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Published on September 18th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

More Missing Episode Speculation: Is An Announcement Imminent? [UPDATED]

Over the past few months we’ve addressed Doctor Who’s “missing episodes, discovered” so-called “omnirumour” on several occasions – but it just won’t go away, will it?


While we continue to await the revelation of a whole swathe of missing episodes (all the time suspecting that at best it will likely be a much smaller collection that has been found) we’ve kept our ears to the ground for something approaching detail.

If our information is to be believed, the situation concerning the return of the missing episodes is delicate; remarkably delicate.

Remember, this is a topic that has been under the watch of heavy control and censorship on some Internet forums. Fortunately for those interested in the topic, Twitter continues to be awash with largely uncensored speculation on the topic.

As ever, we won’t know whether the current rumours concerning rejigged DVD schedules are true until an official announcement is made. But if the details of this are as we’ve been lead to believe over the months, fans will be fascinated, and the reasons for repeated denials from all quarters will become clear.

That is, of course, assuming any of it is true…

(Note: thanks to everyone who pointed out the slight inaccuracy within the original version of this article. We’re very grateful.)


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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+.

25 Responses to More Missing Episode Speculation: Is An Announcement Imminent? [UPDATED]

  1. avatar Charles Daniels says:

    How is this article any different from a Bleeding Cool article? If you really believe the situation could be so extremely delicate, why post this story?!?!

    • Why would we post any story?

      Should we just not bother posting anything at all?

      We post the story to inform the fans. This article is different from Bleeding Cool’s because we haven’t put any large amounts of confidence or staked a reputation on it; how many such rumours have there been over the years?

      But of course, this one is different, and if there are any changes in the situation – see below – then our readers deserve to know. That’s what we’re hear for. If we ignored it, we wouldn’t be fulfilling the role of this website.

      • Hi Christian, Rich Johnston from Bleeding Cool here. We have repeatedly stated that we have no idea whether such rumours are true or not. Just that we find it entertaining that senior production folk gossip about them in just the same way as the fans. There’s no difference – but then, why should there be?

        • Rich, I think there was some mixed up details in the original version of the article, which you’ve probably traced back to find. (We got things a little confused with links and chatter last night).

          As you say, there is no way of knowing what is true and what isn’t (other than gauging the reactions of certain people, perhaps). Cheers for dropping in :)

      • avatar Charles Daniels says:

        If there is one chance in a million that posting about negotiations which were “extremely delicate” as you say could hurt negotiations over returning Dr Who to the archives, then quite frankly YES you shouldn’t risk posting anything at all about on going negotiations. Unless you want an exclusive headline “dr who return scuppered!”

  2. avatar Steve C says:

    Not only that but why drag up the news in the first place, you already posted it back in June and nothing has changed. Bleeding Cool has no more news, and nothing has been posted there since that time.

    • No, something has changed: more alleged details at the heart of the rumour are filtering down.

      “Bleeding cool has no more news and nothing has been posted there since that time”

      Other than the post from yesterday that we link to, for your benefit? Riiight…

      • avatar spoiled says:

        The link seemingly doesn’t go to yesterdays post.

        • Apologies, we’ve got some crossed wires at the K end. Clearly this isn’t a new post.

  3. avatar Ian says:

    Zygons will have a trailer for 10th Planet, most likely. Indications are the 10th Planet DVD has been pulled forward to October, at least according to some retail sites (like Sainsbury’s). If so, that does leave November – 50th anniversary month – suspiciously empty though

    • Interestingly, however, Amazon hasn’t changed any dates.

      • avatar joesiegler says:

        They’re not always the fastest with that. I wouldn’t read anything into Amazon release dates.

  4. avatar Chris Fields says:

    Cheers for the update, I’ve followed the link to the news story, but it’s from 24th June – I can’t see any new info??

    • Thanks Chris, we’ve been talking at cross purposes here at K Towers. The new version of the article outlines things with more relevance.

  5. avatar Simon Magellan says:

    I tend to take these rumours with a pinch of salt until some definite proof has been provided (rather than the “I know the man who drove the van” type) – but, having said that…

    I found it strange that “The Crusade” is not being animated – it is such an iconic story, and highly regarded – more so than “The Underwater Menace”, which is. So could that actually suggest that there’s no longer a need to animate it? That it’s now complete…

  6. avatar David F says:

    I’m confused . . . The rumour seems to be that, on one hand, delicate negotiations are in progress that necessitate secrecy . . . Yet at the same time, the DVD releases have been produced and are poised for release. I don’t see how both can be true.

    • One version, and I assure you that I have NO knowledge as to its veracity, is that the BBC have some in house but not the rest.

      You know what? I have heard more things over the last couple of months. I should probably write something on Bleeding Cool.

      • avatar vortexter says:

        Please Rich. You seem to be the only one talking about it at the moment!

        • :O

          He types, on a different website where is being discussed….

          But yes, Rich, please do. I’ll be interested to see how it matches up with what I’ve heard.

  7. avatar FitzoliverJ says:

    Confirmation that there’s a rumour that there’s a rumour? Does the rumour specify that something has happened that’s so major that the rumour of the rumour has to be announced without announcing the rumour, or is it just a slow news day?

  8. avatar Prydonian Cardnal says:

    Rich, I would tend to agree with you that the cache recovered is either less than the 90+ episodes stated or in fact that it is 90+ but includes duplicates of what the BEEB already has in its vaults. Personally I feel that any recovery made at this time would be a great 50th anniversary/Christmas present for all Whovians, be it 90 or just a few. A full recovery would be nirvana, but I’m going to bet that the truth might be somewhere in the middle.
    I seen posts naming specific episodes (ie. Marco Polo, The Web Of Fear and Enemy Of The World) any details on that or is this seperate from the ‘omnirumour’?

    • avatar Prydonian Cardnal says:

      p.s.-My bad. My comment is also directed to you, too, Christian.

    • AS far as I’m aware they’re one and the same. I understand that if anything is likely to have been found or returned to the BBC, these are the three prime candidates. Whether they’re also the only serials/collections of episodes that have actually been recovered or not is another matter entirely…

  9. as anyone involved in this discussion – here or elsewhere – can attest, this is an emotive subject.

    Indeed, other than hearing some more unsubstantiated claims regarding the omnirumour in the past week it was really only the rumoured (now confirmed) DVD rescheduling that prompted the post in the first place, along with some crossed wires between myself and one of our team members.

    I am closing comments on this matter for the time being in order to draw a line under some unpleasantness.

  10. avatar vortexter says:

    Christian, real fans appreciate being told of little developments even if they are rumours. How else are we supposed to be kept in the loop?. I’ve watched on other forums fans being torn to pieces just because they dare to hope that an episode or three may have been recoverred. Please keep this thread going as it is appreciated.

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