Watched "Day of Armageddon", "Counter Plot" and "Escape Switch" last night and this morning. Not alot to add to what you've said above. Interesting seeing Courtney playing someone other than the Brigadier.
Mavic Chen has kind of a grotesque look - almost like the were going for a weird "albino blackface" look.
Took me a minute to remember who the heck Katarina was - I was particularly struck by the scene where she started praying to the Doctor.
Nice seeing Jean Marsh again.
Speaking of "grotesque", the faces that Hartnell, Purves and Marsh made when the transporter kicked were pretty over the top.
The scene of the Doctor fighting the "invisible" (a.k.a. "cheap") monster was pretty funny.
A shame so much of this was lost.
The Baron said:
I'd forgotten that Steven was poisoned at the end of "The Myth Makers" - I shall have to dig out the novelization, later.
Some of the novelisations depart from the serials, so the volume may do so. I've not read The Myth Makers, but it's one of Donald Cotton's; his novelisation of The Romans is very humorous.
Incidentally, the novelisations of the first Dalek serial, The Web Planet and The Crusades pre-date the Target series and date from the 60s. (That's why the Dalek one begins with the schoolteachers' getting stuck aboard the Tardis.) The first and third were written by David Whitaker (Whitaker was the show's first script editor, wrote The Crusades, and wrote other 60s Doctor Who tie-ins). The Zarbi one was written by the serial's author, Bill Strutton.
The authors of the earlier Target volumes included Terrance Dicks, Malcolm Hulke, Gerry Davis and Brian Hayles. Barry Letts did The Daemons. Ian Marter and Phillip Hinchcliffe did a couple of the earlier Tom Baker ones. For a while Terrance Dicks a lot of them, although a number of the Davison ones were done by the serials' authors. Later on the serials' original authors seemed to have first refusal (it may be they became more willing to do them), and those which weren't done by them were done by various parties.
(corrected) Wikipedia has an order-of-publication list here.
Thanks to my good friend Jeff, I got to hear "The Feast of Steven" over the weekend. Interesting styuff. Makes me wish even more that this story available in its entirety. It must have been odd back in the day, watching this week in and week out, for them to take a week off in the middle of this lengthiest of Dalek adventures for them to suddenly send out a comedy episode. That said, it's amusing stuff and well worth a listen if you get the chance.
As much as I liked this one when I listened to the audio-only version of the television soundtrack, it was a little hard to follow, even with the linking narration, unless one paid the strictest of attention to the multiple characters and scene shifts. The book, though, was intended to be experienced without pictures. The audiobook (which I am listening to), comprises 10 discs (two sets), divided into two parts: “Mission to the Unknown”and “The Mutation of Time.” I’ve already decided that, at some point in the future, I will listen to the audiobook and television soundtrack together, alternating back and forth, allowing them to complement one another.
The official Doctor Who Youtube channel has put up the recreation of "Mission to the Unknown" as performed by the University of Central Lancashire. Well worth a look!
Thanks for letting us know! We'll be sure to cast it when Tracy gets back in town.
Whenever I see one of these old threads pop up, I half expect to read the annoncement of an actor's death. I'm glad it was good news this time!
We watched this several weeks ago and I forgot to post anything about it. The university did a good job of mimicking a 1960s professional production. I wouldn't mind seeing more of these, but I guess there aren't just too many episodes which would qualify (i.e., a Doctor Who with no Doctor).