Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Fans resurrect lost Doctor Who episodes


The BBC, in their infinite wisdom, decided sometimes in the late Sixties or early Seventies that they needed space for new shows in their tape library, and destroyed many of the original tapes containing Hartnell, Troughton, and even a few Pertwee stories. Despite the odd find each decade of a lost story molding away in some backwater, many of these classic Who tales are lost in the mists of time…until now.

It turns out many a fan recorded the audio from the shows as they were broadcast, so almost all the soundtracks have been preserved. But a cadre of fans spread across the globe are taking things a step further and animating the classic lost Doctor Who adventures to recreate the Doctor’s first adventures. The BBC did this officially with “The Invasion,” but as stated in the Guardian story, animating is a tremendous amount of work. Fans don’t care, though, they want their Who and they’re willing to put noses to the grindstone to get it.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

5 Responses to “ Fans resurrect lost Doctor Who episodes ”

I am Steven says:

One day, I’ll get around to making my Lego telesnap reconstructions of missing episodes, and the world will be slightly better for it.

Greg Fink says:

Most of that sucked! Not that I could do any of it any better but that was just difficult to watch. the clip from power of the daleks looked ok, but the rest… pass. Couldn’t we just fundraise the capitol to have cosgrove hall do more of the stories?


Warren says:

Yes, well, there’s sucky and then there’s “the Master: a video tribute” mashups on Youtube sucky. 🙂

Sorta off topic, but I’ve always thought that to do a proper fan film, the approach should be to ape exactly how the BBC did it back in the day. You can’t match the new show and their whiz-bangery, but the tech is there to emulate a 3 camera studio shoot circa 1973, create filters so outside shots look like crappy film, and carboard tube spaceships are a craft class away. Then it’s down to clever writing and finding a couple of decent actors who’ll work for free. 🙂

jabberwocky says:

Well Cheers to them for the attempt,but they really need to work on their craft before I will say its good. the mixing of styles of animation certainly doesn’t work.

Carter says:

I heard that there may be a chance most of the lost episodes are in zambia but the dictator there doesnt like the bbc so hes not letting anyone at them

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