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Journey into Time (audio story)

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This story was never produced.

Therefore, its known narrative elements are not a part of the Doctor Who universe. It may have been the basis for a similar story in another medium, however — and that story may indeed be a part of the DWU.

Journey into Time
Doctor: Dr. Who
Companion(s): Susan, Mike[1]
Main setting: American Civil War
Key crew
Publisher: [[publisher::Stanmark and Watermill Productions]]
Writer: Malcolm Hulke
Release details
Release number: 1
Release date: Never released, recorded in 1966
Format: 1 episode, 25"[1]
Journey into Time was the first audio drama based upon Doctor Who. A pilot made for a planned 52-instalment radio series, it was never broadcast, nor did it lead to a series. Since all recordings were lost, and the work was never broadcast so that fans could have potentially recorded it, little beyond the script and a few trade advertisements remain. The first publication of the Malcolm Hulke script was in a 2012 Nothing at the End of the Lane publication.[2]

Richard Bignell discovered the script in a routine perusal of the BBC Archives in the early 2010s. The BBC's note of rejection, written by Martin Esslin, head of sound drama in the late 1960s, was:

"As a typical commercial production for unsophisticated listeners in Australia or even some parts of the United States, it stands up quite well. As a piece of science fiction, however, it strikes me as extremely feeble."[2]

Although the story was advertised as starring Peter Cushing, and he had played the theatrical film version of Dr. Who before, it's decidedly certain that he would not actually have been playing the same version of the character in this series. Certainly, there is no precedent in either film or television for a character called "Mike".

Synopsis Edit

Dr. Who travels back in time to the American Civil War with Susan and Mike.

Cast[3] Edit

  • Dr. Who - Peter Cushing
  • Susan - Unknown
  • Miss Jennings - Unknown
  • George - Unknown
  • Mike - Unknown
  • Mr Logan - Unknown
  • Inspector - Unknown
  • Launder - Unknown

References Edit

The back story of the Dr. Who character in this story is somewhat a mix of the 1960 film's and that of the original TV series'. Dr. Who and Susan are from the far future of Earth, where time travel is possible, but a malfunction in their machine makes it so they can not choose where to land. They decide to spend some time in the '60's to investigate the issue, where Susan begins going to school and meets Mike.

Notes Edit

David J. Howe tracked down a number of leads in about 1989, trying to get more information about this production. Amongst the attempts were:

  • Contacting the address of Stanmark Productions given on trade advertisements for the series
  • Sending letters to all of Stanmark's overseas distributors
  • Tracing Stanmark through the companies register
  • Writing to Peter Cushing, and his agent

All these were dead ends.[1]

Footnotes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Howe, David J., "The Lost Radio Plays". The Frame #10. May, 1989. p. 17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chuck Foster (Sunday, 15 January, 2012). Missing Radio Script Discovered. Doctor Who News. Retrieved on 29 May 2013.
  3. Cast list based upon a fan attempt at making the drama from the Nothing at the End of the Lane-published script

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