Post by ianphillips on Jun 9, 2018 2:32:11 GMT
So we have confirmation that there are films in the hands of private collectors. We know that Phil Morris has been tracking down leads left and right - to success or not, we don’t know. But my question is, what next? Let’s advance ten years into the future. Phil Morris’ hunt has ended and he’s returned any missing material he’s found. He’s left no stone unturned. We’ll say the BBC has somehow acquired the x number of episodes held by the private collectors referenced in the recent interview. We’ll also say that one way or another we’ve resolved the Macra Terror New Zealand thing. For 50 years the missing episode fandom has held onto hope in the knowledge that stones were still unturned and that entire serials could be lying unseen in some dusty tv station, but following the end of Phil Morris’ hunt he’ll have pursued all of the leads and visited all the countries. He’ll have at least located the private collectors that hold missing episodes if the episodes themselves have not necessarily been returned. If no stone has been left unturned then what’s the next step? If there’s nothing left to find then what do we search for? Sure, there might be one or two additional episodes in places that slipped under the radar, but at that point it’s just luck. There’s no initiative to be taken that could possibly locate the lost episode of Marco Polo that Billy Joe’s uncle’s friend’s brother bought at a yard sale in 1983 that has been sitting in a cardboard box in the basement of an office building for fifteen years. We’d just have to hope that some dude happened to stumble across it and knew what it was. We can’t raid buildings for Doctor Who. I don’t mean to sound depressing, but the time where we can effectively search for missing episodes is coming quickly to an end, and we’re all going to have to face the hard truth that what we have on that day is most likely all we’ll ever have. So where do we go from there? When there are no more stones, how do we keep going forward, how do we keep up hope, or will we just whitter on here forever lamenting how things could have been different?