Loose Cannon Production 29
The Savages
"We've now reached the distant horizon of an age, an age of peace and prosperity."

     

Please note that this digital teaser trailer is purely to whet your appetite, recons are ONLY available on VHS quality.

BBC Production Details
Production Code: AA
Original Transmission (UK): Saturday 28th May 1966 -
Saturday 18th June 1966
Season: 3
Number of Episodes: 4
Writer: Ian Stuart Black
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Christopher Barry
 

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Loose Cannon Production Details
Production Release Date: February 2008
Episode(s) Reconstructed: Episodes 1,2,3,4
Source Material: John Cura's telesnaps
Audio recorded by Graham Strong
  Surviving clips
Other authentic pictures
  CGI (Computer Generated Images)
Pictures from other stories / sources
Specially Created Material
Tape length required: UK / Australia: E180
USA / Canada: T160
   
Special Note:    

No episodes of this serial are known to survive. If any should resurface and be released at a later date, please purchase such an official BBC video release to complement our reconstruction.

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Bonus Material

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

 

Celebrity Introduction

Peter Purves returns to Loose Cannon Productions to introduce the reconstruction of The Savages, which was last story in which he featured as popular companion Steven Taylor.
Learn more about Peter's work in our Hall of Fame...

   

Production Featurette

Also included on the tape is a short 'mini-documentary' describing events surrounding the production of the story, Narrated by Peter Purves.

 

Celebrity Interview

Peter Purves kindly spares us some time to record this insightful interview of his time in Doctor Who, Blue Peter and his long and varied career..
Learn more about Peter's work in our Hall of Fame...

   

Celebrity Chat

As a bonus feature we managed to grab a chat with former make up artist Sonia Markham backstage at the Flight Through Eternity Convention who recounts her memories of make up, William Hartnell and ping pong balls!

   
Special Note:  

No episodes of this serial are known to survive. If any should resurface and be released at a later date, please purchase the official BBC video release to complement our reconstruction.

Support The BBC Video Releases.

     

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Please note recons are ONLY available on VHS quality.

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Loose Cannon Says:

As part of our ongoing programme to spruce up the older recons, "The Savages" was the next candidate for a facelift. A story memorable for the departure of Peter Purves as companion Steven Taylor and Fredrick Jaeger's wonderful imitations of The Doctor.

The new version has better quality telesnaps, improved quality clips, Specially Created material and occasional composites as well as an introduction by Peter Purves. Our revised version og The Savages looks a much more polished production!

Synopsis:

Materialising on an idyllic world, the Doctor, Steven and Dodo are welcomed by the apparently highly civilised Elders and taken to their capital city. However, on a tour of the city Dodo discovers that the Elders have a terrible secret.

The Elders' advanced society is maintained by draining the life force and energy from a group of primitive Savages who share the planet. While the Doctor decides he must try to prevent the exploitation of the Savages, the leader, Jano, has other plans.

Reviews:

Review by Paul Hawkins

Having just finished watching the recon - I felt I just had to leave feedback. The Savages was a story I knew virtually nothing about until seeing this recon - all that really sprung to mind before if you had mentioned the story to me was the very few publicity shots that exist of the story and the telesnaps. But now after watching the recon, I feel I can say I have "watched" a missing story - I know now what the story is about and Loose Cannon have - yet again created a recon which very successfully gives you the feeling of watching the story in it's original state.
BRILLIANT job guys - you have done a grand job yet again!!

 

Review by James Inglis

A fantastic LC recon that brought to life a fantastic story! This very different First Doctor story was my first ever Loose Cannon reconstruction and I was not disappointed.

The story it's self is one of my favorites; it starts with a good cliffhanger from the end of the Gunfighters and the cliffhangers throughout the rest of the story are very good. It moves along at a good pace and some of the ideas in it I thought were terrific eg. light guns. I also thought Steven's departure was very well done and really does the character justice (which is more than can be said for Dodo's departure in the following story). Also I thought that the incidental music in this story was fantastic; and really helped to move the story along especially when the recon is made of mainly static images.

As for the reconstruction, I really thought the LC team did a top quality job on this story. The telesnaps are crystal clear and they are put together nicely. And the audio quality was brilliant, I could hear everything from start to finish. I also thought some of the animations used worked really well eg. doors closing, spears being thrown. Finally the 8mm clips were incorporated very well and really help to improve the last few minutes of episode 4.

But the best thing about this release was the Peter Purves interview. He told some very interesting stories about William Hartnell , Jon Pertwee and his time on Blue Peter among other things, and I think this has got to be my favorite interview on any LC release. And the interview with make up artist Sonia Markham was also a nice bonus to finish off a wonderful LC release.

Story 9/10
Recon 9/10

 

Review by Tony Coburn

One of the most bizarre and different episodes of the Hartnell era, 'The Savages' is a clever and inventive story that flows a lot better than some 'classic' 1960's episodes. Considering the amount of material to work with, the LC team have done a remarkable job with this one. If this was a surviving story, it would become one of my favourites of the Hartnell era because of its unique nature. The telesnaps are very clear, the audio is very good and I was most impressed with the CGI effects on Jano's guards' Light Guns, even though their helmets looked...well...like a bad, recycled BBC prop!

For people who haven't seen this episode, it is definitely dramatic in the sense that the 1st Doctor is plunged into an incredible amount of danger (more so than any other of his stories). The reconstuction, for me, was thoroughly enjoyable (so good that i couldnt stop watching - saw all 4 parts in a row).

10/10 for LC team! Great job! Recommended!

 

Review by Kevin Chilvers

I have always had a soft spot for this story. It was the first ever target novel I received for Christmas. It was 1986 and I had become a fan at the end of Peter Davison's run of stories. The novel amazed me and drew me into the black and white world of Doctor Who. I wanted to find out more, about all the previous stories, and brought the magazine, more books, and well, now the house is full. But I was frustrated at the lack of knowledge I could acquire about the Savages, my first, old, Doctor Who. As I grew up, I read more and found out that this story didn't exist anymore, so all I had was that novel, oh and the soundtrack, but that didn't seem that exciting. Until I found Loose Cannon!

I watched the whole of the Savages in one sitting yesterday and what a fantastic reconstruction it is. I was hooked. My first "old Who", at last, to watch. The guys who do these stories are genius and I will be slowly completing my collection (better not work them into the ground -it's all in their spare time).

If you are wondering whether or not to order one of these stories, do so, and start here. Fan wisdom says that this story is slow and dull, well the reconstruction certainly isn't. It's also crystal clear and very well put together.

Thanks.
A very happy fan

 

Review by Tony Coburn

One of the most bizarre and different episodes of the Hartnell era, 'The Savages' is a clever and inventive story that flows alot better than some 'classic' 1960's episodes. Considering the amount of material to work with, the LC team have done a remarkable job with this one. If this was a surviving story, it would become one of my favourites of the Hartnell era because of its unique nature. The telesnaps are very clear, the audio is very good and i wa smost impressed with the CGI effects on Jano's guards' Light Guns, even though their helmets looked...well...like a bad, recycled BBC prop!

For people who haven't seen this episode, it is definitely dramatic in the sense that the 1st Doctor is plunged into an incredible amount of danger (more so than any other of his stories). The reconstuction, for me, was thoroughly enjoyable (so good that i couldnt stop watching - saw all 4 parts in a row).

10/10 for LC team! Great job! Recommended!

 

Review by Chris Longhurst

These Loose Cannon recons just get better and better. The telesnaps are a lot clearer than the original LC Savages (LC6) and are very nicely blended in with the few sections of clips that are available. It's great how these 'HD' recons make you re-evaluate the story. My memory of the original transmission is a bit hazy by now, but I recall it as being a pretty fast paced (for a Hartnell) and that the 'light guns' were a great idea. Watching the original recons I had concluded that memory cheats at it was a fairly second rate story. This new recon really illustrates The Savages as a top notch Hartnell story with a lot of great ideas going on throughout the 4 episodes.

Excellent extras compliment the release - Peter Purves gives great 'value for money' with good recall and (as would be expected from his current job) a very professional manner.

 

Review by Nigel Cantwell

Yet another great job by the LC team in bringing to life one of the less memorable stories from William Hartnell's era.
To be honest this was a story that never left much impression on me at all when first shown, true it was over 40 years ago when I watched it but I still have good recall on stories much older than this one. I suspect that as a ten year old kid I was waiting for this serial's "monster" to show up and was left dissapointed at its ultimate non-apperance. As an adult I now find this to be an interesting and thought prevoking story and now regret not paying it more attention back in 1966.
At least now thanks to the team I have a second chance to 'see' this story, I did have the previous LC version but always found it hard to get into due to less then ideal sound and picture quality. I am please to report that there were no such problems this time around and in fact I watched in one sitting even though I only ment to look at the first two episodes to start with.
This tape features a nice selection of bonus features also, alway good to hear more from Peter Purvis, a very nice guy whom I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of times (even bumped into him on the tube once !) and found him always ready to chat even the time soon after he had had a house fire he STILL manage to be pleasent to people. It's a shame he never pursuded his acting career after Blue Peter, I'd love to see him show up in the new series, maybe they could bring him back as Morton Dill !!! Interesting to hear from Sonia Markham also, like the interview on Abomnible Snowman these 'behind the scenes' people often give a new slant to what goes on during the production of this programs and are well worth seeking out just as much as the 'star' names.

 

Review by Damon Didcott

What a pleasant surprise! Aware that it was considered one of the weakest stories of the Hartnell era, I instead found The Savages to be quite a thoughtful and enjoyable yarn. Perhaps it helped that I went in so 'blind', knowing little apart from Steven's exit, so I was able to relax into the story and not be waiting for certain moments or set pieces. Hartnell and Purvis particularly were on good form, and the whole thing moved at a good pace. A special mention should also go to Raymond Jones's incidental music, adding tremendously to parts such as episode one's cliffhanger.

The recon itself was is a fine example of LC's work. The picture was clear, the sound extremely crisp, and there was a very large variety of images used that helped to keep the pace up. The thrown spears were great! Of the extras, the stand-out for me was the interview with Peter, very in-depth and pleasant. All-in-all, a good example of how a relatively unknown story and some care and attention from Loose Cannon can make for an enjoyable experience.

 
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