Doctor Who: The Savages

  • by Ian Stuart Black
  • Narrated by William Hartnell, full cast
  • 1 hrs and 41 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

William Hartnell stars as the first Doctor in this exclusive recording of a 'lost' television adventure.When the TARDIS materialises on an alien planet, the Doctor insists that he and his companions have arrived in the far future. Steven and Dodo think otherwise, however, after they encounter a band of cave-dwelling primitives who are terrified of strangers.The travellers soon discover that the planet's population is divided into two castes, and that the professed idyll of the Elders, who inhabit a technologically advanced city, seems oddly dependent upon the unsophisticated Savages.Whilst the Elders' leader, Jano, welcomes the Doctor into their society, Dodo stumbles upon a dark secret at the heart of the community. The truth behind the Elders' great knowledge is eventually revealed, and the Doctor sees it as his duty to end a terrible case of exploitation. Yet Jano has plans of his own for the Doctor....With the Doctor's faithful companion Steven discovering that events on this planet will irrevocably shape his destiny, The Savages marks the final appearance in the programme of Peter Purves, who also provides the linking narration for this release.

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Toward the end if an era

Hartnell's First Doctor is already declining and goes through some mind and body draining experiences. This story foreshadows his regeneration -one if the brilliant ideas behind Doctor Who. Plenty of violent action for Stephen, leading to the end if his time as a companion. Dodo is the classic 60s screaming helpless female companion, and this us her last appearance in a complete TV story. A straightforward plot has the Doctor and companions fighting oppression and exploitation. Well narrated with a fast pace. Viewed as a product if its time it works, but Dodo seems too feeble and helpless to be a companion now.


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- Jim__Leeder

Fun like only the good Doctor can provide.

Complex moral dilemmas, alien civilisations, human drama and political conspiracies - it could only be Doctor Who. This storyline marks the departure of regular companion Stephen who was portrayed by Peter Purves who provides an engrossing narration for this fun little adventure. It's a shame this story was lost but at least the audio survives and this is the best way to enjoy it, in your mp3 player.
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- Ned

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-01-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited