In October 2013, it was announced that 9 complete episodes of Doctor Who had been found at a TV relay station in Nigeria. [3]). A "missing episode" is generally considered to be a televised episode of Doctor Who which no longer exists in its entirety. As the videotape was relatively costly at the time, the medium was actually more valuable than the content recorded on that medium. The Film Library was not obligated to store productions not recorded on film, prompting them to destroy their copies. The BBC was particularly pressured to begin the recovery of Doctor Who episodes by Ian Levine, a "fan adviser" officially employed by the Doctor Who production office. However, some of the episodes only existed as monochromatic film prints, mostly recovered from overseas broadcasters. Improvements in colourisation technology resulted in all of Jon Pertwee's episodes being for all practical purposes "recovered", unlike the 1960s missing episodes. A lot of the missing content is from the First and Second Doctor eras, with 58 out of the Second Doctor's total 127 episodes still lost. Because the owners have a legal right to own the physical prints, the BBC has offered to let the collectors retain their copies, after making a duplicate for the Archive. Colour and higher-quality B&W copy recombined by the Restoration Team. Scripts and novelisations of these episodes also help to keep them accessible. … (Notably, Episode 3 of The Web of Fear is the only missing episode known to definitively have an existing copy not in the BBC Archives; it was found with the others in Nigeria, but during negotiations it was stolen and sold to a private collector. Two episodes are not included on this list; a few frames are missing from the opening titles and end credits of The Evil of the Daleks 2, and the ‘Next Episode’ caption at the end of The Celestial Toymaker 4 was missing. [6] Because there have been multiple home video releases of these episodes, some versions have had the missing clips restored, while others have not. Episode 4 of The Time Meddler still has 12 seconds missing. Last year, the Doctor Who fan world was treated to a great surprise when 11 missing episodes were recovered. These were the first full episodes to be recovered since "Day of Armageddon", episode 2 of The Daleks' Master Plan in 2004. All Doctor Who Related Posts go in here. This simple check resulted in some of the earliest recoveries. Episode 1 could not be colourised using this technique, and has been recolourised frame by frame. Telesnaps, photographs taken of the performance as it was being videotaped or filmed, also exist of almost every missing episode. Episodes 2, 4, 5 and 6 are now back in the BBC Archive; however, Episode 3 is still missing. For Hartnell and Troughton, I have chosen to only list the 26 stories directly affected by the junkings of the 1970s. With two episodes reconstructed by animation studio Cosgrove Hall, The Invasion remains a template for later Third Doctor … Most episodes of television programmes were therefore not re-broadcast. A global hunt then began, which has resulted in several finds. A number of episodes from the first series of Doctor Who were lost as a result of BBC Archive space-saving measures and there are still 27 Doctor Who stories that are missing or have incomplete episodes. Episodes were junked at different times, for different reasons. The location of seven currently-officially-missing episodes of Doctor Who has been confirmed by episode hunter Philip Morris, currently leading efforts to recover the missing material. Visit the Treasure Hunt website for details. The Massacre- all four episodes missing The Celestial Toymaker- episodes 1, 2 and 3 (out of … On November 23, 2013, Doctor Who celebrates 50 years since the very first episode, “An Unearthly Child,” aired on BBC television. During production, the BBC Film Library and BBC Enterprises were conflicted over which of them had the responsibility of archiving Doctor Whomaster reels. Moderators: Mark Brown, Stuart Douglas, Paul Vanezis, Rob Moss, David Buck. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. And just like Rory, there’s a chance they could still be out there somewhere. These episodes were remade in animation by Cosgrove Hall for a. Colour only exists in a very poor NTSC copy, with frequent total colour dropouts. Though these missing episodes no longer exist in their entirety, several remnants exist for fans to sample. Marco Polo - all seven episodes missingThe Reign of Terror - episodes 4 and 5 (out of six) missingThe Crusade - episodes 2 and 4 (out of four) missingGalaxy Four - episodes 1, 2 and 4 (out of four) missingMission to the Unknown - single episode story, missingThe Myth Makers - all four episodes missingThe Daleks' Master Plan - episodes 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 (of twelve episodes) missing.The Massacre - all four episodes missingThe Celestial Toymaker - episodes 1, 2 and 3 (out of four) are missingThe Savages - all four episodes missingThe Smugglers - all four episodes missingThe Tenth Planet - episode 4 (out of four) missing, The Power of the Daleks - all six episodes missingThe Highlanders - all four episodes missingThe Underwater Menace - episodes 1 and 4 (out of four) missing The Moonbase - episodes 1 & 3 (out of four) missing The Macra Terror - all four episodes missingThe Faceless Ones - episodes 2, 4, 5 & 6 (out of six) missingThe Evil of the Daleks - episodes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 (out of seven) missingThe Abominable Snowmen - episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (out of six) missingThe Ice Warriors - episodes 2 and 3 (out of six) missingThe Web of Fear - episode 3 missingFury from the Deep - all six episodes missingThe Wheel in Space - episodes 1, 2, 4 and 5 (out of six) missingThe Invasion - episodes 1 and 4 (out of eight) missing but re-animatedThe Space Pirates - episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (out of six) missing. Patrick Mulkern (5:30 PM, 11 December 2011). That part of … [1], BFI screen long missing Doctor Who episodes, Ed Stradling talks about missing episodes around the time of the Underwater Menace find in 2011. Consequently, there are comparatively fewer remaining episodes of Troughton's Doctor. Missing Episodes (Doctor Who) - 11 Viewing. The Doctor Who Missing Episodes Group News Page November 23, 2020 at 2:45 AM Today at 5:15pm, to celebrate the 57th Anniversary of Doctor Who's f ... irst broadcast, Fantom present a commentary for episode … While it was typical of the BBC during this time to wipe old master tapes for re-use instead of purchasing expensive new videotape reels, the story the episodes' junking goes far deeper than what one can call standard procedure. Episode 3 previously existed only as B&W, but now has been recoloured by the Restoration Team, and released to DVD. Outside of the "official" paper trail, episodes have sometimes turned up in the hands of private collectors. In an interview with Jason Clifford of Time and Space Visualiser, Phillip Morris, who has previously found missing episodes … Film can containing the recovered second episode of The Evil of the Daleks. Since home video had not yet become a viable commercial product, there was thus no financial incentive to keep previously-broadcast material in the BBC Archives. The Daleks' Master Plan- episodes 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 (of twelve episodes) missing. Doctor Who stories on BritBox went missing – here's why episodes of the BBC sci-fi series were no longer streaming If you think you have any Doctor Who material that may be of interest (whether it is a clip, an episode, a full story or some off-air footage) the Treasure Hunt team would like to hear from you. There are still 97 episodes of 60s Doctor Who missing. At the same time, sales records held by Enterprises allowed investigators to trace filmed duplicates to various overseas broadcasters. The second was the junking of the filmed duplicates of the master. 1,813: 49,292: There are at least 6 missing episodes … It is distinct from an episode which was never made, such as those which would have comprised the original season 23, as well as from an episode which was partly produced but ultimately unfinished, i.e. The trashing of the filmed copies was clearly not carried out by persons familiar with Doctor Who, else certain key episodes — notably those in which the Doctor regenerated or companions came and went — would surely have been retained. One of the more notable was when the entirety of The Tomb of the Cybermen was found in Hong Kong in 1992. In a few rare instances, these clips are drawn from the original masters. However, in April 2020, Philip Morris indicated that of these 97, "at least 6 episodes – missing episodes – exist, to my [his] knowledge, in the hands of private collectors". You see, about 97 episodes of Doctor Who are missing – not through time or space, but from the BBC’s archives. Between 1967 and 1978, the BBC routinely deleted archive programmes. Though filmed in colour, most of the world's broadcasters did not then transmit in colour, requiring BBC Enterprises to provide monochromatic prints for overseas sales. The efforts he helped to start would eventually result in the recovery of several episodes. However, thanks to filmed copies of the masters, many of these episodes are still available for fans to view. Some of the episodes held by the BBC are not, in fact, complete. And the answers could be on our doorstep. Complete audio tracks of all episodes exist, thanks to off-air recordings by fans in the 1960s. the 1980 version of Shada. Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes Podcast - Episode 4 - The Time Meddler Join Paul and Tim for some mischievous monkery as they review the last story of season two, “The Time Meddler”. Meanwhile… In July 2011, film collector Terry Burnett returned "Air Lock", episode 3 of Galaxy 4 and episode 2 of The Underwater Menace to the BBC after discovering that these two episodes were missing from the BBC Archive through a chance meeting with Ralph Montagu, the head of heritage at Radio Times. Released in mixed Black and White/Colour on VHS. In the early days of British television, episodes were not generally repeated after their original broadcast. Phillip Morris on recovering missing Doctor Who - Doctor Who, Philip Morris talks about the 2013 return of The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear. The other 4 episodes were from The Web of Fear, which up until then had only episode 1 existing in the BBC Archive. Between Hartnell and Troughton’s Doctors, 10 serials are missing in their entirety, including famous stories like “Power of the Daleks,” Troughton’s first story as the second Doctor. All episodes were wiped, so that the videotape could be reused. This second purge was much more haphazard. As a result, some serials of Doctor Who were affected more greatly than others. As new contracts were struck with performers' unions, and home video began to be seen as a viable commercial enterprise, the BBC established an Archive Department charged with recovering lost material. In this latter case, the missing material has also been recovered as a separate clip. As a result of the cull, 97 of 253 episodes of Doctor Who’s first six years are currently missing, primarily from seasons 3 to 5, leaving 26 serials incomplete.. Having witnessed many incredible sights and survived a variety of dangers, they arrive at the mighty Kublai Khan's Summer Palace in Shang-tu, where the Doctor strikes … For many of the missing episodes, short clips exist. With Doctor Who the loss of a single episode meant that an individual story would then be incomplete. Why certain filmed prints were junked, while others remained, has no single answer. 97 of the 253 Doctor Who episodes broadcast between 1963 and 1969 no longer exist in the BBC's archives, with recordings having been junked in an age before repeat showings and DVDs. These are the serials that have had at least some restorative work done by the team. There are also instances, perhaps most notably with The Smugglers, where home video recordings of the actors in rehearsal on location at least give a flavour of what the characters might have looked like in costume. The episodes in question were found by archive television recovery expert Phillip Morris. Arriving in Central Asia in 1289, the Doctor and his companions join the caravan of the famous Venetian explorer Marco Polo as it makes its way from the snowy heights of the Pamir Plateau, across the treacherous Gobi Desert and through the heart of imperial Cathay. Almost 100 episodes of Doctor Who are currently missing — not through time or space, but from the BBC's own archives. It made more sense, at least in the short term, to wipe and reuse videotape than it did to pay to have the apparently useless episodes indefinitely stored. However, a few remain minimally incomplete: For the DVD releases of these episodes, the Doctor Who Restoration Team has restored the original uncut soundtracks (usually from off-air audio recordings made by fans) with specially made cutaways or CGI to cover the missing frames. Only the pilot survived. Except for Episode 4, colour only exists in a poor NTSC copy. In a practical sense, then, a "missing episode" is one without either an extant videotape master or a filmed or digital duplicate. Here's a full list of the Doctor Who episodes currently missing from the archives. For Pertwee I have only listed the countries which received PAL colour master tapes and have colour episodes missing. The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe – aided by UNIT – investigate sinister goings on at International Electromatics, only to discover a Cyberman invasion force. The first, involving the videotaped masters, was absolute, insofar as the 1960s episodes were concerned. As of January 2011, there have been a few instances — Planet of the Daleks, part three, and all but episodes 1 and 5 of The Ambassadors of Death — where the team have recolourised an episode, despite having only a monochromatic copy from which to work. However, Mission to the Unknown was never sold overseas, meaning there is … All episodes of the Jon Pertwee era exist in the BBC Archive. These come from several sources: The vast majority of these clips were released on the Lost in Time DVD box set. Sometimes, it has been re-integrated in to a home video release. In June 2013, Bleeding Cool ran a story reporting gossip that a bunch of Doctor Who 's missing episodes had been discovered by an engineer touring the broadcasters of Africa. … Below that are the episodes which are edited, and episodes … This page has been archived and is no longer updated. The VHS release of The Dominators contained additional cuts due to material which was missing from the archives at the time, but has since been recovered. Their own archives were in fact separate from those of the BBC, and no one had bothered to cross-check their holdings against those of the BBC proper. In the case of, for example, sitcoms, the loss of a single episode meant the loss of a single story. There were thus fewer possible locations for duplicates of Second Doctor episodes. … Clips — sometimes bits excised to comply with a network's editorial policies, sometimes bits included as teasers on other programmes — exist from many of the missing episodes. Technically, all 1960s episodes of Doctor Who are missing, in that the original videotape masters were definitively lost. What is perhaps unusual about Doctor Who is that there were in fact two purges. The soundtracks for the missing episodes have all been released with linking narration by the BBC Radio Collection. One particularly rich vein of recovery was through BBC Enterprises, the arm of the BBC which sold BBC products outside the United Kingdom. All the episodes of the Doctor Who Animated Shorts have been taped over to make room for the first five seasons of the Doctor Who Animated Series. However, they ended up being the most complicated to outline, as there have been many versions of some of them, since the colour restoration process began in the early 1990s. Perhaps they have massive physical damage across a few frames, or maybe they were recovered from copies that had frames removed by overseas censors. (previous … As of August 2020[update], there are 97 episodes missing from the BBC archives. Contracts with various parties, in particular the musicians' and actors' unions, gave broadcasters a limited time frame in which their recorded material could be used. Other episodes existed in colour in some form in the BBC Archive prior to the Restoration Team's involvement, giving the team an "easier" starting point for their efforts. Note, too, that some of these recolourised episodes have actually been broadcast, giving some of the restored episodes original transmission dates of their own. By far the most common way for fans to enjoy missing episodes, however, is through audio. This list may not reflect recent changes . Morris, … Philip Morris, lost episode hunter extraordinaire, has teased that he knows of six episodes of Doctor Who, currently missing from the archives, that are in the hands of private collectors. As of the DVD release of The Mind of Evil in June 2013, all of the Pertwee-era stories are now available in colour. Five of the episodes were from The Enemy of the World; episode 3, already existing in the BBC Archive, makes The Enemy of the World a complete story. Footage from episodes 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 that previously existed only as B&W now has been recolourised by the Restoration Team using the chroma dot technique, and the story has been released on DVD in complete colour. [2] However, the recovery was not announced to the public until later in December. For many of the missing episodes, short clips exist. A few clips discovered later were released on the Genesis of the Daleks DVD. These come from several sources: 1. clips used in contemporaneous television programmes which exist — for example, editions of Blue Peter 2. clips used as flashbacks in other episodes of Doctor Who 3. the censor clips: material physically cut from episodes by the censors in Australia and New Zealand, as they deemed it unsuitable for family viewing 4. the 6-minute-long clip from "Four Hundred Dawns", episode 1 of Galaxy 4, given to Jan Vincent-Rudzki as a th… They occasionally turn up, most recently in October 2013. It was likely valuable because of its important first appearance of the Brigadier. Below is a list of episodes that have footage missing, and why. A Complete List of missing stories with extensive details, Time Space Visualiser - Philip Morris: Doctor Who's Missing Episodes Search Discussed (Fantom Films), Doctor Who: two long-lost episodes uncovered, https://www.doctorwhonews.net/2015/09/whatever-happened-to-web-of-fear-3.html, Doctor Who Restoration Team - The Reign of Terror Boxset, Doctor Who Restoration Team - The Time Meddler (DVD), https://tardis.fandom.com/wiki/Missing_episode?oldid=3034990, Articles containing potentially dated statements from August 2020, All articles containing potentially dated statements, clips used in contemporaneous television programmes which exist — for example, editions of, clips used as flashbacks in other episodes of, the 6-minute-long clip from "Four Hundred Dawns", episode 1 of. Episodes 2–6 have been restored to colour using the chroma dot technique, but the result is still poor quality and needs further work. 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