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Missing Episodes of Doctor Who Are Definitely “Out There”, and Will Eventually Be Recovered!

Chris Perry, CEO of the TV archiving company, Kaleidoscope, has confirmed that he knows more episode of missing Doctor Who exist and will be returned to the BBC at some point in the future.

Many First and Second Doctor stories (and even some Third Doctor ones) were wiped from archives, leaving gaps in the history of Doctor Who, but Perry says he’s aware of lost episodes that should be recovered sometime in the future.

He confirms:

“We know where there is missing Doctor Who out there but the owners won’t return it at the moment.

“Every year, we find 50 to 70 lost programmes, some famous titles and internationally known names and others not, but significant examples of regional television output, for example.”

We’ve heard similar claims from other sources, notably Philip Morris who recovered episodes of The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear a decade ago, but it’s great to hear another expert in the field concur.

First Doctor stories, either partly or wholly missing, include Marco Polo, The Daleks’ Master Plan, The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve, The Smugglers, and the final episode of The Tenth Planet, which famously featured the first ever regeneration. Lost Second Doctor episodes or stories include The Highlanders, The Evil of the Daleks, The Wheel in Space, and The Space Pirates.

We don’t know which other episodes are out there, although it’s likely that episode three of The Web of Fear exists — Morris says he found it with the rest of the serial, but by the time the shipment of reels arrived in the UK, it had vanished.

And so the saga of missing Doctor Who rumbles on. We can, at least, see a glimmer of hope…

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Missing Episodes of Doctor Who Are Definitely “Out There”, and Will Eventually Be Recovered!

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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