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Published on May 25th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

Rare 16mm Film Doctor Who Episode “Wheel In Space” #3 On eBay

While not a missing episode, this rare 16mm Doctor Who of part 3 of 1968′s The Wheel in Space available on eBay right now is sure to attract interest.

Says the seller:

16mm film. DOCTOR WHO tv episode “Wheel In Space” Part 3. Starring Patrick Troughton as The Doctor. This is episode 3 from a 6 part story. From what I know, only this episode and episode 6 exist at the BBC. As the Beeb have their own copy of episode 3, I’m only selling my copy on this basis.  Condition: Excellent Print…no scratches, didn’t notice splices, picture and sound very good. This episode looks complete from the beginning to the end with all credit titles, black and white. Film will be posted by Special Delivery.  Please Note: UK BIDDERS ONLY.

However, if you want it, the price will be high. Over on eBay the bidding starts at £799.00!

Does a rare 16mm film version of a 1960s episode interest you?

Update: Item Withdrawn!

At 12.20pm the auction was ended by the seller, several days before its intended time…

Update: Item Re-Listed!

In a curious turn of events, it seems that the item has been relisted, again for £799. We continue to watch this auction with interest.


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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+.

11 Responses to Rare 16mm Film Doctor Who Episode “Wheel In Space” #3 On eBay

  1. avatar Harry M VanHoudnos says:

    While it is interesting, it would be more interesting if the price was lower AND it was from one of the missing episodes from this story.

  2. And just like that, it’s gone.

  3. avatar James Lomond says:

    So this looks like an example of the changing value of vintage media given the interest in missing episodes of late – this isn’t *missing* but the seller presumably expects there to be interest in it as an historical object/ artifact that’s part of the story of episodes being shipped around the world before being lost to the BBC. Is it only being sold now because of all the interest in the media such that it’s potentially valuable just because it is a telecine print?

    1) is it better quality than what the BBC already holds and if so can they please have it on loan to get a better digitised copy (not that I think that’d happen) and…
    2) how did they get it? Who from where and when and is there a potential lead to other episodes that might be missing????!!!!

    …Not that this is part of the Omnirumour, but all of this missing/ not missing episodes shenanigans is not good for my blood pressure!

  4. avatar Jonathan Murphy says:

    The image used is not from WIS #3, but #6, where the Doctor is topping up mercury to depart in the TARDIS. Is this the image posted by the film-seller, or picked by Kast’??

    • Image above was ours.

  5. avatar Gareth Kavanagh says:

    Poor bugger had probably been bombarded by well meaning fans telling him chapter and verse of the missing episodes saga, people checking if he really meant parts 2 or 4 and spivs asking if he had anything else in the shed!

    Most likely, it’s one of the bootlegged dupes from the 80s that were doing the rounds, although a picture of the can would have been interesting!

  6. avatar John Collins says:

    I’m saddened that the owner of the (presumably) silent film footage wanted to make a profit out of other fans. No doubt he’s been scuppered by copyright!

    • avatar Gareth Kavanagh says:

      Doesn’t look silent to me…

  7. avatar Russell McGee says:

    It has been re-listed on ebay.

  8. avatar MWRuger says:

    I think he was probably contacted by the BBC and told that he was selling property that didn’t belong to him. They may have suggested that he could receive a finder’s fee if he returned it voluntarily or a writ if he did not,

    • avatar Gareth Kavanagh says:

      Doubt it. Sales of 16mm film TV stuff has been going on for years. The buyer owns the physical print and can so is perfectly within his rights to sell it. The BBC own the copyrighted material but not the physical print. It’s that kind of misapprehension that stopped many collectors from returning material for fear of prosection IMHO.

      Here’s the situation clarified for THE LION back in 1999; “Steve Roberts again wrote to Bruce on 18 January, apologising for any worry or confusion his first letter might have caused. He wrote: “I’m pleased to be able to confirm that the BBC’s official position is now that the film is your property and that you may sell it on or otherwise dispose of it as you please. You bought the print in good faith and therefore you are entitled to be considered as the legal owner… I have been asked to point out, however, that the ownership of the print is limited to the physical acetate film, not to the copyright of the programme contained on it. This must also be made clear to anyone who wishes to buy the film from you.”

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