Daily Archives: October 8, 2013

Deborah Watling and Frazer Hines to Appear at Missing Episodes Reveal

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Accordingly to Deborah Watling’s official website both she and Frazer Hines will be helping to launch the newly recovered Doctor Who episodes this Thursday between 3.30 and 7.00 p.m. No details have been provided of the location for the press conference/screening.  Watling’s intended appearance might suggest that the rumours concerning the return of The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear may indeed be true.

Watling played the Second Doctor’s companion Victoria Waterfield from the Season 4 finale, The Evil of the Daleks in May 1967 until the penultimate Season 5 story, Fury From the Deep,  in April 1968.

Hines was the Doctor’s companion Jamie, a Highland Scot from 1746 Culloden.  Hines appeared from Patrick Troughton’s second adventure, The Highlanders in December 1966 until his final story, The War Games, in June 1969. Hines reprised his role of Jamie in the 1983 special The Five Doctors and again in the Season 22 story The Two Doctors. Appearing in 116 episodes of Doctor Who, Hines holds the record for the companion with the most Doctor Who episode appearances.

Deborah Watling as Victoria and Frazer Hines as Jamie in The Abominable Snowmen

Deborah Watling as Victoria and Frazer Hines as Jamie in The Abominable Snowmen (1967)

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Official Confirmation – BBC to Reveal Missing Doctor Who Episodes

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It’s almost time to break open the champagne.  The BBC News and Entertainment website has published an article by Lizo Mzimba, Entertainment correspondent, BBC News confirming the recovery of an unspecified number of missing Doctor Who episodes.  BBC Worldwide is expected to confirm the find at a press screening in London later this week.

The Doctor, Ben and Polly in the Second Doctor's first adventure, The Power of the Daleks

The Doctor, Ben and Polly in the Second Doctor’s first adventure, The Power of the Daleks

More news will be provided as it comes to hand.

Get ready to party!

Get ready to party!

Vivien Fleming

Day 46 of 50th Anniversary Countdown – 10 of the Best First Doctor Moments

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10. Undercover in a Paris Prison Reign of Terror

9. The reincarnation of YetaxaThe Aztecs

8.  Caesar’s Plans Go Up in SmokeThe Romans

7.  Possessed Susan Attacks Barbara The Edge of Destruction

6.  Get me Geneva QuickThe Tenth Planet

5.  Doc Holliday The Gunfighters

4.  The Search for Susan An Unearthly Child

3.  Ian and Barbara Leave the DoctorThe Chase

2.  Goodbye SusanThe Dalek Invasion of Earth

1.  The First Doctor’s RegenerationThe Tenth Planet

HONOURABLE MENTION

A fan made compilation of the best of The Web Planet

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Doctor Who Pop-Up Shop Materialises in Brisbane

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BBC Worldwide has today announced that a Doctor Who Pop-Up Shop will open in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley this Saturday, 8 October, at 9.00 a.m.  To celebrate its opening fans are encouraged to attend in costume, with a small prize to be awarded for the first 20 fans arriving in cosplay.

Doctor Who fans in cosplay outside of a Doctor Who Pop-Up Shop

Doctor Who fans in cosplay outside of a Doctor Who Pop-Up Shop

BBC Worldwide is promising that the shop will stock a large array of Doctor Who merchandise not currently available in Australian stores including the Who Home Range and women’s apparel from the American designers Her Universe. A limited number of the silver collectable coins, pressed by the Perth Mint, will also be available for sale. These 1oz silver proof coins are currently listed as unavailable on the Perth Mint website, where their retail price is listed as $115.00.

Together with the usual range of BBC Doctor Who merchandise, the shop will also have a TARDIS and a K-9.  For further details you can read BBC Worldwide’s press release here.

A Doctor Who Pop-Up Shop

A Doctor Who Pop-Up Shop

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Great Jumping Gobstoppers! The Missing Episode Thread’s Closed

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Great Jumping Gobstoppers! The Missing Episode Thread's Closed

Following the closure of a prominent Doctor Who forum’s Missing Episodes Thread fans have been experiencing massive withdrawal symptoms. The end of the week cannot come soon enough!

Source for the cartoon of Patrick Troughton is Murray Ewing – http://www.murrayewing.co.uk/mewsings/2011/04/. No copyright infringement intended.

Meme text by The Doctor Who Mind Robber.

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.

Fans Frustrated by Delay in Missing Episode Recovery Announcement

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As previously reported in the Doctor Who MInd Robber. the UK tabloid the Mirror yesterday alleged that the BBC would announce the recovery of missing Doctor Who episodes on Tuesday. The Mirror’s claim appeared to be substantiated by an article in The Radio Times which indicated that two lost serials, likely to be from the Troughton era, would be released digitally on Wednesday. 

A November 1963 Radio Times announcing the launch of the new series Doctor Who

A November 1963 Radio Times cover announcing the launch of the new series Doctor Who

Fans hopes for an early resolution of the long standing missing episode rumours where dashed last night when the Mirror reported that the press conference had been postponed until the end of the week.  A BBC Insider is quoted as saying

“With all the excitement in the last few days about the lost episodes we are really keen to get the information out, but there are a few delays.

“We want everything to be ready and for this announcement to excite fans so they will have to wait a few days longer.

“They have been waiting nearly 50 years for this, so a couple of days shouldn’t make any difference.”

Almost simultaneously with the Mirror’s announcement of the delay, The Radio Times amended its online article concerning the digital release of missing episodes. It now ways that the missing episodes will be available for sale to the public this week.

Respected UK newspaper The Guardian has also weighed into the rumours and published an article today which claims that a BBC press conference will be held on Thursday.

Yeti in the tunnels of the London Underground in the lost Troughton era serial The Web of Fear

Yeti in the tunnels of the London Underground in the lost Troughton era serial The Web of Fear

The mounting tension among fans about the impending announcement is so great that at least one online Doctor Who forum has closed its Missing Episodes thread and curtailed all discussion of the issue until an official announcement by the BBC.

The latest rumours suggest that the two missing serials recovered, and due for release, are two Season Five stories, Enemy of the World and The Web of FearThe serials are consecutive stories and among the most sought after by fans. In our The 10 Most Wanted Missing Episodes article published on October 4 we listed the Enemy of the World as number 6 and The Web of Fear as number 5.

Patrick Troughton as Salamander in The Enemy of the World

Patrick Troughton as Salamander in the lost Season Five serial  The Enemy of the World

In the meantime,  general fan consensus seems to be that the Mirror’s claim of the recovery of over 100 missing episodes from Ethiopia is at best an exaggeration, and at worst an outright lie. The Mirror’s claims were reported on the UK’s SkyNews channel and also in the press worldwide, including Australia’s news.com.au.  There are now, however, very few sceptics remaining with the vast majority of vocal fans believing that at least some episodes have been recovered.

Further information will be published as it comes to hand.

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.

 

UPDATE: 

Official Confirmation – BBC to Reveal Missing Doctor Who Episodes

Details here.