Saturday, 24 April 2010

A Matter of Time: The Space Museum


Forty-five years ago today, the Doctor and his companions were experiencing strange events on the planet Xeros, where they discovered a space museum full of fascinating exhibits, including themselves encased on display. This story starred William Hartnell as the first Doctor, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, and Maureen O’Brien as Vicki.

Episode 1 of this story begins with a brief reprise of Episode 4 of ‘The Crusade’, which is currently the only surviving film footage from that episode. William Hartnell was on holiday during the recording of Episode 3, so his only appearance is at the beginning, in the reprise of Episode 2.

Richard Shaw, who normally spoke with a Cockney accent, was cast as Governor Lobos, but was asked to deliver his lines with a BBC accent. His accent slips when he bellows “maximum security!” to the guards. He later appeared as Cross in ‘Frontier in Space’, where he used his own accent.

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