I often think about that guy in New Zealand who went down to the landfill site with his van and just rammed it full of films from TVNZ that were destined for landfill, one happening to be The Lion. He's likely the only member of the public that ever had the opportunity to pilfer some of these prints from the proverbial destruction pile. Who knows which of the missing episodes within that batch were within grabbing distance that day but evaded him? I know it would have been completely infeasible to go through the whole lot, or even most of it, but I can't help but feel that a few more episodes were saveable that day had someone who'd specifically been a DW fan been there. I know a lot of people here as well as me would love to go back in time to that day and be given the chance to ram a van full of prints. We're lucky we got one episode, but it's sad to think what could have possibly been.
I often think about that guy in New Zealand who went down to the landfill site with his van and just rammed it full of films from TVNZ that were destined for landfill, one happening to be The Lion. He's likely the only member of the public that ever had the opportunity to pilfer some of these prints from the proverbial destruction pile.
That kinda happened with me, though that wasn't for lost Doctor Who.
Aside from being a fan of Doctor Who, I am also an avid retro gamer, and back in 2011, I found a stack of Sega Mega Drive games behind a steel cage in a local landfill. One of the games had falled off the stack and somehow made it within arms reach at the bottom of the cage. I reached down to get it, and the guy at the landfill went nuts, telling me I couldn't do that.
After a while, he let me take the one I reached for (which turned out to be a pirate copy of another game, so it was a pointless endeavor anyway), but wouldn't let me see the games in the stack.
This made no sense to me, as their only purpose there was to be destroyed, and I was more than happy to take them home; after all, some of them could have been rare. Given that the one I salvaged was a bootleg, the idea that some of them were rare seems unlikely, but you never know.
Had this been the 70's, and the games been film cans, that day would have been a tragedy if the one I saved was a dupe copy of Web Planet or something, and the stack being copies of episodes from, say, Marco Polo, Power of the Daleks or Fury from the Deep...
This guy was lucky to get what he did, as are we that The Lion was there, but what if others tried it and weren't so lucky? Imagine the stories people have to tell... Doesn't bear thinking about, really.