Going through my old collection of videos I remembered the year tapes series. I know there was no release for doctors 5 and 7 I was just wondering was any links recorded for these and if so do they still exist in the archives?
I remember them as well, and was very annoyed that they stopped; it was, back in the day, the only way to see the unreleased episodes. But as far as I can remember nothing has been released. (I await, with girded loins, for others to prove me wrong!)
Hypothesis: It is unlikely that any more missing Doctor Who will turn up after 40-50 years. There are, however, those who refute this claim and continually prove it wrong. Long may they continue!
The Cybermen -The Early Years tape actually pre-dates the Tomb recovery I think so it was an essential release during that time. Also it had clips from The Tenth Planet which were absolutely fascinating.A great release which also had an interview with Roy Skelton. Excellent.
The series of JNT's tapes dedicated to monsters and Doctors were all excellent.Great linking material and good selection of episodes to view.Would love to see them released and expanded on DVD.
Not sure that this would be feasible.
Certainly would be a formidable job to re-master the VHS material for DVD, because the technical quality of some of the material on the VHS was appalling. I'm thinking in particular of 'Cybermen - The Early Years', which included one especially bad film print of one of the episodes from 'Wheel in Space'.
The BBC later recovered a much better print of that episode, so starting from the material used for the VHS release would be inappropriate - and that episode may not be the only example. For instance, the Pertwee 'Years' tape included some episodes in b/w that have recently been restored to colour, so putting out b/w versions would be problematic to say the least.
If the perceived solution was to use episodes from the existing DVD, 'Lost in Time', probably the re-release of the 'Years' tapes would be a non-starter: all the episodes featured on those VHS releases are on the 'Lost in Time' DVD, or have been released on DVD as part of complete serials (i.e. all the Pertwee and Tom Baker episodes), so where is the market for re-releasing them as 'Years' productions?
Don't think I'd pay fifteen quid just to watch several hours of John Nathan Hyphen talking into camera about serials which he didn't work on, and hence knows nothing about.