Skip to comments.Seven missing Doctor Who episodes restored thanks to fan who recorded them in the 60s
Posted on 11/23/2013 5:36:11 AM PST by the scotsman
'The BBC is preparing to air seven lost Dr Who episodes after a fan revealed he recorded them in 1964.
The series was thought to have been lost forever until a cine camera-owning fan came forward saying he had captured them when they were first aired in the 1960s.
Although the camera didn't record the sound, staff at BBC Worldwide have been painstakingly restoring the footage and adding the audio so they can be shown next month.
An insider told the Mirror: 'This is a big deal for "Whovians". The series was hugely popular when it was first shown and is set to be a hit again.'
The source added: 'They are silent but the fan did it in a very professional way. Audio was kept so the Beeb had to match it all up. It's been painstaking.'
In the rediscovered series, called Marco Polo, William Hartnell plays the Doctor.'
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where’s my sonic screwdriver...
Never heard of this series, but it sounds interesting.
Kudos to the fan who recorded the 7 episodes, but what happened to the originals?
It’s right next to your radar Marguerite.
Sorry. I always wanted to say that.
Have a jelly baby.
Hip, Hip, WHO-ray!!!
And the 50th anniversary special begins at 2:50 pm EST today with a replay at 7pm EST.
I really enjoyed last night’s special about the origin of the Dr. Who program and William Hartnell.
and H-T to Nyer about Google doing a Dr. Who tribute on its front page
You picked an interesting day to hear about Dr. Who- today is the 50th anniversary of the first episode there’s a marathon running on BBC America with the 50th anniversary episode airs in about 5 hours. My 10 and 16 year old are bouncing off the walls waiting for it. I grew up with #4 and #5, and my kids are fans of #10 and #11.
Back in the day, no one expected the show to have the longevity or the following it has, and early episodes weren’t carefully archived.
We’ve enjoyed Dr. Who for many years, watching just about every episode (yes, even the ones with the first doctor). But over time the BBC has introduced the typical liberal slants (or should I say indoctrination) on homosexuality, religion, etc. to such a point that it really has become a distraction. That coupled with a erratic TV schedule, we’ve given up trying to watch the thing.
That was why I used to download TV episodes via torrent, in case the studio burned down and they were lost — until the studios got so uppity and started suing and threatening cable providers.
Similar ‘recoveries’ have occurred regarding old TV series from the 50s, especially.
Some of the actors collected and kept their own. At that time, studios/networks were not too interested in preserving episodes. Some big names had lost episodes that were later found in some basement or attic.
I started watching the Sarah Jane Adventures, which were Saturday morning children’s programs based on The Doctor and alien adventures.
I didn’t realize at the time that Sarah Jane had been a ‘companion’ in many of the old b/w versions of Doctor Who.
The Saturday morning programs were fun. Many of us missed Elisabeth Sladen who died during the 5th season of The Adventures.
The liberal stuff has died away with Russell T Davies leaving a couple of years ago, his successor Steven Moffat is more interested in straight forward stories without an agenda.
Never heard of Dr Who?.
Well, I see the DVR is recording this year’s episode so it’s time to break out the popcorn again.
I'm happily amazed that even now, people are still digging up old saved copies of the program in their attics or whatever. This is the third rediscovered serial that I've heard about in the last couple of months.
Until 1978 the BBC didn't keep all their shows because it costs money and space to warehouse the tapes. Who could have seen what the future held with people buying tapes and then DVDs of old episodes?
I “de-homo’ed” the new episodes with a video editor and saved them to DVD for my kids. When you have to take out the garbage, you become amazing aware of just how unimportant it is to the story. Jack becomes Cary Grant, The Great Lizard Detective and friend become Buddy Cops, that maverick FBI agent becomes Agent Kay, and the heir to the estate in the Agatha Christie episode becomes just a charming wasteral. Incredible improvement.
my favourite series was the one when the millionaire environmentalist turned into a plant hey wait a minute
I worked at SCETV network headquarters for about 10 years. The tape liberty there had just about every format both analog and digital.
There were hundreds of vintage 60s and early 70s 2 inch quad tapes. The first number I remember is 002. No doubt 001 if it still exists is in some retired person’s collection.
Around 2005 or 06, hundreds if not thousands tapes of all formats were tossed into rented dumpsters. I grabbed a quad and some one inch flanges made of aluminum.
I hate to think how much money was tossed. Oh well, that is government for you.
Very good! Thanks for the ping.
Oh, my goodness! You're in for a treat! You'll find many Whovians have their favorite Doctor. -- Mine is Jon Pertwee -- I still get such a kick out of the low budget production (toilet plungers for Dalek "arm"... etc). Stories were generally a lot of fun. Simple, classical entertainment.