In the not-so-distant past, newsreels were almost always played before the featured film in most movie theaters. For some, those newsreels were the actual highlight of the movie-going experience. While many of those former staples of pop culture have been lost to the sands of time, a leading producer of said newsreels from 1896-1976, British Pathé, has just released the mother lode of content to YouTube!
According to British Pathé general manager, Alastair White, the goal was to make sure these were never forgotten:
Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them. This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.
While the publishing of these 85,000 seemingly lost films is significant in itself, it also holds interest for us Whovians as well. Those who venture into the archive will find long-lost gems like a Cyberman and Yeti at ’67/68 Schoolboys’ and Girls’ Exhibition and even some extra curricular footage of a former Doctor Who star (Jon Pertwee) and the former Dr. Who (Peter Cushing). The exciting part is that now that the collection has been posted to the social video site, even more Who connections may be spotted by the viewers and users who peruse the footage.
Now, if only we could find someone with a complete collection of the missing Classic Doctor Who reels…
What say you, dear reader? Are you excited to check out the British Pathé collection? Then, what are you waiting for? The YouTube channel can be found here. Let us know if you see anything else of interest in the comments section below! We’ll be bringing you the individual videos of interest over the next few days…
(Additional details via Doctor Who News)