Christmas has indeed come early this year. Well done and thank you to all those involved in the recovery. Can we get the number down below 100???? This is just the sort of news to spur each other on. Talk to anyone and lets see what we can do. I can't wait to see them.
Good luck to everyone involved in the search in 2012. Splendid chaps (and chapesses) all of you
It turns out a film collector had these all these years, showed them to some friends in the 80's, and all were none the wiser these were missing.
Interestingly enough, part three of Underwater Menace was an Australian print ... this means it was censored, but apparently all the censored bits existed prior to the recovery ... so one can expect the Restoration Team to match these back together.
The really exciting find for me is Galaxy 4. I have always wanted to see this story but until now had to make do with the Loose Cannon recon ... now we have a full episode to go with it.
What would be even more delightful would be a box set of The Crusade and Galaxy 4 with the five missing episodes animated and a box set of The Underwater Menace and The Moonbase with the four missing episodes animated.
Three of these four stories have no more missing footage than The Reign of Terror (two episodes each). Galaxy 4 is still missing three full episodes, but we have about 8 minutes of the first episode to use as a guide, which would mean that making an animated version of that episode would be easier.
Also, there are telesnaps for the Underwater Menace and Moonbase episodes that would be helpful. This was not the case for animating missing episodes of The Invasion and The Reign of Terror.
Lastly, there would obviously be visual references for the end of Galaxy 4 episode 2 and the start of Galaxy 4 episode 4 and the other beginnings and endings of neighboring episodes. This is not the case for stories that are missing in full.
The only other stories with just one, two, or three missing episodes are Mission to the Unknown (1, but a special case given that it links with The Daleks' Masterplan), The Tenth Planet (1), The Ice Warriors (2), and The Celestial Toymaker (3). All others have four or more missing segments, so it would be a bigger job to fill in the gaps with animation.
What is also nice is that these two Troughton stories are in direct sequence and that these two Hartnell stories are also near to one another in the story sequence and have a full run of existing episodes between them. Thus, filling in the gaps with animation would allow for more than one story to be viewed in broadcast sequence.
This is just brilliant news. It still puzzles me when they say oh wiped. i strongly suggest and always will say that someone knew that footage was going to be wiped and so someone smuggled out lost of stuff not just doctor who.The hunt continues and maybe ther are so many other film collectors that do have other episodes as suspected.well done to all and to the guy who kept them and returned them for all thank you so much.