Doctor Who lost story ‘The Celestial Toymaker’ getting Vinyl release

Demon Records presents the narrated TV soundtrack of a ‘lost’ Doctor Who TV serial, starring William Hartnell as the Doctor.

When the TARDIS lands in the Celestial Toyroom, its occupants meet a new and deadly opponent. The Toymaker rules this ethereal kingdom, and he desires the Doctor, Steven and Dodo to become his perpetual playthings. While Steven and Dodo face a series of challenges posed by clowns, ballerinas and living playing cards, the Doctor is challenged to play the fiendish Trilogic Game against the Toymaker himself. His only hope of escape is to beat the powerful entity at his own game…

Presented across 2 x 140g ‘King & Queen’ red & blue coloured vinyl discs, this 1966 TV adventure is narrated by Peter Purves, who also plays Steven. It stars Michael Gough as the Toymaker, with Jackie Lane as Dodo and a supporting cast including Carmen Silvera, Campbell Singer and Peter Stephens. Incidental music is composed by Dudley Simpson, and the familiar strains of the Doctor Who theme are courtesy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

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The LPs are presented in a fully illustrated gatefold sleeve showing cast and credits, and inner bags featuring complete episode billings.

Several portions of the long-running British science-fiction television programme are no longer held by the BBC. Between 1967 and 1978 the BBC routinely deleted archive programmes for various practical reasons–lack of space, scarcity of materials, a lack of rebroadcast rights.  As a result, 97 of 253 episodes from the programme’s first six years are currently missing, primarily from seasons 3, 4 and 5, leaving 26 serials incomplete. Many more were considered lost until recovered from various sources, mostly overseas broadcasters.

The Celestial Toymaker is the mostly missing sixth serial of the third, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 2 to 23 April 1966.

In this serial, the alien time traveller the First Doctor (Hartnell) and his travelling companions Steven (Purves) and Dodo Chaplet (Lane) are pitted against a powerful adversary called the Celestial Toymaker (Gough). The Toymaker separates the Doctor from his companions to play the Trilogic Game, while Steven and Dodo are forced to win a series of seemingly childish but deadly games before they can be reunited with the Doctor and return to the TARDIS.

Only the last episode of this story, “The Final Test”, is held in the BBC archives; the other three remain missing. “The Final Test” has previously released on VHS and DVD, and the story has been novelised.

Doctor who: The Celestial Toymaker ‘King & Queen Red and Blue’ Vinyl be released on September 30, 2022.

Pre-order your copy on Amazon now.

Also announced this week: The second season for William Hartnell’s First Doctor is the next release to come to Blu-ray with Season 2.

Pre-Order your copy of Doctor Who: The Complete Season 2 (Limited Edition) Blu-Ray on Amazon now.

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