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The Reign of Terror

The Reign of Terror is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from August 8 to September 12, 1964. The story was set in France during the period of the French Revolution known as the Reign of Terror.

For more info copy and paste this link into your address bar;

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

All six episodes were lost in the BBC's stock clearance. However a copy of "Prisoners of Conciergerie"(episode 6)was returned by a private collector in 1982. In 1987, copies of "A Land of Fear"(episode 1), "Guests of Madame Guillotine"(epiode 2) and "A Change of Identity"(episode 3), along with another copy of "Prisoners of Conciergerie", were found in Cyprus. As a result, only two episodes (parts 4 and 5, "The Tyrant of France" and "A Bargain of Necessity") remain missing.

Some footage from missing episodes exists in the form of 8mm film clips, recorded by fans at the time of broadcast simply by pointing the camera at their TV set. As you might imagine, the quality is dreadful, but clips of the following have been released on the Lost in Time DVD: “The Tyrant of Fortune” and “A Bargain of Necessity” (Episodes Four and Five of The Reign of Terror)

The soundtrack is available and this story is a very enjoyable romp. The sleeve art is reproduced below;



Loose Cannon have released a video. Go to;

http://www.recons.com/recons/lc12.htm



The Doctor Who Restoration Team (http://www.restoration-team.co.uk/) and Independant Fan Groups are reconstructing these episodes. There are many examples on YouTube. Here is one of my favorites;



A VHS was released with linking narration by Carol Ann Ford. The cover is reproduced below;



A novelisation of this serial, written by Ian Marter (the actor who portrayed companion Harry Sullivan), was published posthumously by Target Books in March 1987, several months after Marter's death.



There have been many articles in DWM on this story over the years. Here is the index as researched by Loving Who;

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

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