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Published on September 30th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

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Hi it’s me back again as I bring news of a totally fascinating  article on Wired.com.

Decades after the BBC destroyed (for space-saving reasons) classic episodes of Doctor Who (along with many other programs), fans of the sci-fi series are utilising modern technology to fill the gaps with their own remakes. 108 episodes of a total 253 between 1963 and 1968 are missing, totally almost half of the First and Second Doctor eras.

It’s an interesting state of affairs that allows both solo projects and those by groups of fans to have a go at filling in the gaps – for instance little exists of the classic episodes that comprise Evil of the Daleks from 1967.  Perfect fare for a private reconstruction (known as recons).

Sharon Hanley, communications manager for BBC1, Drama, Programme Acquisition and BBC Film, reports that the Beeb is aware of the private reconstructions and lives in peace with them.

"Because there are so many of these websites and reconstructed episodes around the globe and similar films in existence," Hanley said, "we generally don’t comment."

The recent involvement of animators Cosgrove Hall in the reconstruction of the 1969 adventure The Invasion meanwhile has encouraged these unnoffical groups. 

And where can you find such reconstructions?  Where else but Youtube!

(Look out for about surgical reconstructions, however!)

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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