Cyberleader Krang's prediction in Tenth Planet may seem a little off by the end of this week.
When I last wrote I last wrote on the subject of the missing episodes the estimate I came up with was that 45 episodes could possibly reside in the vaults of various television companies. Since then something has happened for me to raise that estimate upwards by 22 episodes.
It was believed that the TV Station film archive was destroyed in Sierra Leona during the war. Recent research indicates it wasn't - though where I saw the information no longer contains the posts it once did. However a Radio Times website article from June 19th specifically mentions that Missing Episodes hunter Phil Morris (who appears on the commentary for episode 5 of The Reign of Terror DVD talking about his work) has been working in that country.
So if we include the prints sold to Sierra Leone that are now thought not to have been destroyed in our list of potential missing episode returns we get this:
|Marco Polo||Ethiopia |
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7||7|
|The Reign of Terror||Gibraltar |
Trinidad & Tobago
|The Crusade||Gibraltar |
|Galaxy 4||Sierra Leone||1, 3, 4||3|
|Myth Makers||Sierra Leone||1, 2, 3, 4||4|
|The Masacre||Sierra Leone||1, 2, 3, 4||4|
|Celestial Toymaker||Sierra Leone||1, 2, 3||3|
|The Savages||Sierra Leone||1, 2, 3, 4||4|
|The Smugglers||Sierra Leone||1, 2, 3, 4||4|
|FIRST DOCTOR TOTAL||33|
|The Abominable Snowmen||Gibraltar |
|1, 3, 4, 5, 6||5|
|The Ice Warriors||Gibraltar||2, 3||2|
|The Enemy of the World||Gibraltar |
|1, 2, 4, 5, 6||5|
|The Web of Fear||Gibraltar |
|2, 3, 4, 5, 6||5|
|Fury from the Deep||Gibraltar||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6||6|
|The Wheel in Space||Gibraltar |
|1, 2, 4, 5||4|
|The Invasion||Gibraltar||1, 4||2|
|The Space Pirates||Gibraltar||1, 3, 4, 5, 6||5|
|SECOND DOCTOR TOTAL||34|
Meanwhile our old friend Bleeding Cool has kept the story rumbling in the background:
Those Doctor Who Missing Episodes Rumours Take A Licking But Keep On TickingThe Dad's Army episodes would seem to indicate that whatever's been found is part of a wider haul. Indeed a rumour a year or so back was that 6000 cans of material had been shipped to someone in Liverpool.
Dad's Army - The Smoking Gun For Doctor Who Missing Episodes?
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Seems Like The BBC Just Scheduled A Missing Episode Of... Dad's Army?
Then a story, that had started in fan circles and run on niche websites suddenly got mainstream media attention over then weekend and everything went Radio Rental
The Sunday People Splashes On The Doctor Who Missing Episodes OmnirumorThis last linked story dashed people's hopes a bit but actually there's a good reason for delaying from today: The BBC Director General Tony Hall has made a speech on the future direction of the corporation and the BFI is hosting Missing, Believed Wiped: By Popular Demand, an event showcasing recovered material. Not clashing with either of these is a good idea.
How Rumourmongering Works: The Doctor Who Missing Episodes Story, Complete With Sky News Video
Doctor Who Missing Episodes - Available This Week
Doctor Who Missing Episode Release "Delayed A Couple Of Days"?
But as things stand an announcement is due Thursday....... But, as I said, Missing Believed Wiped is on tonight and DW returns have been announced at Missing Believed Wiped before.
Now I could be naughty and speculate that an announcement is necessary this week because The Tenth Planet is due out on DVD next Monday. The Tenth Planet, famously, has it's final episode missing..........