EPISODE: The Space Pirates: Episode Four
OVERALL EPISODE NUMBER: 241
STORY NUMBER: 049
TRANSMITTED: 29 March 1969
WRITER: Robert Holmes
DIRECTOR: Michael Hart
SCRIPT EDITOR: Derrick Sherwin
PRODUCER: Peter Bryant
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Space Pirates
Right my packed Train has just pulled out of Didcot Parkway. I fell over getting on the train at Swindon and had to turf someone out the disabled seating. Time for Space Pirates 4
The Tardis crew find the injured Lt Zorba, seized from station Alpha 4. General Hermack retrieves Major Warne and they pursue a Beta Dart used by the pirates. The Doctor opens the audio lock on the door of the cell they fell into. They find Clancy and escape to Madeline Issigri's office telling her of the pirates on Ta but when Caven enters killing Sorba they realise she's in league with them.
Finally an episode that's a bit more like what it should be. Yes they're in a cell for much of the episode but they're trying to escape and then do something when they do get out.
I've recognised another actor in the series! Jack May, playing General Hermack is a noted voice actor and, aside from being the voice of Igor in Count Duckula, appeared in one of my favourite radio series: He's Theoden in the acclaimed Radio 4 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings which also features Gerard Murphy (Richard in Silver Nemesis) as the Narator, Bill Nighy (the guide in Vincent & The Doctor) as Sam, Peter Howell (The Investigator in the Mutants) as Saruman and Stephen Thorne (Azal in the Daemons, Omega in the Three Doctors and an Eldred in Hand of Fear) as Treebeard. It's fab, buy the CDs.