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Galaxy 4

Galaxy 4 is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from September 11 to October 2, 1965.

Following a skirmish in deep space, two alien spacecraft have crashlanded on a barren planet. The Drahvins are a race of beautiful females, led by the imperious Maaga. The Rills are hideous tusked monstrosities, accompanied by their robotic servants, the Chumblies.
When the Doctor arrives, he discovers that the planet will explode in two days' time. The Drahvins desperately ask for his help in escaping the planet and the hostile Rills.

But things are not always as they seem...

For an 'in depth' look at this story copy and paste this address;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/episodeguide/galaxyfour/

The BBC no longer holds the serial in its archives. The only remaining visual record of this story consists of about six minutes of footage from Episode 1 and several publicity photographs.

All intact audio-visual material for this story was released on DVD by the BBC in 2004 as part of the Lost in Time box set, including a lengthy clip (the longest of any missing episode) which had previously been made available on VHS.

The soundtrack for the serial is intact and has been released commercially, with linking narration provided by Peter Purves. The cover is reproduced below;



A fan made reconstruction using the off air sound recording, surviving footage, off air photographs and image compilation has been released by Loose Cannon Productions.
As well as photo reconstructions, fans have also animated clips;



Many articles have appeared in the pages of DWM. This is Loving Whos index;

http://www.lovingwho.com/DWMIndex/Television/WilliamHartnell.html

There is a script book available;



And, of course, the Target novel;



That's it for now, next time...Mission to the Unknown