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Saturday, 13 September 2014
We’ve finally reached the end of our flight through Doctor Who’s third season. It’s been a long and controversial journey, but happily it ends with The Gunfighters, The Savages and The War Machines. So have one on the house. It isn’t every day we get the over–twenties in this place. (Oh wait, it is.)
Buy the stories!
The Gunfighters exists in its entirety, and it’s unmissable. If you haven’t seen it yet, you must buy it at once. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (In the UK and Australia, it was inexplicably released along with the Peter Davison story The Awakening in a box set called Earth Story.)
The Savages is completely missing, but the soundtrack still exists, narrated for the last time by the ubiquitous Peter Purves. (Audible US) (Audible UK)
The War Machines also exists in full. Which is nice. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
Ugh. Peter Haining’s book on Classic Doctor Who again, Doctor Who: A Celebration. Really, don’t bother. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
Go on, buy The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon on iTunes at once. You know you want to.
And if you’ve enjoyed this story, try these classic westerns: The Searchers, starring John Wayne, High Noon, starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, and True Grit, also starring John Wayne, who seems to be the Peter Purves of film Westerns.
All six episodes of Rex Tucker’s The Three Musketeers, starring Laurence Payne, Roger Delgado, Paul Whitsun-Jones and Adrienne Corri, have been lost. Sigh.
Want to read more about The Savages? Here’s Elizabeth Sandifer’s review. The Wife in Space enjoyed watching it as well.
The War Machines
Like the Doctor, Steven Hawking is terrified by Artificial Intelligence.
Take a look at this article from Den of Geek about Adam Adamant Lives!
Here’s the weirdly incorrect IMDb page which lists our very own Jackie Lane as a guest star on an episode of Get Smart. Gosh, I love Get Smart.
Picks of the Week
Brendan: A trilogy of Big Finish audios starring Peter Purves (again) as Steven: The Perpetual Bond, The Cold Equations, and The First Wave.
Nathan: Watch this 6-minute video of Jackie Lane in Paris in November 2010, created by her friend Julian Davies, and set to the music of Edith Piaf. (Oh, Jackie. If they find The Savages, would you come back and do the DVD commentary? Please say yes.)
Richard: Donald Cotton’s novelisations of The Gunfighters and The Myth Makers are sadly out of print. (Why aren’t they releasing all the Target novelisations as e-books, at least? What’s going on here?)
Still, all is not lost: Audible has an spoken-word version of The Gunfighters, read by a fantastically rough-sounding Shane Rimmer. (Audible US) (Audible UK). The Myth Makers is read by Mr Shouty himself, Stephen Thorne. (Audible US) (Audible UK)
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