UPDATE: Doctor Who Archives has posted an article discounting the Mirror’s story. DWA’s article states that Marco is in fact amongst Philip Morris’ numerous finds, having been recovered from Ethiopia. Doctor Who Archives has posted an article discounting the Mirror’s story.
DWA’s recent article states that Marco is in fact amongst Philip Morris’ numerous finds, having been recovered from Ethiopia. However, off air recordings of The Daleks’ Masterplan parts 4, 7, 11, and 12 are said to have been recovered.” However, off air recordings of The Daleks’ Masterplan parts 4, 7, 11, and 12 are said to have been recovered.
But the restoration process for Marco has still been wrought with complications.
Instead of a cache found in Africa, it’s a high quality off air fan recording. This seems to corroborate the Doctor Who Archives article that I posted yesterday. The restoration process was a tad more difficult (than say, The War Machines) – it has no accompanying audio, and the existing off air audio has problems in it’s own.
On another note, can some people stop screaming “bullshit!” every time a missing episodes rumor comes up? Some might actually be true, you know?
Since the discovery of the cine film, the recordings have been carefully restored and transferred onto broadcast tape by BBC Worldwide. The source continued: “This new discovery is all down to a dedicated fan who spent ages recording the episodes back in the sixties. “The recording – which is a silent film – came out really clearly so it will be easy to watch… the fan did it in a very professional way.
“There are already audio recordings of the episodes so the Beeb have had to match everything up. There are some gaps in the audio so it has been a painstaking process. “Where there are gaps in audio they are going to be re-recorded using contemporary actors who sound as close to the original actors as possible. “The fan had been holding onto these tapes for a long time and when the BBC found out about the tapes they jumped at the chance of using them. It’s a massive coup for the broadcaster.”
From Doctor Who Archive:
Marco Polo will be announced and released before the end of the year. The restoration work, which was problematic and caused it to be delayed after being scheduled alongside Web and Enemy, is complete. Don’t expect it to be announced before November 23 as the BBC will want all eyes on The Day of the Doctor. December’s BFI event could be a potential venue.
Sounds good to me, if it’s for real. Though I have to say that there’s usually a reason for a rumor to come about! I’m terribly excited for “Marco Polo”, for pretty much the same reasons as everybody else.
Conversely, Power has not been recovered and the missing material still in TIEA hands is: Marco Polo (7), The Reign of Terror (2), The Crusade (2), Galaxy 4 (3), The Myth Makers (4), The Massacre (4), The Celestial Toymaker (3), The Savages (4), The Smugglers (4), The Highlanders (4), The Underwater Menace (2), The Moonbase (2), The Macra Terror (4), The Faceless Ones (4), The Abominable Snowmen (5), The Ice Warriors (2), The Wheel in Space (4), The Space Pirates (5). Found at varying locations including Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zambia, however some material may not be in recoverable condition.
I’m more excited for The Macra Terror and The Highlanders. Ever since I’ve heard The Highlanders and watched Troughton’s run, I’ve become absolutely infatuated with Scotland. The Celestial Toymaker? Not so much…
After what felt like ages, the BBC (
Blundering British Broadcasting Corporation) and iTunes released “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear” to all of us!
But I’ll still buy the DVD for “Enemy” anyways, in case either my iPod or my laptop has a serious brain fart and malfunctions (it’s on the iPod for away from the house purposes – i.e, work.).
So I watched “Enemy” in full the day that I bought it, and to say the best, it didn’t disappoint! I was hooked on the idea of Patrick Troughton playing both the Doctor and the villain, and it looked even better on video than it did the audio. I have the audio too, but I had some trouble following it a bit. But I don’t have the Ian Marter novelization…
But I don’t recommend watching the trailer, unless you don’t mind huge spoilers!
I instantly found myself falling in love with Salamander. He was written perfectly by David Whitaker, who had the “despot” thing to a T, fashion sense included. Unfortunately, Salamander wasn’t touched on much outside of “Enemy” other than some small mentions of his fate in a couple of novels.
I mentioned elsewhere that I felt Salamander deserved his own stories, and much to my surprise, other Whovians had the same love for this nemesis!
UPDATE: This serial is amongst the episodes located, and is now officially intact.
According to a few articles (about two of which has now disappeared), some of recovered episodes were the missing parts from The Enemy of the World, and the other parts were 4 of the 5 missing episodes of The Web of Fear, well known as the much beloved Brigadier’s first appearance before going on to become a series regular.
According to Cult Box, Enemy will be issued on DVD towards the end of next month, while The Web of Fear is to follow early next year. By the way, for you US fans – both are now available for purchase. But for a Canuck like myself, I’m screwed to hell.
No word on the DVD release for The Moonbase, which was supposed to be released this month, but has since been moved to late January 2014 (According to Doctor Who News)
Some articles had leaked some conference details (see the WhatCulture! link), but have mysteriously disappeared as of now (including one from The Northern Echo, see photo below.), which may have to do with the BBC keeping tight on the information. But if these articles have been pulled, then maybe there is more?
Doctor Who fans will raise a Sonic Screwdriver to archivist Phillip Morris, the Indiana Jones of film, whose ceaseless search for lost episodes uncovered two classic stories languishing in Nigeria, made available for download at midnight on Thursday via iTunes.
Viewers might wish the BBC had shipped more of its programming to Africa during the period in which it systematically wiped the jewels in its crown, given the magnificently-preserved condition of the two episodes, which have not been seen for some 45 years.
Morris found The Enemy of the World (1967) and The Web of Fear (1968), both starring Patrick Troughton as the second doctor, gathering dust at a television relay station in Nigeria, after tracking records of BBC overseas shipments.
But this mysterious Saviour of Sci-Fi declined to appear at a Soho screening of the episodes, sending a message from an unnamed distant land which read: “I cannot be with you as the search is endless. My work must continue.”
The six-part Enemy of The World, now complete with the discovery of five lost episodes, bursts with the energy of the Swinging Sixties.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/lost-doctor-who-episodes-the-enemy-of-the-world-and-the-web-of-fear-recovered-after-45-years-8872220.html (Original article, could be defunct in the next while!)
After months of speculation, the BBC has confirmed that a number of early episodes of Doctor Who, which were thought to be lost, have been recovered.
They have not, however, revealed which episodes have been found, and will make an announcement at a press conference in London on Thursday.
A total of 106 episodes starring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton as the first two incarnations of the Doctor are currently missing from the BBC archives. In the the Sixties and Seventies the Corporation would regularly wipe and reuse the tapes to save money or they suffered from poor storage conditions and, as a result, many of the early Doctor Who episodes are lost, possibly for ever.
It was fairly common, however, for copies to be transferred to film and sold to foreign broadcasters and, in the past, previously lost episodes have been discovered this way. All four instalments of the 1967 adventure The Tomb of the Cybermen, starring Patrick Troughton, were discovered in Hong Kong in 1991.
This is serious business for all of us die hard Whovians!!
I’m excited, but I’m also angry the BBC for destroying several episodes because they didn’t want to spend money on more tape, and then throwing them away like you would a bag of trash >:(
UPDATE: Deborah Watling’s official website states that her and Frazer Hines will be helping to relaunch these episodes:
Deborah, along with Frazer Hines, will be helping the BBC to launch the newly found Dr.Who episodes this Thurs (10/10/13).
WARNING: This post features post mortem photos.
10 years ago, a sad young man who called himself "Lyle Stevik" checked himself into a hotel in Amanda Park, Washington and never checked out. 10 years later, nobody knows the name of the beautiful young man, or the motive behind his suicide. His only possessions were a toothbrush and toothpaste, some money, and the clothes on his back.