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The Celestial Toymaker

The Celestial Toymaker is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 2 April to 23 April 1966.

An alien intelligence has invaded the TARDIS and rendered the First Doctor invisible, leaving Dodo Chaplet and Steven Taylor incredulous. They step outside into a strange realm where the Doctor reappears, saying he recognizes the place they are in. They have come to the realm of the Celestial Toymaker, an eternal being of infinite power who sets games and traps for the unwary so that they become his toys and playthings.

For an 'in depth' look at this story go to..

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

All episodes of this story except Episode 4 are missing from the BBC archives. Episode 4 was released on The Hartnell Years VHS in 1991. Later, in November 2004, it was released on Region 2 DVD in the three-disc Lost in Time box set.

Soundtrack recordings made by fans, coupled with linking narration by Peter Purves, also facilitated the story's CD release. In episode 2, the King of Hearts recites a version of the children's rhyme Eeny, meeny, miny, moe which includes the word "nigger". On the audio release, the offending section is masked by Peter Purves's narration. A fan-made reconstruction using the off-air sound recording, off-air photographs and image compilation has been released by Loose Cannon Productions.

Below is the cover to the soundtrack;



Ther are many reconstructions of the missing episodes. Here is one which features music and stills;



The DWM index can be found at;

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

A novelisation of this serial, written by Gerry Davis and Alison Bingeman, was published by Target Books in June 1986. It is one of the few Doctor Who novels (original or adapted) to be written by more than one person.



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