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The Reign of Terror to Reign Again

The Doctor might point and laugh at archaeologists as they scamper about in the dirt, picking over the remains of some lost civilisations chamber pot but there are certain periods of time that not even he can ever appear in again.

There’s no doubting the incredibly myopic decision to delete archived episodes of Doctor Who during the 70’s but now thanks to the archaeological work of animators in Avoca on the Central Coast of Australia fans will be able to once again see a time period once thought lost.

Theta-Sigma (the nickname used by the Doctor during his time at the Time Lord Academy) and their director of Production Austen Atkinson are working in conjunction with the BBC and Big Finish Productions to bring the missing two episodes of The Reign of Terror – the 1964 serial starring William Hartnell and set in the French Revolution – back to life.

Atkinson – who grew up watching Doctor Who – has promised that the company’s hand drawn likenesses (rather than computer generated images) will be something to behold:

“This will be a wonderful piece of history restored for Europe and Australia to see.”

Using original sound recordings, photos, and scripts Atkinson and his team are restoring parts 4 and five of the incomplete serial.

The entire six parts of the serial will be re-released on DVD and are expected to be screened on television in the near future.


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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