Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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Four Hundred Dawns 

After an encounter with a hostile robot called a Chumblie, the Doctor and his companions are rescued by a group of female Drahvins.


Derek Martinus


William Emms

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Episode cast overview:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
Maureen O'Brien ... Vicki
Peter Purves ... Steven Taylor
Stephanie Bidmead Stephanie Bidmead ... Maaga
Marina Martin Marina Martin ... Drahvin 1
Susanna Carroll Susanna Carroll ... Drahvin 2
Lyn Ashley Lyn Ashley ... Drahvin 3
Jimmy Kaye Jimmy Kaye ... Chumblie
Angelo Muscat Angelo Muscat ... Chumblie
Willie Shearer Willie Shearer ... Chumblie (as William Shearer)


After an encounter with a hostile robot called a Chumblie, the Doctor and his companions are rescued by a group of female Drahvins.

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11 September 1965 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Drahvins were originally intended to be male. It was Verity Lambert who suggested that they be female. See more »


[first lines]
Vicki: Arrived have we?
Dr. Who: We have my dear.
Steven Taylor: Good. Where?
Dr. Who: Well, we should know about that when we have a look at the scanner, shan't we.
[switches on the scanner]
Dr. Who: Now, you can both take a look.
Steven Taylor: Where are we Doctor? Is it a planet you recognize?
Vicki: Keep still you nuisance! It's...
Steven Taylor: ...Where we are.
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Galaxy 4: Part 1 - Good story with good regular cast performances.
19 August 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review for all 4 parts:

Galaxy 4 is a four part story beginning with Four Hundred Dawns.

This is a sort of run-of-the-mill adventure but it is well acted, especially by the regular cast and neatly scripted. Overall the story is presented very well and has some interesting ideas such as appearances proving to be deceptive. Most aspects are done effectively enough with a decent performance from leaders of the two rival alien races.

The development of the Doctor's new companions continues to create great 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 a lot of quality.

The story is no classic but is a pretty well executed adventure all round.

Episodes 1, 3 & 4 - 8/10, Episode 2 - 7.5/10.

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