Doctor Who’s Lost Episodes from the 60s starring William Hartnell’s first incarnation of the titular Time Lord ‘to be remade as CARTOONS’
Four episodes of Doctor Who’s third series from 1965 – starring William Hartnell as the very first Time Lord – will reportedly be regenerated as cartoons.
Season three of the show kicked off in the 1960s with a four-part story called Galaxy 4, with the first of four black and white episodes – the only one still in existence – found in a private collection in 2011.
The quartet’s script is said to have survived thanks to a Doctor Who fan who recorded the audio for the episodes when they aired, and they are now animated in color.
Exciting: Four episodes of Doctor Who’s third series from 1965 – starring William Hartnell as the very first Time Lord – will be regenerated as cartoons
The revival of the Galaxy 4 in cartoon form was first reported by The mirror.
The episodes star Peter Purves and actress Maureen O’Brien – 26 and 22, respectively – alongside William and follow the Doctor’s encounter with beautiful women known as Drahvins – who are evil – as well as the kind but monstrous Rills.
Both Peter, now 83, and Maureen, 77, played the doctor’s traveling companions.
William was the first doctor and played the role from 1963 to 1966, starring in 137 episodes.
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Decades Ago: The episodes starring Peter Purves and actress Maureen O’Brien alongside William, and were considered lost until audio was found in a private collection
In Color: The episodes ‘script has been preserved thanks to a Doctor Who fan who recorded the episodes’ audio when they aired, and the quartet is now animated in color (photo: William Hartnell)
Doctor Who has been produced by the BBC since 1963 and when it was first released it was intended to be a regular weekly program to air on Saturday evenings.
It originally ran for 26 seasons from November 23, 1963 to December 6, 1989.
The show was intended as an educational show for families to teach the younger audience about history as the Doctor traveled through time with his companions, a history and science teacher.
The concept of regeneration was added to the series after William fell ill and stepped down from his role.
William died of heart failure in 1975 at the age of 67.
Educational: The show was intended as an educational show for families to teach the younger audience about history as the Doctor traveled through time (William on set in 1965)