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The Moonbase

The Moonbase is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from February 11 to March 3, 1967. The story features the return, and first redesign, of recurring villains the Cybermen.

The TARDIS makes a bumpy landing on the Moon in the year 2070 and, dressed in spacesuits, the Second Doctor and his companions Jamie, Polly and Ben venture outside and enjoy the low gravity environment. Jamie is injured while they fool around.

In July 1992, episodes two and four of this story were released on VHS as part of the video Cybermen - The Early Years. In November 2004, they were included in the Lost in Time DVD set, along with the audio tracks for episodes one and three.

For an 'in depth' look, including a photo novel, go to;

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

As with all missing episodes, off-air recordings of the soundtrack exist due to contemporary fan efforts. In April 2001 these were released on CD, accompanied by linking narration from Frazer Hines.



There are many reconstructions. Heres an animation of episode one;



The DWM index can be found at;

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

A novelisation of this serial, written by Gerry Davis, was published by Target Books in February 1975 under the title Doctor Who and the Cybermen. Davis opens the book with a lengthy history of the Cybermen and updates Ben and Polly to visitors from the 1970s. The cliffhanger to the Macra Terror is also removed. A Turkish translation was published in 1975.



Next its....The Macra Terror