Out Now: Doctor Who – The Complete History #34

If we consider the massive news that the missing serial was to be animated, we might think of 2016 as the year of The Power of the Daleks, and The Complete History suitably concludes 2016 with Issue 34, covering the Second Doctor’s first four serials.

Volume 9 of this 80-issue partwork introduces Patrick Troughton’s incarnation of the Time Lord, and Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon. Here’s what the hardback features:

The Power of the Daleks

On the planet Vulcan, the Doctor discovers that a human colony is under threat from a sinister, but familiar menace exhumed from the mercury swamps.

The Highlanders

When the TARDIS arrives in Scotland in 1746, the Doctor and Ben are sold as slaves by the crooked solicitor, Grey.

The Underwater Menace

In the lost city of Atlantis, the insane Professor Zaroff has convinced the Atlanteans that he is going to raise their city to the surface, but in truth he intends to destroy the world.

The Moonbase

On the Moon in the year 2070, a mysterious plague has struck the base that controls the Earth’s weather – the first stage of a Cyberman plan to invade the Earth.

Man, that synopsis for The Underwater Menace makes it sound just completely mad, doesn’t it? And yes, it is nuts, but still. Glorious.

The interesting thing is, if this issue were released a few years ago, a large proportion of the audience would know very little of the serials; only those familiar with the soundtracks or telesnaps would be adequately versed in them. Now, of course, we can look at animated version of The Power of the Daleks, and the missing episodes of The Moonbaseplus two found episodes of The Underwater Menace. Three of the four incomplete stories are part of the DVD range, and that’s cause to celebrate!

I admit to not being overly familiar with The Highlanders – I’ll have to brush up on it! – but I really like the other three stories presented here, especially The Moonbase. Oh, it’s wonderful. Barmy, of course, but it’s the Cybermen on the moon!

I, like many, I’m sure, have a new-found love for The Power of the Daleks too, so finding out more about the behind-the-scenes of the six-parter is too good a prospect to resist.

Doctor Who: The Complete History #34 is out now, priced £9.99 in the UK or $24.99 in Australia and New Zealand. UK readers, however, can take advantage of Hachette’s January sale and get every issue of The Complete History, up to and including #34, for just £5.

  • Dr. Moo

    The Evil of the Daleks >>> The Power of the Daleks

    • TimeChaser

      I hope Evil will be the next one they animate, if they intend to continue that. You definitely need both of them I think, since they are the sole representatives of Dalek stories in the Troughton era. I should read the novels sometime, but there’s nothing like actually watching it.

      • Dr. Moo

        Having recently watched it in recon format, I really really hope they get it done. The animated version of Power was amazing and since Evil is the better story it needs to be given the same treatment.

        • TimeChaser

          I still need to watch Power. I was in the hospital for most of its run and without BBCAmerica. Unfortunately something went screwy in my recording so I missed an episode of the B&W version, but they replayed the whole thing colorized. Luckily it looks like we’ll get it over here on DVD toward the end of the month.

  • Dr. Moo

    You really should give The Highlanders a try Philip, it’s nothing special but it introduces Jamie and marks the end of the Pure Historical making it a must-see.

    • Philip

      I definitely will; it’s just it always takes me longer to get round to the soundtracks – I suppose if I want to listen to DW, I immediately turn to Big Finish.

    • TimeChaser

      I’m lucky that I got the novelization many years ago as a birthday present.

  • Robin Bland

    If ever I am in outer space, I will keep plenty of plastic tea trays with me in case my environment is pierced by a stray meteor or alien ray gun. I hear sacks of sugar also come in handy.

    No, I love The Moonbase too, I really do. Looking forward to this issue!

  • Rick714

    One slight correction: “Barmy, of course, but it’s the Cybermen on the egg!”! 🙂

    • Dr. Moo


      • FrancoPabloDiablo

        Indeed! The first rule of Kill The Moon is that we don’t speak about Kill The Moon!

      • Rick714

        I shall never stop defending the bold brilliance of “Kill The Egg”! 🙂

        • Dr. Moo

          I’ll give you bold… briliiant notsomuch. >:O

          • TimeChaser

            I don’t know. There’s bold, and then there’s just foolhardy.

        • FrancoPabloDiablo

          It is your right to defend it. After all, every piece of s**t is someone else’s treasure. But really, your are using the word ‘brilliance’ fast and loosely there! 🙂

        • bar’s secret brother

          This site is great. anything can turn into a fun discussion. splendid chaps, all of you.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            “Jenkins! Episode with egg there, five rounds rapid”