Doctor Who – Galaxy 4, 1965
For a TV series envisaged to last ten episodes Doctor Who was still going strong as it reached it’s third season. The show’s third season would be William Hartnell’s last full season.
Galaxy Four was the four part opening story of season three. It introduced us to’ The Chumblies’ although they have not, to date, appeared in any further stories.
Of the four transmitted episodes only episode three still exists in the BBC archives and even that has the final 27 seconds missing. Only stils and fragments remain for the other three episodes.
The Doctor, Vicki and Steven materialise on an arid planet where they meet the occupants of two crashed spaceships: the beautiful Drahvins and the hideous Rills. The latter prove to be friendly, compassionate explorers while the former are a group of mindless cloned soldiers terrorised by a warlike matriarch, Maaga.
Both ships were damaged when the Drahvins precipitated a confrontation in space, but whereas the Rills’ is almost ready to take off again (having been repaired by their robot drones, which Vicki nicknames ‘Chumblies’), the Drahvins’ is irreparable.
When the planet is discovered to be on the point of disintegration, Maaga tries to force the time travellers to help her steal the Rills’ ship. Instead, the Doctor allows the Rills to draw power from the TARDIS in order to refuel and escape, leaving the Drahvins to their fate.
William Hartnell – The Doctor
Maureen O’Brien – Vicki
Peter Purves – Steven Taylor
Written By: Wiliam Emms
Script Editor: Donald Tosh
Produced By: Verity Lambert
Original Transmission Dates: 11th September – 2nd October 1965
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