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The Exploding Planet 

The Doctor and Vicki enlist the aid of the Chumblies to rescue Steven from the Drahvins and then find a way off the planet before its destruction.

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... Dr. Who
... Vicki
... Steven Taylor
Stephanie Bidmead ... Maaga
Marina Martin ... Drahvin One
Susanna Carroll ... Drahvin Two
Lyn Ashley ... Drahvin Three
Robert Cartland ... Rill Voice (voice)
... Jeff Garvey
Angelo Muscat ... Chumbley Operator
Willie Shearer ... Chumbley Operator (as William Shearer)
Pepi Poupee ... Chumbley Operator
Tommy Reynolds ... Chumbley Operator
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The Doctor and Vicki enlist the aid of the Chumblies to rescue Steven from the Drahvins and then find a way off the planet before its destruction.

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2 October 1965 (UK)  »

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This episode was wiped by the BBC and no copy of it is known to exist. See more »

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[first lines]
Maaga: Why do you not give up, Earthman?
Steven Taylor: [gasping, and heavy breathing] I'd rather face the Chumblies than you any day.
Maaga: [evil laughter] That will not work now. The pressure has locked the door. You must surrender, or die!
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Galaxy 4: Part 4 - Good story with good regular cast performances.
19 August 2014 | by See 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. All 4 episodes 8/10.


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