The Famous Five: Five Run Away Together dir. James Gatward; adapted by Gail Renard (ITV, 1979) The character interactions are stilted and the story is heavily abridged. However, this is the one episode of the 1970s Famous Five adaptation worth sitting through—for Patrick Troughton’s comparative masterclass as the understated yet commanding, henpecked yet still villainous Mr Stick.
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The Black Archive #40: The Underwater Menace
The Black Archive #40: The Underwater Menace by James Cooray Smith (Obverse Books, 2020) An intelligent and impeccably researched reappraisal of the somewhat maligned Patrick Troughton story. Cooray Smith not only considers the production on its merits but also takes into account the historical circumstances behind its coming to lodge unfavourably in Doctor Who fan consciousness.
Doctor Who: Fury From the Deep
Doctor Who: Fury From the Deep by Victor Pemberton; dir. Hugh David (BBC, 1968/2020) This lost story always had good wraps—a tightly written, claustrophobic six-parter bolstered by Dudley Simpson’s tense score (and a resolution that validates the screaming companion!). Its rebirth in animated form makes for a welcome addition, albeit that Troughton remains quintessentially inimitable.
Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones
Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones by David Ellis & Malcolm Hulke; dir. Gerry Mill (BBC, 1967/2020) The mostly lost Patrick Troughton story brought to life by way of animation. This one is well-acted and a nice blend of atmosphere and intrigue, albeit a tad overlong and that the antagonists insist on lumbering themselves with a moonboot-sized Achilles heel.
Doctor Who: The Macra Terror
Doctor Who: The Macra Terror by Ian Stuart Black; dir. John Davies (BBC, 1967/2019) While lost Doctor Who stories often work well just in audio form, significant portions of The Macra Terror unfold without dialogue – making it an astute choice for reconstruction. Patrick Troughton’s Doctor and the titular giant crabs fare particularly well in the animation.