“Mission to the Unknown” is a 25-minute episode of Doctor Who’s series 3, broadcast on October 9, 1965 on the BBC, and known to be the only episode in which neither the Doctor nor his companions, nor even his Tardis appear. Even so there are his emblematic enemies: the Daleks. This episode is actually a trailer for an arc that will come 5 weeks later: “The Daleks’ Master Plan”, the longest story of Doctor Who. This was also, for Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks, the beginning of a spin-off he imagined, with the Daleks, but which will never happen. But this is mostly a lost episode, one of the episodes not longer held by the BBC. The only way to “watch” it was in reconstruction, with some images and sound remaining. Until today. Why “today”? Simply because a group of Lancashire University students and professors have recreated this episode. It’s a great and colossal work from these students. And the BBC decided to release it on October 9, 2019, the anniversary of the episode, on Doctor Who’s YouTube channel. You know us, we are a bit jealous because we often proposed quality reconstructions of some episodes but that the BBC has never contacted us. But I understand, that’s normal, they must be impressed by the idea of working with the Pepperpot Team. But we seized the opportunity to remake “Mission to the Unknown” so you can choose your favorite! 4:3, black and white… Let’s go! All begins on the planet Kembel, on which three astronauts seek to repair their ship. We will call them Garvey, Cory and Lowery. That’s perfect, that’s their last names. Garvey is alone in the jungle and is in trouble. Ahhhh. I’m in trouble. He feels dizzy and seems like he wants to kill. Kill… Kill…. He goes back to the ship and tries to murder his two co-workers. He arrives behind Lowery and raises his new laser gun. But Cory, who was passing by, shot him first. Lowery is pissed off at Cory who killed his friend. To set him straight, Cory gives him a good slap that will not forget. That’ll teach you. And yes, it’s sad, but he’s dead. Unless… Meanwhile, the others returned to the ship. They discuss about Daleks who invaded the Earth 1000 years ago… and other stuffs that are surely important, but I forgot them. But, what interests me is the one who was dead, who gets up, and turns into something supposed to be half-animal, half-plant, a cactus-like. All I see is a kind of giant wig. What happened to him ? He was stung by a Varga thorn, which attacks the brain and gives a desire to kill and, step by step, transforms him into a Varga. And this plant only grows on Skaro! The planet of the Daleks! Not far away, the Daleks are waiting for the representatives from the seven planets for a meeting. Daleks have changed, they are doing meetings now. We are flatted out on the to-do so I will take the lead on this project. We will plan the workshops ASAP. I expect you to be a creative force. Creative force! Creative force! The ship of humans disturbs them, so they will destroy destroy it. Destroy! Destroy! The humans are waiting quietly in front of several Vargas moving at a snail’s pace. But when they see the Daleks approaching, they take refuge in the jungle. They destroy the empty ship. As humans do not have a ship anymore, they move into the jungle. That’s when Lowery gets bitten by a Varga thorn. – Ouchhh. Meanwhile, the Dalek Supreme meets its guests for a feedback about their brainstorming. Julien, what are these looks? Well, this is this one.
The one with the thing on his head is this one. This is the one with a terrible skin.
Clearly, this one is this one. This is obviously the black one with white eyes. … This one isn’t obvious, but it’s actually him. Aaaaah, ok, ok, I see it now. Their goal: to bring together the great powers of the Universe to destroy all the human colonies. All this is announced in a Dalek city from which Lowery and Cory approach. But Lowery, influenced by Varga, tries to kill Cory, but this one is faster. He just has time to send a radio message to warn of the upcoming invasion before being exterminated exterminated. Exterminate! Exterminate! Without this human, the bad guys take confidence. Victory! Victory! How will humans get by? You will know it by watching “The Daleks’ Master Plan”! Well, that one, we will not reconstruct it, it’s a bit too long. So, what is the best version? We do not leave much chance for the academic version, but remain impartial in your final choice. And congratulations to the students of Lancashire University for making this episode and thanks to the BBC for bringing this kind of fan proj… Come on, be corporate, “put the like on the vid” as we say in our business, leave a feedback and subscribe to check the next services from scratch. I leave you, I have a call call.