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Lost Doctor Who Episodes Found?!

Rumors from the UK

By Robert T. Trate     June 20, 2013
Source: The Drum

If you are not a Whovian, they you may not understand the ramification of this rumor. See it has long been believed that 106 episodes of the original Doctor Who series had been lost. They were aired and then the tapes were wiped clean for other programming. Several weeks ago, rumors began to surface that 90 of the lost episodes had been found. These rumors had been quickly dismissed. 

In the last 48 hours a new hope has been given to Doctor Who fans by archivist Ian Levine. Once a denier that these episodes existed somewhere, he is now stating these episodes were in the hands of former BBC archivist Phillip Morris. 

He recently tweeted: “I've just been given proof that backs up the entire story, from 2011. So yes I now really believe he has found 90 missing episodes,”

More news on these lost episodes is expected to arrive before the end of the year. 

Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary this year November and a gift of 90 episodes from its past would be a welcomed gift to all fans of the series. 

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doublec 6/20/2013 9:56:58 AM

 Oh, wow, that would be so cool. Most of Patrick Troughton's run as the Doctor is missinbg. it would be a dream come true is they were found...

doublec 6/20/2013 10:02:43 AM

 Morris has denied he has the tapes.

RobertTrate 6/20/2013 10:29:20 AM

 Already? Or was that from before?

fenngibbon 6/20/2013 12:11:56 PM

 The BBC is denying that any episodes have been found:

 

"There are always rumours and speculation about Doctor Who missing episodes being discovered. However, we cannot confirm any new finds."

And a complany named by some in these stories had this to say:

 

T.I.E.A. does not hold any missing episodes of the long-running Dr Who series. The original videotapes were wiped [and] subsequent film copies were either returned to the BBC [or] sent to landfill. Odd fragments have surfaced - two episodes on 16mm film - but that's it. The programmes in question, like many others, were destroyed as they had no further commercial value. They are not missing but destroyed. The end.

I am sorry if this upsets some people but these are the facts.

I have also become aware of the tracking of some of our clients' shipments. These are local cultural materials sent to us for migration to a modern format as the playback equipment in the country of origin no longer exists and as such is the best road to preserve international cultural heritage.

I will be making no more statements on this subject.

Philip Morris, Executive Director, T.I.E.A.

fenngibbon 6/20/2013 12:15:02 PM

 Frankly, I'm hoping the denials by thte BBC are a fake out, because this would be awesome..  

CaptAmerica04 6/20/2013 4:05:26 PM

 Phillip Morris had them?!  Curses!  Trying to kill the world with lung cancer and now this?!  Bastards.....

Walker 6/20/2013 4:24:13 PM

 Ian Levine's tweet is a fairly big deal.

The interesting thing is that this shipment came in 2011. From Africa. So why all the silence? If this is true, then I believe BBC is being silent for the following reasons.

1. BBC has promised not to take episodes from collectors. They will borrow them and scan them, and then return them.

2. BBC likely has an agreement with the collector that there is to be no press until they are returned to the collector.

3. The rumored shipping manifest is for 3 tons of film. That is going to take a while to scan.

Of course, this is assuming the rumors are true.

RobertTrate 6/21/2013 8:27:34 AM

 Also how does the money get dispersed? Who owns the right to them? Plus when and how do you release them? As thir own season? All at once on Blu-ray? Inbetween the Christmas episodes and the launch inthe next season? 

zathras6767 6/21/2013 6:41:45 PM

Everybody thought Fritz Lang's original version of 'Metropolis was lost forever,but it was finally found in Argentina.If something like that can happen,I believe anything is possible.

wrrlykam 6/23/2013 4:24:36 AM

@Robert If they do exist they would need a fair bit of work to bring them up to broadcast quality. A series of DVD releases of the completed stores would follow. I don't recall any DW Bluray of the classic stories. not counting the two Peter Cushing movies, at least for the UK.

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