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Seven missing Doctor Who episodes restored thanks to fan who recorded them in the 60s
Daily Mail ^ | 23rd November 2013 | Emma Thomas

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.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: doctorwho

1 posted on 11/23/2013 5:36:11 AM PST by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

where’s my sonic screwdriver...


2 posted on 11/23/2013 6:16:35 AM PST by Reverend Wright ( FORWARD !)
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To: the scotsman

Never heard of this series, but it sounds interesting.

Kudos to the fan who recorded the 7 episodes, but what happened to the originals?


3 posted on 11/23/2013 6:20:47 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Reverend Wright

It’s right next to your radar Marguerite.

Sorry. I always wanted to say that.
Have a jelly baby.


4 posted on 11/23/2013 6:21:51 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: the scotsman; zot; Interesting Times; NYer; Reverend Wright; rawhide; MrEdd

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


5 posted on 11/23/2013 6:51:32 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: rawhide

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.


6 posted on 11/23/2013 6:55:56 AM PST by Slainte
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To: the scotsman

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.


7 posted on 11/23/2013 6:58:07 AM PST by HarleyD (...one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.)
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To: the scotsman

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.

:)

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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.


8 posted on 11/23/2013 7:17:23 AM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: Slainte

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.


9 posted on 11/23/2013 7:22:17 AM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: HarleyD

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.


10 posted on 11/23/2013 7:42:38 AM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: rawhide

Never heard of Dr Who?.


11 posted on 11/23/2013 7:43:11 AM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman

Well, I see the DVR is recording this year’s episode so it’s time to break out the popcorn again.


12 posted on 11/23/2013 7:46:15 AM PST by HarleyD (...one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.)
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To: the scotsman
Wow. This is great news. I've watched a reconstruction of "Marco Polo" using still photos and the original audio (both of which exist for every serial, so nothing is truly lost in a permanent and ultimate sense). It's a really good story.

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.

13 posted on 11/23/2013 7:48:17 AM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: GreyFriar

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2663812/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

http://viooz.co/movies/23139-an-adventure-in-space-and-time-2013.html


14 posted on 11/23/2013 8:01:48 AM PST by Bobalu (Ted Cruz was right and his star now shines bright)
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To: rawhide
but what happened to the originals?

Wikipedia, Doctor Who missing episodes

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?

15 posted on 11/23/2013 8:03:09 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: HarleyD

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.


16 posted on 11/23/2013 9:00:19 AM PST by 50sDad (A Liberal prevents me from telling you anything here.)
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To: Borges

ping


17 posted on 11/23/2013 9:01:47 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: GreyFriar; the scotsman; zot; Interesting Times; NYer; Reverend Wright; rawhide; MrEdd

(img src=”http://www.bbc.co.uk/dorset/content/images/2009/04/10/doctorwho_seeds_monster_470_470x300.jpg”;>

my favourite series was the one when the millionaire environmentalist turned into a plant… hey wait a minute


18 posted on 11/23/2013 10:30:43 AM PST by Reverend Wright ( FORWARD !)
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To: Reverend Wright
try again
19 posted on 11/23/2013 10:34:21 AM PST by Reverend Wright ( FORWARD !)
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To: KarlInOhio

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.


20 posted on 11/23/2013 11:23:33 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: GreyFriar

Very good! Thanks for the ping.


21 posted on 11/23/2013 12:34:12 PM PST by zot
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To: GreyFriar

WHO-rah!


22 posted on 08/09/2014 9:56:56 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: rawhide
Never heard of this series, but it sounds interesting.

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.

23 posted on 08/09/2014 10:37:26 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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