Duplicate DW Prints in Australia - Is this proof? Jul 20, 2019 11:55:56 GMT
Post by Ed Brown on Jul 20, 2019 11:55:56 GMT
It seems probable, perhaps only to me(?), that any film collector who happened upon an orphan print of a Dalek episode would want to keep it.
I can well understand that if you only had a middle episode of a dull serial, like 'Galaxy 4', you might let it go to a car boot sale, because a middle ep with no beginning or end to the story might seem even more dull than the complete serial (since a lone episode is completely without any context). But a Dalek episode might seem interesting in itself. Even an orphan episode.
Chances are, a film buff would hang onto any interesting items, so that the only random episodes that turn up are from 'Underwater Menace' or 'The Crusade'. These serials seem interesting to us, but really, one odd episode of a story that has no end, and no exciting Monster, could "escape" back into circulation. But a Dalek episode? Never!
The fact that orphan prints of Dalek and Cyber serials don't turn up is that such a print is interesting in itself, to a film fan. It doesn't mean those prints don't exist, it is a consequence of the inherent interest in those monsters. We believe that the Yeti are sufficiently popular for someone to steal the print of Web 3 at a Nigerian tv station in 2013, so why would we not believe that a print of a Dalek story would be equally sought-after.
By their very nature, these are items that won't be wandering round the car-boot circuit.
The point about Australia is, of course, that ABC were forced by geography to strike duplicate prints if they wanted to air any episode in more than one state at a time, in the old days, so there were lots more opportunities for prints to go walkabout. ABC in Port Moresby, ABC in Darwin, in Perth, in Sydney, in ACT/Canberra: all these places were wide open to staff who wanted a souvenir, whenever the ABC wanted to have a clear-out of contract-expired items. It's not theft, where it's been thrown away.