Doctor Who: Watchers in the Fourth Dimension
Bonus Episode 4: Bit of a Swashbuckling Hero (Interview with Peter Purves)

Bonus Episode 4: Bit of a Swashbuckling Hero (Interview with Peter Purves)

March 29, 2020

It’s March 2020, and the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension have reached the end of Steven Taylor’s time as the Doctor’s companion. With COVID-19 running rampant across the world, and everyone (hopefully) practicing social distancing, we are here to help you stave off boredom for an hour, by bringing you a special bonus episode, in which Anthony interviews the man who played Steven himself, Peter Purves!

 

Their conversation meanders through Peter’s career in theatre and in TV, starting with his time in repertory theatre, to Doctor Who, and into presenting the likes of Blue Peter, Record Breakers, and the Crufts Dog Show, before finally coming back to Doctor Who through Big Finish’s audio productions. This convention panel-length interview is truly something to keep you entertained at home during this time.

 

As a thank you to Peter for his time, we made a $200 donation to Dogs for Good, a charity providing assistance dogs to those in need. If you would like to support this worthy cause, please follow the link and click on “Donate now.”

 

Peter’s time on Doctor Who can be found through the following media:

 

Complete stories

All of the above are also available to stream at both Britbox US (http://www.britbox.com) and Britbox UK (http://www.britbox.co.uk).

 

Orphan episodes

 

Missing episodes

  • Available on The Lost TV Episodes – Collection 1 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3DSPBh2 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3AUSFY1)
    • Galaxy 4 – episodes 1, 2, and 4
    • The Myth Makers – all episodes;
  • Available on The Lost TV Episodes – Collection 2 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3BT5dAh | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3vlQnzY)
    • The Daleks’ Master Plan – episodes 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12
    • The Massacre – all episodes
    • The Celestial Toymaker – episodes 1-3
    • The Savages – all episodes

 

Big Finish

The list of Peter’s work with Big Finish can be found at BigFinish.com (https://bit.ly/3aQuFL6). Peter specifically mentioned Daughter of the Gods (https://bit.ly/3pfEw5q), and The First Wave (https://bit.ly/3DTZUkR).

 

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Episode 29: Tor Loser (The Savages)

Episode 29: Tor Loser (The Savages)

March 22, 2020

In this episode, “Tor Loser,” the team are off to a place where a ruling upperclass lives off the energy and lifeforce of an oppressed working class. No, it’s not Victorian Britain, but actually The Savages - a story that is bizarrely overlooked by a lot of fans, given that it's really quite good.

 

This episode, Anthony gets confused on which story we’re meant to be talking about, Julie gets Savage on Reilly, Don doesn’t bash John Wiles (for a change), and Reilly talks about the Doctor’s Reacting Vibrator. The entire crew is surprised when Dodo is actually useful for a change.

 

For those who want to watch along with us, this story is sadly missing. You can find the missing episodes on narrated audio in The Lost TV Episodes: Collection Two box set through either Amazon US (https://amzn.to/3BT5dAh) or Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3vlQnzY). If you want to watch the reconstruction, you should Google it – we don’t want to be naughty by posting a link to Dailymotion *cough*.

 

Other media mentioned in this episode:

 

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Episode 28: Flirting with Competence (The Gunfighters)

Episode 28: Flirting with Competence (The Gunfighters)

March 8, 2020

In this episode, “Flirting with Competence,” we’re off to the Wild West so that the Doctor can get a tooth extracted… wait, what!? It’s the kind of thing that could only happen in 60s Doctor Who, and this story is The Gunfighters! Will the Watchers survive the repeated refrains of the infamous Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon?

 

This time around, Anthony raves about the sets and the costumes, Reilly discusses his struggles with Westerns, Julie sings a delightful little ditty based on The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon, and Don finds himself at odds with Reilly’s opinion for the first time in a while. The entire team discusses accents – unsurprisingly, given that three of the four cast members are born and bred Americans.

 

For those who want to watch along with us, this story is one that still exists in its entirety. You can get this story on DVD as a standalone release from Amazon US (https://amzn.to/3n4JaAG), or as part of the Earth Story boxset from Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3FZPjXp). If streaming is more your thing, you can stream it from Britbox US (http://www.britbox.com) or Britbox UK (http://www.britbox.co.uk).

 

Other media mentioned in this episode:

 

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