Production Code: T
Season 3, Story Number 18
Each episode is identified with date of transmission, duration, ratings in millions, and (for 1963-1974 only) archive status.
Four Hundred Dawns
11 September 1965 | 22'21" | 9.0 | Not in archive
Trap of Steel
18 September 1965 | 24'51" | 9.5 | Not in archive
25 September 1965 | 24'19" | 11.3 | Not in archive
The Exploding Planet
02 October 1965 | 24'47" | 9.9 | Not in archive
All four episodes are lost. Only a very limited number of photographic images exist from this story. A substiantial amount of footage (over 6 minutes) exists, however, from "Four Hundred Dawns," including a clip used on the BBC program "The Lively Arts," a film print of a telerecording held by a fan, and portions of an 8mm home movie reel shot off a television set, as follows:
|Episode 1||The opening shot with the Doctor operating the controls and Vicki cutting Steven's hair in the background [0:10]|
The Drahvins and TARDIS crew running away from the Chumblies and entering the spaceship. Then Maaga talking to the Doctor and Steven, inside the Drahvin spacecraft. Concludes with the Doctor offering to help the Drahvins find the true time of destruction of the planet. [2:31,0:30,2:52]
(Dr. Who), Maureen O'Brien
(Vicki), Peter Purves
(Steven Taylor), Stephanie Bidmead
(Maaga), Marina Martin
(Drahvin One), Susanna Carroll
(Drahvin Two), Lyn Ashley
(Drahvin Three), Jimmy Kaye
(Chumblie), William Shearer
(Chumblie), Angelo Muscat
(Chumblie), Pepi Poupée
(Chumblie), Tommy Reynolds
(Chumblie), Robert Cartland
(Rill Voice), Barry Jackson
The Doctor, Vicki and Steven arrive on an arid planet in Galaxy 4, where they meet the occupants of two crashed spaceships: the beautiful Drahvins and the hideous Rills (Bill Lodge, Brian Madge, Peter Holmes, David Brewster, voiced by Robert Cartland). Confounding expectations, the latter prove to be friendly, compassionate explorers while the former are a group of mindless cloned soldiers (Marina Martin, Susanna Carroll, Lyn Ashley) terrorised by a warlike matriarch, Maaga (Stephanie Bidmead). 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 names Chumblies (Jimmy Kaye, Angelo Muscat, William Shearer, Pepi Poupee, Tommy Reynolds) - 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.
Synopsis from Doctor Who: The First Doctor Handbook by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker, reprinted with permission; further reproduction is not permitted.
(Assistant Floor Manager), Sue Willis
(Assistant Floor Manager), Daphne Dare
(Costumes), Richard Hunt
(Designer), Sonia Markham
(Make-Up), Verity Lambert
(Producer), Angela Gordon
(Production Assistant), Donald Tosh
(Script Editor), Brian Hodgson
(Special Sounds), Derek Hobday
(Studio Lighting), Ralph Walton
(Studio Lighting), George Prince
(Studio Sound), Delia Derbyshire
(Theme Arrangement), Ron Grainer
Galaxy 4 narrowly missed a stay of execution from the BBC purges of the 1970's, as rights to show it at a convention were being negotiated when it was destroyed. However, significant portions of the first episode exist from a variety of sources including a clip used for the "Lively Arts" documentary "Whose Doctor Who". The working title for the story was "The Chumblies". Former series producer Mervyn Pinfield was originally planned to direct the story, and he was indeed involved in casting and initial film work until he fell ill and had to be replaced.
For more in-depth information about the contents of this story, a complete episode-by-episode detailed breakdown can be found at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
The existing video footage from episode 1 is included on the "Lost in Time" DVD set released in 2004 as part of the "Missing Years" documentary, but not isolated as a separate option on the set. The 8mm off-air home movie print is included as part of the "8mm Footage" option.
Some existing footage from this story was incorporated into the "Missing Years" documentary release (see "The Ice Warriors"); full release not possible due to loss of story.
Complete audio soundtrack released on CD as "Galaxy 4" by the BBC Radio Collection in June 2000, narrated by Peter Purves. Some selections from this story (music and/or sound effects) have been released on "Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Volume One - The Early Years, 1963-1969" (BBC Music WMSF 6023-2).
Novelised as "Doctor Who - Galaxy Four" by William Emms (Target #104), first released in 1985 with cover art by Andrew Skilleter. Also issued by Titan Books as a script book, "Galaxy 4," edited by John McElroy, with cover art by Alister Pearson.
For more details on the various novelizations of this story, with additional background material, artwork and details of both UK and foreign releases, visit On Target
Reconstructed using photos and the original audio soundtrack by Loose Cannon Productions, including introduction by Peter Purves (Steven Taylor); details are available at recons.com
The script for "Galaxy 4" can be found at the Scripts Project site, hosted by the Earthbound Timelords
Descriptions of each story screen capture above right, top to bottom:
- A photo of a Rill, provided to Outpost Gallifrey by Derek Handley from the collection of Jan-Vincent Rudzki and previously only published in TV ZONE Magazine
- Maaga (Stephanie Bidmead) lectures the Doctor on her people and civilization
- a Chumblie
- the crashed Drahvan ship
- the Doctor, Steven and Vicki in the Drahvin ship