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|Catalogue number||ISBN 0-563-55261-1|
|Title||Doctor Who - The massacre|
|Cover condition||Near mint|
|Record condition||Near mint|
|BBC records label code||-|
|Label||BBC Radio Collection|
|Distributed / printed by||BBC Audiobooks Ltd.|
|Media genre||Dramas - Sci-fi View all other tracks listed as Dramas - Sci-fi.|
|Run-off codes / Shop bar codes|| DOCTOR WHO CD : 1 : 2 : 2 .|
90195 DOCTOR WHO CD2 1 : 1 : 3
|My rating||Not set|
|Guest rating||Current average value is 3. |
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|Middle of cover|
TracksBelow is a list of tracks for this release.
|Side & track||Track and Artist||Length|
|A1||WAR OF GOD||0.41|
|A2||Scene 1 - Rue de Bethisy||2.28|
|A3||Scene 2 - Inside the tavern||5.57|
|A4||Scene 3 - Preslin's shop||2.14|
|A5||Scene 4 - Inside the tavern||1.05|
|A6||Scene 5 - Paris street||0.46|
|A7||Scene 6 - Outside the tavern||0.20|
|A8||Scene 7 - Inside the tavern||1.03|
|A9||Scene 8 - Preslin's shop||0.40|
|A10||Scene 9 - Inside the tavern||1.56|
|A11||Scene 10 - The Abbot of Amboise's apartments||1.12|
|A12||Scene 11 - Inside the tavern||1.26|
|A13||Scene 12 - Preslin's shop||0.31|
|A14||Scene 13 - Inside the tav ern||3.09|
|A15||Scene 14 - The Abbot of Amboise's apartments||1.25|
|A16||THE SEA BEGGAR||0.38|
|A17||Scene 1 - Room in the house of de Coligny||0.51|
|A18||Scene 2 - Outside the tavern||1.00|
|A19||Scene 3 - Room in the house of de Coligny||4.41|
|A20||Scene 4 - The louvre||2.41|
|A21||Scene 5 - Outside Preslin's shop||2.08|
|A22||Scene 6 - The Abbot of Amboise's apartments||1.23|
|A23||Scene 7 - Room in the house of de Coligny||1.28|
|A24||Scene 8 - Outside the Abbot of Amboise's apartments||1.08|
|A25||Scene 9 - Inside the Abbot of Amboise's apartments||1.46|
|A26||Scene 10 - Room in the house of de Coligny||2.55|
|A27||Scene 11 - Paris streets||2.24|
|A28||Scene 12 - Room in the house of de Coligny||1.40|
|B1||PRIEST OF DEATH||0.41|
|B2||Scene 1 - Preslin's shop||1.26|
|B3||Scene 2 - Council chamber at The Louvre||2.37|
|B4||Scene 3 - Preslin's shop||0.57|
|B5||Scene 4 - Council chamber at The Louvre||2.32|
|B6||Scene 5 - The Abbot of Amboise's apartments||1.31|
|B7||Scene 5A - Outside the door||0.12|
|B8||Scene 5 - Continued||0.53|
|B9||Scene 6 - Nicholas's rooms at the house of de Cologny||0.52|
|B10||Scene 7 - Rue des Fosse St Germain||2.17|
|B11||Scene 8 - The Abbot of Amboise's apartments||2.14|
|B12||Scene 9 - Council chamber at The Lourve||1.20|
|B13||Scene 10 - Nicholas's room in the house of de Coligny||1.59|
|B14||Scene 11 - Council chamber at The Louvre||3.05|
|B15||Scene 12 - Paris street||2.06|
|B16||BELL OF DOOM||0.43|
|B17||Scene 1 - Preslin's shop||0.43|
|B18||Scene 2 - Marshall Tavanne's study||1.10|
|B19||Scene 3 - Preslin's shop||0.56|
|B20||Scene 4 - Nicholas's room at the house of de Coligny||1.59|
|B21||Scene 5 - Preslin's shop||2.33|
|B22||Scene 6 - Tavanne's study||3.35|
|B23||Scene 7 - Cul de sac outside de Coligny's house||2.45|
|B24||Scene 8 - Inside the TARDIS||4.36|
|B25||Scene 9 - Road beside Wimbledon Common||0.16|
|B26||Scene 10 - Inside the TARDIS||4.19|
|Total length of media 1:37:53.|
More informationBelow is further information captured for this release.
Extra notes on cover, middle (gatefold sleeve) and any inserts
William Hartnell (1st Doctor)
Peter Purves (Steven)
William Hartnell - The Abbot of Amboise
Eric Thompson - Gaston
Reginald Jerssup - Servant
David Weston - Nicholas
John Tillinger - Simon
Edward Finn - Landlord
Christopher Trancholl - Roger
Erik Chitty - Preslin
Annette Robertson - Anne
Clive Cazes - Captain of the Guard
Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The TARDIS materialises in Paris in 1572, a time of great danger and religious strife. Whilst the Doctor pays a visit to famous apothecary Charles Preslin, Steven is befriended by a group of Protestants who come from the household of Admiral de Coligny.
Meanwhile the Catholic Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici, aided by the hated dignitary the Abbot of Amboise, is hatching a plot to kill all French Protestants - starting with de Coligny. Worryingly for Steven, the Abbot bears an uncanny resemblance to the Doctor. And when the plot fails and the Abbot is condemned to death, he is even more alarmed. Was that the Doctor being killed? Or does the Abbot just look like him?
The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve is credited to John Lucarotti, though in fact the original idea came from the BBC's Donald Tosh and it was he who wrote the final versions of all four scripts.
Lucarotti was a master of the historical adventure and this was the last in a series of three that he contributed to Doctor Who. He was unhappy with the final versions of the scripts produced by Tosh. He had originally envisaged the Doctor playing a much larger role in the story; as it is, he disappears half-way through the first episode and does not reappear until the fourth. It would seem though that Tosh's idea of having William Hartnell play only the Abbot for most of the story worked better. Firstly the limited editing facilities available would have made it tricky to show Hartnell constantly in his double role. Secondly the fact that the Doctor isn't around leaves the viewer guessing - is the Abbot the Doctor in disguise or does he have a physical double? Thirdly, the Doctor's prolonged absence allows Steven to play a more central role than usual - this was the first time in the series' history that c companion had taken centre stage.
A second objection that Lucarotti had to Tosh's idea was that the historical events depicted were relatively unknown. Again, though, this worked in the story's favour. As Steven is swept up in events, neither he nor the audience know what is going to happen, so the atmosphere is more intense and the ending has far more impact. It could also be said that by taking a piece of slightly obscure history Tosh was fulfilling the original educational purpose of the series, as conceived by Sydney Newman.
A slightly grimmer story than usual, The Massacre contained some fine performances. So popular was the character of Anne Chaplet, in fact, the produces considered making her a regular companion. However, it was eventually decided that taking a companion from the past would cause too many difficulties - the Doctor would have to explain many things that the viewer would already be aware of. Instead a descendant of Anne, Dodo Chaplet, came into the series - although it's often been pointed out that Anne would have to have married someone with the same surname as her own in order for Dodo to be her descendant!
This was also a story that silenced some of William Hartnell's critics. His intense performance as the Abbot showed that his eccentric, doddery Doctor was not just an extension of his own character; it was a character Hartnell had created.
|I have the title track on these releases:|
|[cds]||ISBN 0-563-49494-8||Doctor Who - Adventures in history|
|A selection of archive collections from across the BBC.|
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