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Galaxy 4

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/21/18 11:38 am
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Galaxy 4 is a four part story beginning with Four Hundred Dawns.

This is a sort of run-of-the-mill adventure where the TARDIS crew are caught up in a dispute between 2 alien races. It is well acted by the regular cast and quite neatly scripted. Overall the story is presented pretty well and has some interesting ideas such as appearances proving to be deceptive. Most aspects are done effectively enough including the representation of the leader of the Rill. Maaga, the leader of the Drahvins is reasonably good but the rest of the Drahvins are rather weak. Although the Chumblies are unimpressive creations they are quite cute robots which seem now like precursors of Star Wars cute 'droids' R2D2 and BB8 and I quite like them.

The development of the Doctor's new companions continues to create interest. Steven is one of my favourite companions and Purves' performance in the part is establishing the character really well by this stage. The way the Doctor, Steven and Vicki interact and deal with situations provides quality.

The story is no classic by any means but is a pretty well executed adventure in many respects so I am not sure why it is so disliked by many fans. It is a reasonable effort I think.

All 4 Episodes - 7/10.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/3/17 11:22 am
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Galaxy Four finds the Doctor, Vicki, and Steven on a planet that is about to explode and trapped between the belligerent Drahvins and the mysterious Rill.

This story is the least enjoyable 1960s Who story I've seen. Even other contenders such as the Web Planet and the Dominators had some sense of style and imagination to commend them as well as some enjoyment as being "so bad it's good." The story feels padded even at four parts. The guest actors performances are bland. The designs of the Chumleys is a little too cute. The most notable thing about the episode is the performance of the regulars. Even in a bad story in the Hartnell era, the Doctor and Companions could be counted on to provide enjoyment, but the script doesn't really give them much to work with, with Steven becoming quite irritating with his constant fretting about the time before the planet blew up.

The story had a well-intentioned message that was in keeping with the tradition of Doctor Who but it telegraphed and delivered it in a way that talked down to its audience, perhaps with the idea that this was a kid's show. A very disappointing story.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/20/16 11:44 pm
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Just saw this for the first time recently on the Aztecs SE and even though it's not one with a big reputation it still has everything that I like about the Hartnell period and hangs together a lot better than the chase for example. A lot of the early ones have a genuine feeling of exploration for the characters rather than a guided tour by the Doctor. I love the quirkiness of the chumblies and the sounds they make, the way they deflate if they are not fully functioning. Apparently Purves ended up taking Barbara's lines after the character was written out, which explains the damsel in distress moment where Purves is locked in the airlock. Also, this may not be her maiden story but I think that Vicki is so much better than Susan and wish there was more remaining footage of Maureen's character. It may not be as sophisticated as new productions but I love the experimental feel to a lot of the Hartnell's and the simplicity of the world they create sometimes.