Jack Remillard wrote:
The Radio Times and a number of other news sources are reporting that the rumors that a number of missing classic episodes have been found are true.
No official announcement from the BBC yet.
This rumour's been percolating for quite a while now. It's recently experienced a revival on the one Doctor Who
BBS I frequent, and apparently, on a number of other forums, particularly those for missing TV episodes, there's been a recently-imposed ban on discussing the matter. Now, it could be that they're trying to tamp down on any potential flame wars, but more than one person is suspicious.
Me? Well, it will be great if they do find episodes, and some of the actions of those involved are suspicious, but to tell the truth, there is still the very great, if disheartening, possibility that the rumours are BS. Certainly, there's very little chance that the mythical 106 episodes were found in Ethiopia, as only 11 of the currently missing episodes were sold there (and one missing episode, The Feast of Steven
, was never telerecorded, so in all likelihood, it was destroyed when its videotape was wiped). And I doubt that that many could have been found all at once. However, if they found one or two like they did a couple of years back (which were Air Lock
, the third part of Galaxy 4
, and The Underwater Menace
episode 2), then I'll be happy enough. If they find a few complete serials, unlikely as that is, I'll be even happier.
If you're interested, Jack, there's an excellent book called Wiped!
by Richard Molesworth, who is one of the Restoration Team. It's rather dry in style, but it's very informative about not only how so many episodes of Doctor Who
came to be missing, but also how they were recovered. You'd be surprised at how many Pertwee stories were missing, for example.
"What have you been doing since you stole that antique TARDIS of yours, since you first landed on Skaro? Shouting 'Look at me!!! I'm not fighting a war!', while you battle the Daleks all the way through space and time."