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Drahvins and the Chumblies
Drahvins and the Chumblies
 The Rills tell The Doctor that the dried-up planet is about to die. Back in the control room of the TARDIS, he discovers they are right, but things are worse than they thought. There is only one day of life left - one day to escape.

 When the TARDIS lands on an arid planet, it seems as though the whole place is desolate and lifeless. But then The Doctor, Steven and Vicki discover two crashed spaceships: one contains the Drahyins, a race of stunning beauty, the other contains the hideous Rills. However, as the team soon find out, appearances can be deceptive. It emerges that the beauty of the Drahvins hides a colony of mindless clones who are controlled by the cruel, powerful matriarch Maaga, whereas the ugly Rills are friendly and intelligent explorers.

 With the Drahvinsí ship damaged beyond repair, can the Rills get off the planet before the evil Maaga hijacks their craft in her own effort to escape?

Source: BBC Audio


General Information

Season: Three
Production Code: T
Story Number: 18
Episode Numbers:82 - 85
Number of Episodes: 4
Number of Incomplete/Missing Episodes:3
Percentage of Episodes Held:25%
Alternative Titles:"Galaxy Four"
Working Titles:"The Chumblies"
Production Dates: June - July 1965
Broadcast Started: 11 September 1965
Broadcast Finished: 02 October 1965
Colour Status: B&W
Studio: Ealing Television Film Studios and BBC Television Centre (TC3 and TC4)
Location: None
Writer:William Emms
Director:Derek Martinus
Producer:Verity Lambert
Story Editor:Donald Tosh
Production Assistant:Angela Gordon
Assistant Floor Managers:Marjorie Yorke and Sue Willis
Designer:Richard Hunt
Costume Designer:Daphne Dare
Make-Up Designer:Sonia Markham
Lighting:Derek Hobday and Ralph Walton
Incidental Music:From Stock
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Brian Hodgson
Studio Sounds:George Prince
Title Sequence:Bernard Lodge
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Delia Derbyshire
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: William Hartnell (The First Doctor)
Number of Companions: 2The Companions: Maureen O'Brien (Vicki) and Peter Purves (Steven Taylor) Additional Cast: Stephanie Bidmead (Maaga), Marina Martin (Drahvin One), Susanna Carroll (Drahvin Two), Lyn Ashley (Drahvin Three), Jimmy Kaye (Chumblie), William Shearer (Chumblie), Angelo Muscat (Chumblie), Pepi Poupťe (Chumblie), Tommy Reynolds (Chumblie), Robert Cartland (Rill Voice), Barry Jackson (Garvey)Setting: An unknown planet Villain:Drahvins

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
82Four Hundred Dawns11 September 196522'21"9.0Missing
83Trap of Steel18 September 196524'51"9.5Missing
84Air Lock25 September 196524'19"11.316mm telerecording
85The Exploding Planet02 October 196524'47"9.9Missing

Total Duration 1 Hour 36 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 9.9
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (1998)58.16%  (Position = 130 out of 159)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)55.51% Lower (Position = 172 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)57.98% Higher (Position = 210 out of 241)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2023) Position = 26 out of 29


Archives


 Only episode 3 exists as a 16mm telerecording. Also a very limited number of photographic images exist. About 6 minutes of footage exists from "Four Hundred Dawns". Including a clip used on the BBC program The Lively Arts, a film print of a telerecording held by a fan and portions of an 8mm home movie reel shot off a television set.



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Notes


Different versions of this story have used an alternative spelling of the title: "Galaxy Four", and this is the title that was used for the Target book release for this story.

Former producer Mervyn Pinfield was originally planned to direct the story, and he was indeed involved in casting and initial film work until he fell ill and so was replaced by Derek Martinus.

The Chumblies - as they were named by Vicki - were designed by Richard Hunt. Four were made, each about a metre tall - just large enough for one of the small actors to fit inside. Like the Daleks a light, fitted to the top of the dome, was illuminated to indicate which robot was communicating with its Rill masters.

The Rill voices were originally to be provided by Anthony Paul. The change in casting was to late for the listing in the Radio Times, for the third episode, to be chaged.

The story's central twist, that the beautiful Drahvins are actually the villains of the piece, was partially ruined by the fact that newspapers gave away the twist before the story was broadcast.

The Drahvins are named (but not seen) as being among the many alien races gathered above Earth in the 2010 Eleventh Doctor story "The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang".

This story was originally filmed as part of the second season bloc. Along with "Mission to the Unknown", these stories were held over to Season Three.

Unfortunately only the third episode currently exist in the BBC Archives. All four episodes were reported missing from the BBC Film and Videotape Library following an audit in 1978. However, some footage (about 6 minutes) was discovered from the first episode ("Four Hundred Dawns"). Then the third episode, "Air Lock", was returned in December 2011, by a private collector.

The third episode, "Air Lock", along with reconstructions of episodes 1, 2 and 4, were released on DVD, in March 2013, as an extra on the Special Edition release of the "The Aztecs" DVD.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first story of Season Three (even though it was recorded as part of Season Two but held back).

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by William Emms.

 The first Doctor Who story to be directed by Derek Martinus.

 Richard Hunt's first involvement in the show as Designer.

 The first Doctor Who story to be recorded at Ealing Television Film Studios.


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The Plot

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The Doctor with the Drahvins
The Doctor with the Drahvins

The Doctor, Vicki and Steven Taylor arrive on an eerily silent and arid planet in Galaxy 4, where they meet the occupants of two crashed spaceships: the beautiful Drahvins and the hideous, reptilian Rills.

They also encounter curious small robots, which Vicki names Chumblies. It is unclear, at first, whether the robots are hostile and so the time travellers are wary of them. One of the robots is disabled by a party of Drahvins - who The Doctor learns are from the planet Drahva that is also in Galaxy 4.

After being captured by Drahvins, The Doctor and his companions soon realise that the Drahvins are mindless, female cloned soldiers terrorised by the warlike matriarch, Maaga - who treats her other warriors with bullying contempt.

The Drahvins
The Drahvins

Maaga also paints a picture of the Drahvins as the attacked species in the scenario, but The Doctor has witnessed some of the Drahvin aggression and is clearly not convinced.

She explains that both spaceships were damaged when the Drahvins precipitated a confrontation in space, but whereas the Rills' is almost ready to take off again - having been repaired by their robot drones, the Chumblies - the Drahvins' spaceship is irreparable.

A Chumbley
A Chumbley

Then it is discovered that the planet is on the point of disintegration and that Maaga and her warriors are keen to capture the Rill spaceship so that she and the rest of the Drahvins can escape. But instead of the 14 days the Drahvins think the planet has left before it is destroyed The Doctor calculates that they only have two days before they all have to leave. The Doctor tries to keep this new finding from the Drahvins, but Maaga reveals her true colours and forces the truth from him.

With Steven held as hostage, to ensure their co-operation, The Doctor and Vicki are sent by the Drahvins to try to seize control of the Rill spaceship. However, while in the Rills' spaceship, The Doctor discovers that the Rills are in fact a very advanced species. Confounding expectations, the Rills, who the Drahvins are at war with, prove to be friendly, compassionate explorers.

The ugly, horned, ammonia-breathing Rill explains that they have offered to take the Drahvins away with them but Maaga has refused, preferring to maintain the state of war she began when the Drahvins shot down the Rillís craft. The Doctor tells the Rills of the true life remaining in the planet and promises to help them escape, by allowing them to draw power from the TARDIS in order to refuel and escape.

The Doctor and Vicki
The Doctor and Vicki

The Doctor and Vicki then return to the Drahvin ship but find Steven unconscious after Maaga had tried to kill him. They manage to rescue him just in time and, with the aid of a Chumbley, they manage to return to the TARDIS.

Learning that the Rillís are about to escape Maaga leads the Drahvins in a final assault on the Rill craft. But the Chumblies defend the Rillís ship long enough for it to power up and leave the planet leaving the Drahvins behind to perish on the dying world.

 
The Drahvin's ship
The Drahvin's ship
Steven and Vicki
Steven and Vicki
A Rill
A Rill
Maaga
Maaga
 
Trapped by the Chumblies
Trapped by the Chumblies
The Doctor and Steven
The Doctor and Steven
Vicki is Held Hostage
Vicki is Held Hostage
A Chumbley
A Chumbley




Quote of the Story


 'It is easy to help others when they are so willing to help you.'

A Rill



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Audio
CD
30 Years at the Radiophonic Workshop1993BBC CD 871Photo-montageSound effects
Video
VHS
The Missing YearsNovember 1998BBCV 6766Photo-montageA 56 minute documentary presented by Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) and Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield) Includes 6 minutes of existing footage of episode 1 "Four Hundred Dawns" Released as part of The Ice Warriors Collection (BBCV 6387)
Audio
CD
Galaxy 4June 2000Photo-montageNarrated by Peter Purves (Steven Taylor) Double CD Release
Audio
CD
Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume One - The Early Years 1963-1969June 2000WMSF 6023-2Music and sound effects
Video
DVD
Doctor Who: Lost in TimeNovember 2004BBCDVD 1353Photo-montageIncludes missing footage from episode 1 "Four Hundred Dawns"
Audio
CD
Galaxy 4August 2010Photo-montagePart of the "Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes: Collection One 1964-1965" Box Set Narrated by Peter Purves (Steven Taylor)
Video
DVD
Galaxy 4March 2013BBCDVD 3689Photo-montageEpisode 3 only Included with "The Aztecs" Special Edition DVD
Audio
CD
The 50th Anniversary CollectionDecember 2013Photo-montageOriginal Television Soundtracks
Audio
LP
Galaxy 4April 2019Photo-montageLimited Edition Double LP - Narrated by Peter Purves (Steven Taylor)
Video
DVD
Galaxy 4November 2021BBCDVD 4463Photo-montageDVD containing Episode 3 and black & white and colour animated versions of the whole story.
Video
Blu-Ray
Galaxy 4November 2021BBCBD 0523Photo-montageBlu-Ray containing Episode 3 and black & white and colour animated versions of the whole story.
Video
Blu-Ray
Galaxy 4November 2021BBCBD 0524Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing Episode 3 and black & white and colour animated versions of the whole story.


In Print

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)PublisherAuthorCover ArtRemarks
Novel
Novel
Galaxy FourJanuary 1985Target No. 104William EmmsAndrew SkilleterISBN: 0-426-20203-3
Script
Script
Galaxy 4July 1994Titan BooksWilliam EmmsAlister PearsonEdited by John McElroy.
ISBN: 1-85286-566-0
CD
CD
Galaxy 4July 2017Target No. 104William EmmsAndrew SkilleterAudio version of the Target Novel read by Maureen O'Brien (Vicki).
Doctor Who CMS Magazine (An Adventure in Space and Time)Issue 18
Doctor Who WeeklyIssue 24 (Released: March 1980)
Doctor Who WeeklyIssue 25 (Released: April 1980)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveIssue 87 (Released: April 1984)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 291 (Released: May 2000)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveIssue 299 (Released: January 2001)
Doctor Who Magazine - ReviewIssue 443 (Released: February 2012)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 461 (Released: July 2013)

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Sound Effects CD Cover
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Missing Years VHS Video Cover
Missing Years VHS Video Cover

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Soundtrack CD Cover
Soundtrack CD Cover

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AUDIO
Audio - Volume 1: The Early Years
Audio - Volume 1: The Early Years

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AUDIO
   
Lost In Time DVD Cover
Lost In Time DVD Cover

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The Lost TV Episodes: Collection One CD Cover
The Lost TV Episodes: Collection One CD Cover

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Special Edition DVD Cover
Special Edition DVD Cover

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The 50th Anniversary Collection Cover
The 50th Anniversary Collection Cover

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Original Television Soundtrack LP Cover
Original Television Soundtrack LP Cover

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Blu-Ray Cover

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Blu-Ray Steelbook Cover
Blu-Ray Steelbook Cover

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Target Book Cover
Target Book Cover

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Titan Script Book Cover
Titan Script Book Cover

Titan
SCRIPT
Target Audio CD Cover
Target Audio CD Cover

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Magazines

Doctor Who CMS Magazine (An Adventure in Space and Time): Issue 18
Doctor Who CMS Magazine (An Adventure in Space and Time): Issue 18

CMS
Doctor Who Weekly: Issue 24
Doctor Who Weekly: Issue 24

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Weekly: Issue 25
Doctor Who Weekly: Issue 25

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Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 87
Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 87

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 291
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 291

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 299
Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 299

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Review: Issue 443
Doctor Who Magazine - Review: Issue 443

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 461
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 461

Marvel Comics
   


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