Loose Cannon Production 14
The Crusade
"Keep one hand out in friendship,
but keep the other on your sword"

BBC Production Details
Production Code: P
Original Transmission (UK): Saturday 27th March 1965 -
Saturday 17th April 1965
Season: 2
Number of Episodes: 4
Writer: David Whitaker
Producer: Verity Lambert
Director: Douglas Camfield

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Loose Cannon Production Details
Production Release Date: December 2000
Episode(s) Reconstructed: Episodes 2,4
Source Material: John Cura's telesnaps
Audio recorded by David Holman & James Russell
  No clips exist for this story
Other authentic pictures
  Composite pictures
Tape length required: UK / Australia: E180
USA / Canada: T120

Bonus Material

As well as the reconstruction we are able to bring you the following goodies…


Celebrity Introduction

Introduction and linking narration of episodes 1 & 3 by Julian Glover (Richard the Lionheart).. Learn more about Julian's work in our Hall of Fame...


Special Note:  

We had already engaged in some 18 months of research and photo gathering for this recon when the BBC announced the return of episode 1 in 1999. Although the BBC rush-released this episode (along with episode 3 which they already held), they neglected to provide reconstructions of the other episodes. Therefore we decided to continue with our reconstructions of episodes 2 and 4 to complement the subsequent BBC release.

Let's be clear about this. The BBC have released a wonderful DVD called "Doctor Who: Lost in Time" which features the surviving episodes of this story lovingly restored. There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY we will be issuing copies of these with the recon, nor (whilst we're at it) will we ever make the recon episodes available in any format other than VHS.
Loose Cannon fully support the BBC and suggest you purchase the official BBC video release to complement our reconstruction.

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Loose Cannon Says:

When the BBC released the Crusade box set, there were no known surviving telesnaps from this story. Shortly afterwards a complete set of original telesnaps from the Crusade were discovered in the hands of a private collector. As the return of part one of this story (The Lion) to the BBC archives was still relatively recent we decided it would be sensible not to release the surviving episodes of this story as part of the reconstruction. We therefore decided to design the Crusade reconstruction as a companion tape to the BBC release with linking material explaining events in the surviving episodes. We were absolutely delighted when Julian Glover (Richard the Lionheart) very kindly offered to film the introduction and linking material for us. Also included on the tape are narrated historical extracts explaining events in the life of Richard the Lionheart both before and after the events in the Dr Who story.

For this particular reconstruction another first for the Loose Cannon team was to negotiate access to the original telesnaps from a private collector. Working from original source material makes the Crusade reconstruction the clearest ever telesnap reconstruction. During these negotiations we also gained permission to use original telesnaps for a series of other Dr Who stories, which will be produced in the future.


It's 12th century Palestine and King Richard the Lionheart is embroiled in a Holy war against the Saracen ruler, Saladin. After Barbara is abducted in a Saracen ambush, the Doctor, Ian and Vicki make their way to the King's palace.

At first the King will not help with her rescue, but he relents and lets Ian attempt it, equipping him for the task with a knighthood.

Meanwhile the Kings's secret plans to make peace with Saladin are discovered and all hell breaks loose.


Review by Steve Woolfall

Hi there. Well, I sat through the Crusade last night and, WOW ! It's very different but the historical material worked very well and gave the whole thing a nice context. It will be interesting to see the general response as I am in the history trade so may be a little bias. I'm really envious of you meeting Julian Glover. I've always admired his work (he would have made a great Dr) and he comes across as a really genuine, nice and very interesting chap. It's obvious he enjoyed doing the tape (unless he's a really, really great actor) and it was fascinating to hear his comments on the cast - we'll never see him at a convention so this was the next best thing. It was also nice to see clips of his other work and, in a way, this is a very nice tribute tape to the man himself. The recon itself was very crisp and clear. The links worked fine (although I did watch the Beeb episodes too). Congratulations to you. If Enemy of the World is this good I might try and like it as a story a bit more as it's not one of my favourites.

Review By Daniel Squire

If you have seen the recent BBC release of "The Crusade", this is the recon you need to fill in the blanks. I purchased the BBC release and liked it quite a bit, but still felt that it was a little lacking. The between episode links by William Russell (as Ian Chesterton) are fun, and I'm certainly glad he was kind enough to do them, but I preferred listening to the audio of the missing episodes on the CD provided as it was closer to experiencing the complete story.

Closer still is Loose Cannon's own release of "The Crusade", it is set up as a companion piece to the BBC video, with the two missing episodes reconstructed and King Richard himself, actor Julian Glover providing excellent linking narration as well as insightful and amusing recollections about Doctor Who and some of his other work.

Loose Cannon has done a wonderful job on this recon, utilising a set of Telesnaps obtained from a private collector, and video from the existing episodes during the cliff-hangers. It makes the story much easier to follow when you have the kind of presentation that Loose Cannon provides, the images are clean, sharp and really move the story along. The audio is clear, bright and perfectly understandable. The on screen messages used to explain anything not made clear by the Telesnaps are easy to read and don't stay on screen long enough to get annoying.

When you compare the reconstructed episodes to the two existing episodes you really appreciate why these recons are so great, the BBC release left something to be desired, and Loose Cannon's recon fills the void beautifully. I won't go into the story itself except to say that I feel this is one of the better "historicals", and I enjoyed it all the more thanks to the Loose Cannon team. Taken by itself, or watched in conjunction with the BBC release, I highly recommend Loose Cannon's recon of "The Crusade".


Review by Pat Lynch

Without a doubt this must be the most lavish and dare I say professional release from Loose Cannon thus far.

Julian Glover (King Richard) provides an introduction and much much more. In fact it is almost like a mini version of one of Reeltime's Mythmakers' series. Julian Glover also provides an excellent linking narration of episodes 1 & 3 (if you don't have the official BBC tape, buy it! - these two tapes very much go hand and hand!). Perhaps the most fascinating addition though is the historical background to the actual Crusades. It really fills in the factual side of the story's setting and was a brilliant idea.

The story really is as good as it's reputation suggests. The acting, the tension. People often talk about Walter Randall's portrayal of El Akir, and whilst he is undoubtedly superb in the role, I feel that Bernard Kay's Saladin is a triumph. A quiet but very commanding performance.

The audio is of a very high quality, but the visuals...the visuals! It is staggering to think that these are telesnaps. They look like screen grabs, or the very best composites. The new source of telesnaps that Loose Cannon are using has changed everything. The quality is extraordinary and has to be seen to be believed.

Also, I am constantly impressed by Loose Cannon's use of captions to convey action when pictures alone will not suffice. The captions never outstay their welcome yet are never lacking in information. As ever, a perfect balance is kept.

The colour pictures within the opening and closing titles before the story starts and at the end are quite sumptious and have me positively salivating for the forthcoming Marco Polo release!

Whilst we all hope that more missing episodes will turn up, somehow with the Loose Cannon team these episodes just don't feel lost anymore!

Compare this with the first Loose Cannon release, Macra Terror, and the improvement is breathtaking. This release is essential. Order it today!


Review by Tim Kocher

Completely amazing! I have two VCR's hooked up to my TV, so I put the BBC tape in one and the LC tape in the other, and watched the entire story in one sitting, alternating comments from Messrs. Russel and Glover. What an experience! I only wish all of the great DW stories were so well-supported.

The reconstruction itself is terrific - the telesnaps are so clear that they really seem to be frame grabs from the actual episodes. The photo-montage technique serves them well, increasing the amount of images very effectively. Only one place felt underdeveloped - in part 4, when the Doctor and Vicki are sneaking through the bushes to return to the TARDIS, the picture lingers for ages on a two-shot of them in the palace. Given the large amount of forest material available from part 1, I would have thought that it would have been a good opportunity to show the scene in question. Still, when you think of what an utterly useless complaint that is, what a terribly small quibble, it should illustrate how great this reconstruction is. The massive effort that went into selecting the right image for the moment is obvious, and remarkable. A good example: when Vicki takes Richard to task for letting Leicester off the hook in part 4, an image of Richard's smiling face is revealed, and the timing of that revelation is perfect. There's just enough suspense wondering if Vicki's impertinence will land her in trouble. Making these recons is obviously a real art, and "The Crusade" parts 2 and 4 are masterpieces of that form, showing especially the vital skill of editing, on great display here.

The supplemental material is just a joy. Julian Glover really seems very happy to have the chance to reminisce about the experience, and his memories are amazingly thorough and entertaining. I also appreciate his brief thoughts on "City of Death." I hope the BBC DVD producers ask him to join Tom Baker for the commentary track when they bring that title to DVD!

I also found the historical sketch to be helpful and fascinating. These are a perfect accompaniment for the historical stories, and genuinely enhance the enjoyment of the adventure in question.


Review by Colin Nicol

Yet another first class job for this Dr Who recon,
As it not only compliments the BBC video but it outshines it. Why?
The colour photos to start with. So clear, large and all-together.
The introduction. The BBC had William Russell for approx 10mins on their tape. Wow some might say. On the Loose Cannon recon its just King Richard himself alias Julian Glover who not only talked about the Crusade but also his time on the city of death and the spaghetti, and also narrating about King Richard. More than 10minutes worth here . 10/10 or 100% awarded yet again for another great recon.

P.S. If you really want to punish yourselves with doing all the hard work on the recons, you can always colourize this recon. Only joking.

Carry on the good work, sweat, frustation, searching persuading in the making of the recons. Without you there would be no Galaxy 4, the Massacre, Celestial Toymaker, Marco Polo in colour etc.


Review by Sam Loveless

A fine piece of work from Loose Cannon!
The simple telesnap recon goes a long way.
Recon rating 8/10
Intro rating 8/10

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