GALAXY FOUR

This page looks back to the William Hartnell story from 1965, "Galaxy Four", which kicked-off the programme's third season.

Three Chumblies.  Original photo  Copyright BBC
Three Chumblies. Original photo Copyright BBC

The Story

Following a skirmish in deep space, two alien spaceships have crash-landed on a planet in Galaxy Four. The Drahvins are a race of beautiful females, led by the imperious Maaga. The Rills are hideous, tusked monstrosities, accompanied by their robotic servants, the Chumblies.

When the Doctor arrives, he discovers that the planet will explode in two days. The Drahvins desperately ask for his help in escaping the doomed planet and the hostile Rills.

But, things are not always as they seem....

Maaga (Stephanie Bidmead).  Original photo  Copyright BBC
Maaga (Stephanie Bidmead). Original photo Copyright BBC

The Production

Galaxy Four kicked-off Doctor Who's third season - the first episode being broadcast on Saturday 11th September 1965. The story is a fairly simple tale and the moral of the story is obvious - don't judge by appearances. It was producer Verity Lambert's decision to make the Drahvins female, thus adding to the drama. The advance publicity in the press did the show no harm, either.

Peter Purves was not too happy with his part in this story. This was because when the story was originally commissioned, it was envisaged that Ian and Barbara would be in it. The script was subsequently edited, with Steven in Barbara's part. At the end of the story there is a link into the next week's episode - Mission To The Unknown.

Maaga and the Drahvins.  Original photo  Copyright BBC
Maaga and the Drahvins. Original photo Copyright BBC

Galaxy Four in the Radio Times for 18th September 1965

Availability

A short clip from Episode One is included on the "Lost In Time" DVD boxset. Episode Three of this story was returned to the BBC in December 2011 and is included as one of the extras on the DVD 'The Aztecs - Special Edition', released in March 2013.

Galaxy Four was released as part of the BBC Audio Collection in a double-CD set in 2001, with linking narration by Peter Purves. A video reconstruction of the story is also available. See the Loose Cannon Website for more details.