The Fourth Dimension
The Space Museum
DALEK ON DISPLAY
A Dalek makes a ‘guest’ appearance as an exhibit in the museum and the Doctor takes great delight at hiding inside it and pretending to be one of his arch-enemies. Vicki has read about Daleks in history books but this is the first time she’s seen one and she’s not at all impressed. An actual Dalek turns up at the end of the story in a teaser scene for their full-on return in the following adventure.
Jeremy Bulloch is Tor, leader of the double eye-browed, black sweater wearing Xeron rebels. Bulloch will return to Doctor Who in The Time Warrior as Hal the Archer and is perhaps best known as being the man inside Boba Fett’s suit in the original Star Wars trilogy.
The Space Museum was author Glyn Jones’ only produced script for Doctor Who, but he would return to the series some years later as an actor in the Fourth Doctor adventure, The Sontaran Experiment.
The Doctor is subjected to the Moroks’ mind probe. However, far from being the torturous experience that this might suggest, the Doctor finds it childsplay to turn the tables on his captors. The Doctor is able to force the machine to display images from his imagination. These include a walrus, a bicycle and the Doctor himself dressed in a Victorian bathing costume!
The Doctor is delighted to find a Space Time Visualiser in the Moroks’ museum and claims it as his thank you gift from the victorious Xerons. However, we won’t actually see this wonderful device until the first episode of the following story. When we do see it, we might wonder quite how the Xerons managed to get it through the TARDIS doors as it’s enormous!
ALSO KNOWN AS
This story had the working titles of Zone Seven and The Four Dimensions of Time.
THE DOCTOR’S HOLIDAY
William Hartnell was on holiday during the making of the third episode of this story and only appears in the recap of the previous instalment. For the rest of the episode, the Doctor is frozen by the Moroks.
EXHIBITS A, B AND C
The distinctive tables from the Sensorites’ city in The Sensorites can be seen here, upside down, as exhibit stands in the museum.
The Space Museum was released on DVD in 2010 as part of a box set that also included the following story, The Chase. All four episodes were fully restored and remastered. The DVD also includes a commentary by actors William Russell (Ian), Maureen O’Brien (Vicki) and writer Glynn Jones.
The full soundtrack to the serial, along with linking narration by Maureen O’Brien, has been released on CD and for MP3 download by BBC Audio.