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Three Doctor Who audios

I've been listening to a few of the BBC cds of stories which are also available on video. Why? Because I have more time for audio than video in my day, and I wanted to see if it made much difference to my enjoyment of the stories. Maybe it's just the way I watch these things, but I found for two out of three of the stories I found my experience of them enhanced in some way.

For The Tenth Planet, there's a unity-of-form issue: because the fourth episode is missing from the archives (am I right in thinking that this is the only story with precisely one missing episode?), the video reconstruction available with episodes 1-3 is, with the best will in the world, jarring. If you have audio only, with the dulcet tones of Anneke Wills providing linking narration, you do get a sense of Hartnell giving it his all, right to the end.

The Gunfighters both gains and loses. On audio, it is much more difficult to remain unaware of the dodgy accents which are the story's biggest problem. But this is after all a story done partly for laughs, and told twice over even in the original version, with the Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon recapitulating the action. Here we have a further layer of narrative thanks to Peter Purves' linking narrative, and I found it helped me to follow and appreciate it. The Gunfighters is one of my guilty pleasures.

Nothing can salvage The Dominators, and Wendy Padbury's narration simply helps us concentrate on the emptiness of the plot; also we miss the visuals which are, I now realise, one of the story's high points. The one good thing is an interview with Padbury at the end.

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londonkds
Aug. 26th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
am I right in thinking that this is the only story with precisely one missing episode

Yeah, I think so. Though there are two stories with precisely one episode in black-and-white only - extra points if you can name them off the top of your head without looking in a reference source :-)
nwhyte
Aug. 26th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Though there are two stories with precisely one episode in black-and-white only

Ah well, that's easy, and I can think of several - Abominable Snowmen, Web of Fear, and Enemy of the World.

(checks)

Actually, no, there's more than that. Also The Celestial Toymaker, The Underwater Menace, The Evil of the Daleks and The Space Pirates. So that's seven (nine if you count Invasion of the Dinosaurs and Planet of the Daleks).

Technically, of course, Mission to the Unknown, like The Tenth Planet, has only one episode missing from the archives...
londonkds
Aug. 26th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of the colour stories with one b/w ep.
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