 5Caravan Warrior
7Palace Guard
David Brewster 5 1 5Mongol Bandit
Stanley Chen 5 1 5Mongol Bandit / Traveller
Clem Choy 5 1 5Attendant at Wang-Lo's Inn
Kay Fong 5 3 5Noblewoman
6Court Lady
7Palace Guard
Philip Lee 5 3 5Mongol Bandit
6Guard
7Palace Guard
Valentino Musetti 5 1 5Mongol Bandit
Ronald Chee 6 1 5Guard
Robert Chow 6 1 5Traveller / Nobleman
Harry Dillon 6 2 6Spittoon Bearer
7Spittoon Bearer
Lloyd Lam 6 1 6Traveller / Nobleman
Su Chin 7 1 7Attendant to the Empress
Iris Loy 7 1 7Court Lady
Carlton Ngui 7 1 7Palace Guard
W.A. Scully 7 1 7Courtier
Basil Tang 7 1 7Office Foreman
Doreen Tang 7 1 7Attendant to the Empress

Of course some of them have other Doctor Who form and because Douglas Camfield is the production assistant quite a few of them show up in his later stories. We've already remarked as to how Zohra Segal, the first Doctor Who actress to reach 100, reappears in The Crusade episode 2: The Knight of Jaffa as Sheyrah.

Leslie Bates had already been in Doctor Who: it's his shadow that is seen at the end of both The Pilot Episode and Episode 1 of the transmitted version of An Unearthly Child. He also doubles Jeremy Young in the same story. He'll be back for The Massacre: Bell of Doom as a Guard, The Smugglers: Episode 1 Villager at Inn / Pirate, The War Games: Episode Three & Four as a 1862 Confederate Soldier, The Dæmons: Episode Two as a BBC3 TV Crewmember, Frontier in Space: Episode Three as a Lunar Guard and Episode Five as a Draconian, Invasion of the Dinosaurs Part One where he's an Extra and Death to the Daleks: Parts One to Three as an Exxilon as well as appearances in Doomwatch and Moonbase 3. Arnold Lee was in The Talons of Weng-Chiang 1 a Chimeny Sweep & 5 as a Coolie, Warriors of the Deep 1-3 as a Seabase Crewmember and appears in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi as Rayc Ryjerd, a smuggler in Jabba's entourage. Roy Vincente was a Stuntman on UFO & Doomwatch. David Anderson was in all four episode of The Aztecs as the Aztec Captain, The Crusade (director: Douglas Camfield) episode 1: The Lion as Reynier de Marun, all four episodes of the Time Meddler (Director: D Camfield) as Sven and The Dalek Masterplan (do I even need to say?) 9: as an Egyptian Warrior. David Brewster was in a different episode of The Crusade, part 3 The Wheel of Fortune as a Turkish Bandit and also in Dalek Masterplan 9: Golden Death as another Egyptian Warrior. Valentino Musetti returns for is credited on imdb for World's End: Egyptian Soldier but I suspect he's something different there considering it's the first episode of Dalek Invasion of Earth! He's in the Crusade 1: The Lion as a Saracen Warrior, The Dalek Masterplan 9 Golden Death as another Egyptian Warrior a role he reprises in episode 10 Escape Switch. He returns for as a Prisoner in Mind of Evil episodes One (where he's also an audience member) Three and Four before appearing as extras in the first episodes of Colony in Space and The Time Monster. He's got acting credits for, amongst others, Space 1999 and the Professionals as well as a lengthy career as a stuntman. Finally Basil Tang is a Chinese Diplomat in Day of the Daleks: Episode Four a Coolie in The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part Five!

Missing Episodes 5) Audio Tape Recording

Even back in the 60s there were Doctor Who fans and some of them wanted to experience their favourite TV show time and again. Video Recorders didn't exist then so what they did was record the soundtracks of the episodes, sometimes by putting the microphone up against the TV speaker or, in at least one case, wiring their tape recorder into the TV sound output. Years later, during the 1980s, these Soundtracks started being passed between fans. The BBC borrowed some recordings and released five best selling cassettes in the early 1990s but for some reason suddenly stopped releasing them despite their success. It's long been rumoured that the release of Tomb of the Cybermen, put on hold following the recovery of the story, was responsible. The other stories released were the Power of the Daleks, The Macra Terror, the Evil of the Daleks and the Fury from the Deep. For some reason I never bought these at the time!

Then in the late 1999 the started a regular CD release of these stories with a release of The Massacre, another story I passed on. However the second release, IIRC, was The Web Of Fear which was an instant buy for me. I went back and bought the Massacre and then every other release the day they came out. I can remember even now sitting on a train to Stafford and being haunted by the eerie music at the end of Fury from the Deep 3! Now all the missing story soundtracks are available commercially, although some of the original CD releases are quite pricey. Once all the individual stories were out boxed set releases of these stories commenced, starting with CD: Doctor Who - The Lost TV Episodes Collection: (1964-1965) No. 1 which contains Marco Polo, The Reign of Terror, The Crusade, Galaxy 4 and The Myth Makers.

Of course now I'm carrying the audio track to every missing episode of Doctor Who around in my pocket: I've long since turned them into MP3s and have them all on my MP3 player to listen to. Many a long train journey has been helped by a Doctor Who audio. I did two listens to this story to reblog it: the first was on a train journey to my Mum's in London when I listened to the all 7 episodes on the trot. Oddly my encounter with missing episodes for the first run of the blog ended in the same manner: listening to the Space Pirates on a train journey to London. Last week I made the same trip and got through The Faceless Ones, Evil of the Daleks and the Abominable Snowmen during the course of the trip.