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Published on December 21st, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Have 10,000 Canisters of Lost British TV Been Found?

And are there any missing Doctor Who episodes among them? Well, we don’t know. Few do. But at least they (meaning, for instance, the BFI and Philip Morris) are clearly aware of what we think we know.

Despite hopes to the contrary, this evening’s event at the BFI apparently revealed little as far as missing episodes are concerned, but hope remains.

After all…

However, that big figure of 10,000 isn’t confirmation. Rather, it is comprehension. The players in this omnirumour are aware that the magic number of 10,000 has been cited. A lot. Whether they’re now using it as a confirmation or as a simple reference to the rumour and perhaps even communicate some sympathy with just how frustrating it is being on the inside… well, we don’t know this.

In fact, we don’t even know if they entire thing has been faked to smoke out British collectors who may have been sitting on material for years, intrigued by the dollars of iTunes.

Put simply, the omnirumour remains a rumour tonight, a possibility, a dream. Early promise has sadly fallen by the wayside.


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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+.

8 Responses to Have 10,000 Canisters of Lost British TV Been Found?

  1. Let’s hope there are some Doctor who eps amounts them it would be a great Christmas surprise

  2. avatar vortexter says:

    Who knows what to believe these days. It’s a sad state of affairs. Perhaps I’ll go to the the missing episodes forum for information;

    1. First rule of Missing Episodes Forum: Dont talk about missing episodes.
    2. Second episode of Missing Episodes Forum: DONT talk about missing episodes.
    3.Third rule of Missing Episodes Forum: Mock those who dare to believe something has been found.

    Back to the waiting game I’m afraid. Compare this to Ian Levine who has just found 5 duplicate Troughton episodes in Vietnam: He announces it within 24 hours. Good on Ian for at least keeping the lowly DVD buying Whovian in the loop.

    • avatar Mark P says:

      With the BBC/TIEA either

      * they tell us as soon as they can and then we have to wait for them to be restored and released as with The Underwater Menace 4 Ep 2 and Galaxy 4 Ep 3

      * they restore and release them as soon as they can and then tell us as with The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear

      Both mean months of waiting by fans but the first means more speculation by fans and known annoyance to in the interim and with the second they have to hope the news doesn’t leak in the interim to create speculation and annoyance. Catch22.

      As I understand it yes Ian announced he had found the latest 5 episodes quickly (I understand he has held onto missing episodes previously as a potentional bargaining chip) but he himself waited until he knew what episodes they definitely were – perhaps no different to the BBC/TIEA – but it seems he has no plans to recover and return those episodes.

  3. avatar Ian says:

    I’m not sure what the confusion is, despite the best efforts to obfuscate what was said by the naysayers. Fiddy confirmed the find of hundreds and thousands of film cans. He only mentioned the word “rumour” in relation to the contents of those cans.
    Let’s face it, some people will be denying reality until the official announcement, but it doesn’t change the facts. Omnittruth confirmed by BFI – don’t let anyone con you into thinking otherwise.

  4. avatar vortexter says:

    I see that the Missing Episodes Forum has posted a link to this site. Hello to you all!. I see that you were posting pictures of Kittens last time I looked. How about being a little optimistic about missing episode recoveries and taking your heads out of the sand once in a while?

    • avatar Ian says:

      There will be no heads emerging from sands until they have been given official permission to remove them.

      • avatar vortexter says:

        Talking about the situation will not alter what has already been found and returned to the country or keep it from being revealed. If they are hoping to flush out known collectors with missing episodes in their collections then good luck: It hasn’t flushed out Tenth planet episode 4 yet.

        All the fans want is an official announcement that either something has been found, or nothing at all. If it’s nothing then we’ll all leave it alone and get on with the search. If there is something then that’s enough for now, and I’ll be happy to let things play out and the vagueness may rattle a few hoarders.
        Who knows.

  5. avatar Jon Roberts says:

    Other than Doctor Who I hope there is some of the Likely Lads episodes and other classic comedies.

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