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Moon Stallion

My inflight entertainment this evening was the 94-minute VHS edition of this utterly brilliant 1978 BBC children's series, starring 16-year-old Sarah Sutton, several years before she became Nyssa of Traken, as the blind Diana who finds herself at the focus of ancient mysteries around the White Horse of Uffington in around 1902. The story also features the unforgettable music of Howard Blake (before The Snowman and "Walking Through The Air") and the incomprehensible yet gripping script of Brian Hayles. (The supernatural is actually an understated recurring theme in several of his Doctor Who stories, most notably The Smugglers and The Curse of Peladon.) Dorothea Brooking directed a number of classic BBC children's dramas, but this has to be one of the more remarkable ones. Anyone with a passing interest in paganism / English folklore / Doctor Who actors in other roles should try and get hold of it. (Also features the eternal John Abineri, Michael "Robot/Cyberleader" Kilgarriff and David "Pangol" Haig.)


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Jan. 24th, 2010 09:31 am (UTC)
I have it but only the film edit (which is the one you have, if it's 94 minutes); I'm still desperately hoping the unedited version (6x25) is out there somewhere! I was 6.5 when it was on and was totally gripped - living near Wayland's Smithy/Uffington at the time it was particularly exciting.
Jan. 24th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
The German DVD (Der Mondschimmel) is 141 minutes and apparently has English (as well as German) audio.
Jan. 24th, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
Goodness me, I remember that from first time around, though I couldn't have told you anything about it apart from Sarah Sutton and the White Horse.
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)
We used to have the book adaptation (written by Hayles) but I'm not sure what happened to it (possibly my mum has it now.)

It's on my list of 'tv adaptions desparately needing a DVD release', alongside 'The Georgian House', 'A Traveller in Time' and 'Raven'. Network DVD may be a possible, as they have released 'The Ghosts of Motley Hall', 'King of the Castle' and 'Sky' in the last couple of years and 'The Clifton House Mystery' is coming out shortly.
Jan. 24th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Jan. 24th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Pedant says Michael Kilgarrif was the Cyber Controller,not the Cyberleader.

Anyway, the Moon Stallion: I have vague memories of this, but I don't remmeber anything about the plot. Is it worth getting on DVD, considering it costs nearly £20 from Amazon?
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Jan. 25th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Ah, OK, I'll do that. Thanks!
Jan. 25th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
But did you like it???
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
I loved this series when it was first shown, but do I dare see it again as an adult I wonder?
Feb. 20th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
I remember loving this when I was small... almost tempted by that German DVD release.
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