Doctor Who News Missing Doctor Who heading for BBC Four broadcast?

Published on December 23rd, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

BBC Four Intends To Broadcast Missing Doctor Who Episodes

Ever since it became apparent that missing Doctor Who episodes had been uncovered this year, one of the biggest questions has been “when will they be on TV?”

Well, if BBC Four has its way, the answer is “sooner, rather than later.”

A feature on the Radio Times website today serves the idea up as a very real possibility.

The BBC has confirmed that it has the right to air both The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World in the UK decades after they were first broadcast.  And if they do get aired they will almost certainly be shown on BBC4, senior sources have confirmed.

…a senior BBC executive told that no decision had been made but that if BBC television were to obtain the rights they would almost certainly air on BBC4 and not on BBC2.

A Worldwide spokesman said that the “BBC has the rights to show them if they wanted to”.

At the same time, however, the BBC was unable to confirm what sort of deal or arrangement they have will TIEA and Philip Morris.

This all seems to have come about in response to Saturday’s Missing Believed Wiped event at the BFI, in which the genius behind Morris’ approach to the subject of missing tapes was confirmed along with the assertion that the Indiana Jones of lost tapes might have uncovered several tens of thousands of lost canisters (that link is particularly worth reading), many more than thought.

But let’s think about this: The Web of Fear almost complete and The Enemy of the World, on TV, 45 or so years later? How great would it be to see the Second Doctor on a TV set, topped and tailed by announcements and trailers for other shows rather than on a DVD?

With BBC Four’s future looking exceedingly rosy as a cultural archive, this would make perfect sense.

(With thanks to Joe)


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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+.

7 Responses to BBC Four Intends To Broadcast Missing Doctor Who Episodes

  1. avatar GallifreyanFallenAngel says:

    Would they really use the telesnap reconstruction for Web of Fear 3 on television?

  2. avatar DonnaM says:

    They certainly won’t air The Web Of Fear until we’ve all bought the flipping DVD!

  3. avatar Neu 75 says:

    I’ve got a better idea. Why don’t BBC4 extend it’s opening time to 6.35pm and start showing every complete/near complete Doctor Who story from the beginning?

  4. avatar Simon Magellan says:

    Given the huge ratings they got for a late night showing of “An Unearthly child”, they could do worse than to show a proper repeat season. I felt it was a pity we didn’t get an “11 Faces” style run this year to remind everyone of the show’s 50 year history. Maybe next year as we gear up for the Capaldi Era to start?

  5. avatar Robert Prichard says:

    Virgin are already showing web of fear on catch up and they are using telesnaps for missing episode in the uk

  6. avatar krumstets says:

    I was disappointed they released these stories first on DVD. It was a particularly depressing money making exercise. How much money would they still have made if they had released the DVD afterwards?
    I imagine enough to keep the tills ringing.

    I look forward to seeing these episodes as on principal I refuse to buy the DVD’s

  7. avatar Howard Railton says:

    Any chance we could see Underwater Menace ep 2 as well?

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