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Published on March 5th, 2014 | by James Lomond

The Current State Of Doctor Who Missing Episodes Omnirumour

HEALTH WARNING: the article written by J R Southall of StarburstMagazine.com is smart, insightful and puts into context a lot of the wild speculation about why we’ve not heard about more missing episodes (you know – the bonkers conspiracy stuff) that may have been discovered in Phil Morris’s exploration into North African archives. But it doesn’t actually tell you what’s been found. Just sayin’.

Read on…

There is presumably a reason for Phil to have adopted “Expect the unexpected!” as a catchphrase, because after twenty years of no significant finds – no other complete stories, that is – it wouldn’t come as a surprise to discover that Morris was sitting on a treasure trove of previously-lost TV episodes. Whether he is or not, we shall have to wait and see.

Southall recaps events leading up to the excitement around 1967’s Enemy of the World and Web of Fear being returned to Auntie (that’s 20th century slang for the Beeb btw). He then looks at the burning questions of what else may have been found and WHY we haven’t heard anything yet – especially as some are wondering whether Easter will bring a welcome announcement.

[pullquote align="right"]Overseas archives may refuse to hand over material they’ve now realised could fetch them a few bob.[/pullquote]He flags up the tricky negotiations with distant archives who may worry that they shunned decades-old instructions to destroy tapes and hurriedly dispose of Evil of the Daleks when they hear the BBC is on the prowl. Or they may refuse to hand over material they’ve now realised could fetch them a few bob.

At the same time the publicity around Enemy and Web in the midst of the 50th anniversary could be beneficial. Any private collectors in possession of lost Who may now be concerned that their rare gems will be unearthed elsewhere and could plummet in value if they don’t fess-up soon… Southall goes through a variety of reasons why we may not have heard about other finds just yet and including why the BBC may not know. Morris’s company TIEA may do a degree of restoration and why spend money restoring episodes you’ve found when you might uncover a better, cleaner version later on?

Of course we want to know now. And the problem with conspiracy theories is that they tend to come with a dose of anger and indignation. WHY HAVEN’T THE DIRTY BEGGARS TOLD US?! Southall explains why the process is more complicated than it first seems and puts it perfectly:

There are only heroes in this. All we need to do is sit back and let the professionals get on with their jobs, and the rewards will be ours.

And we, fellow Kasterborites and other fans (you’re known as pre-Kasterborites around here) have been heroically patient over the past few decades. Thanks to the hard work of some brave and clever individuals that patience will hopefully pay-off. So enjoy the excitement, anticipation and frustration – it’s how you KNOW you’re a fan!

That said, let the paranoia recommence – what do you think is going on? And how will you watch the whole of Season 4 when it resurfaces in a 3D colour conversion with surround sound?! Tell us below…


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20 Responses to The Current State Of Doctor Who Missing Episodes Omnirumour

  1. avatar John Miller says:

    This doesn’t actually say anything though.

    • avatar ataf says:

      i agree, it just says there was an article elsewhere.

      • Well next time we won’t tell you that “there was an article elsewhere”.

        I should explain: you’ve just unravelled the mode upon which this and many other websites work. We built our reputation on pointing our readers to quality links elsewhere, and being a trustworthy source of information. Sorry if these things don’t do it for you, but that’s one of the principles of blogging.

        Or would you prefer it if we claimed the material as our own? That would be quite unacceptable.

        It’s like you wandered in here and totally missed the point.

        • avatar James Lomond says:

          Though, John Miller (not Jonathan Miller, right? If it is – I LOVED your re-breathing experiment in Body in Question – you’re a brave chap! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUBQjnQVJ4U&t=44m56s If not- cool name!) and ataf you do point to an interesting question about how much of the internet is information, how much is opinion, whether opinion *counts* as “information” and how much of the internet is simply re-directing to other information. I like to call it “re-packaging” information (as with the link above) though your feedback is appreciated ;)

          Exciting bit starts here:

          And if you actually are Jonathan Miller, sorry for re-packaging your own excellent package!

        • avatar John Miller says:

          Sorry if I upset anyone, but the point was that there was no real material at all in that article. it’s basically “There’s no official word now, and there may or may not be an official word in the future.”

          Really there’s no material to “claim”. This is an odd article, as 99.999% of Kasterborous articles have something noteworthy, whereas this one doesn’t.

          • avatar ataf says:

            what point am I supposed to have missed, this is just repetitive and redundant to the original and superior article with no real point and sorry but I don not find the repackaging question interesting in the slightest more dull. the article in question restates rather than offers any interpretation or hindsight of the original article.

          • avatar James Lomond says:

            Hey John and Ataf- the re-packaging question was intended to point out the degree to which information is flagged up and re-posted/ linked to on the web – a huge amount of what the internet does, besides providing actual information (on the assumption that you can trust that info and would even call it “information” rather than hearsay or opinion) is linking and facilitating the flow of information. Like a LOT of the internet is purely the redistribution and networking of info. A lot of people think the internet is an interesting social phenomenon in that sense and the networks that emerge worth looking at. I get that that can also seem dull to some.

            The article was intended to flag up and direct people to a much longer and in-depth article and to provide a precis of it if readers didn’t have time to go through the original. Perhaps a better title would have been “a reflection on the omnirumour” or similar.

            Nevertheless it’s still useful to know that, in the absence of new specific info you’d generally value more interpretation, insight etc.

        • avatar ataf says:

          thank you for your well thought out response james. agreed the internet is interesting in many different ways that lead on to many different topics from technology to sociology, sadly I don’t feel the same about repackaging but like the fact your attempt to sign post is so community spirited. Perhaps I should have given you a bit more credit. just a suggestion but perhaps giving a round up that involved more sources and even a bit of new information from new research by yourselves would in my opinion raise the bar but I understand this is hard as there is only so much you can do, thank you.

          @ Christians – strange the only to options for you are repetitive and plagerism. also to suggest that was what I was imply is just silly!

  2. avatar Al says:

    There are good points raised here, and there are others. Didn’t they say it could take years to go through the cache and see what’s in there? The fact there may be holdouts for money or entities worried about legal action for not destroying the tapes are very real concerns, especially when you remember the parts of the world we’re talking about. This is like oil exploration. The easy sources were tapped years ago, and now we have to dig deeper, and not always within our comfort range, to get to the resources. What if they discover that Kim Jong Il had a complete Marco Polo? Or as happened a few years back Country X had a full Evil of the Daleks but it was destroyed during an uprising? I think it’s unfair and frankly a bit dumb for people to scream CONSPIRACY when they have no idea what’s going on. If BBC Worldwide had possession of Marco Polo, why wouldn’t they put it out for either the 50th anniversary of Who last year or the 50th of its broadcast this spring? The fact they haven’t means they don’t have it yet. No conspiracy there.

  3. avatar David says:

    “And how will you watch the whole of Season 4 when it resurfaces in a 3D colour conversion with surround sound?!”

    What am I missing here? Was this tongue in cheek or an I grossly behind the 8-ball?

    • avatar James Lomond says:

      Sorry man- tongue firmly planted in cheek. (Wouldn’t it be awesome tho ;) )

      • avatar David says:

        Anything would be awesome!

  4. avatar pete pointer says:

    Can only look at these articles and laugh since I was one of the culprits way back in june who passed down 90 epsiodes found info from people thinking they were in the know. Now one of them has since told me he actually isn’t a well conected source and read the 90 episode rumour from a john preddle list (leaked for a joke). The other guy I want to talk to again (calls himself Ssorg). Steve Roberts ripped up the 90 episode list at a con recently. Basically Marco Polo and possibly Tenth planet 4 is all we’ve got left to come and it won’t be an Easter announcment cos of the attention being taken from the new series. May be later this year.

    • avatar Francis Cave says:

      The list Steve Roberts ripped up was of stories which, according to rumours, were in various stages of restoration.

      He believes himself that other stories have been recovered, just not yet given to the restoration team to work on.

  5. avatar Geoff says:

    Over the years I have investigated many frauds and they usually rely on the victims desire to believe whatever it is they are being told. When people really want to believe something reason goes out of the window, they will part with their life savings, remortgage their home etc if the desire to believe in the end result/reward is strong or alluring enough.

    So when I read about people having dream lists of missing stories that have apparently turned up but can’t be shown or confirmed because of “detracting from the new series” or any other such reason I am very dubious. We want to believe so we give this stuff credence but there’s actually no substance behind anything I’ve heard anywhere yet.

    My advice is much the same as I’d advise someone who thinks they might be being scammed: don’t part with anything (in the fraud victims case money, in our case hope and emotional investment) until you physically have the thing you’ve been promised in your hands!

  6. avatar Christine says:

    I read JR’s original article and I thought it was well thought out and interesting. I was getting rather fed up with all the conspiracy rumours on the web, especially those that turned Mr Morris into this guy that was keeping secrets just to irritate Who fans. Although I realise articles like this may never change the theories that abound, if only a few of the “angry” people reflect on what they are actually stating, something has been won. It may be small but it’s there. And I am rather pleased the article got referred to on this site. Whether it contained new information or no. That’s not really the point, is it? Thank you Christian.

  7. It does seem to be going very quiet now with this rumour now !

  8. avatar mark duncan says:

    Negotiation issues aside, we must consider the enormous technical difficulties of salvaging, for example, a 45-year-old scrapped-out 16mm film print with physical and chemical damage. What would be the point announcing a find if it’s so degraded that restoring it is impossible? Note: I don’t mean announcing to fans (who would want to know either way) but to the Public. Better to accept its ultimate loss with fond memories than unfairly blame those involved with the recovery endeavour. Whilst I believe fans will never lose hope (I know I certainly won’t), I think it’s time we accept the reality of the situation, philosophically, and be grateful for the treasures we have. If we never do find every episode, it won’t diminish people’s fondness for the show.

  9. avatar Funbundle says:

    Isn’t it better to be excited about the possible prospect of some lost Who resurfacing, than to be all whingy and huffy about not being given a running commentary of someone prising rusty film cans and looking at each frame under a magnifying glass?

  10. avatar Maurice Fluffbuckle says:

    As people seem to think lost episodes have been found “expect the unexpected” probably means we won’t see anything at all. That would be unexpected.

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