i've often wondered whether if we knew how some of the recovered episodes came to survive, it may lead to other finds of the "random" kind! if you discount those returned from foreign tv stations and situations where the trail is well documented, it leaves (i would say)
abominable snowmen 2 reign of terror 6 daleks masterplan 5, 10 faceless ones 3 evil 2 wheel 3 (even moonbase 2 and 4 - were these specifically "saved" by the bbc?)
we all know the stories of how these were returned - but does anyone know anything about the "trail" from the bbc to the collector, car boot, church etc!?? Is it possible these are rogue episodes from larger selections that went missing instead of being junked?
Post by Fatso the wombat on Dec 5, 2004 17:48:59 GMT
The two Daleks Masterplan episodes were housed in a building which was used as a store by the BBC at some point. They sold the building, which was converted into a church. It was found that they had left by mistake a pile of films somewhere in this building, and they were returned.
IIRC, Evil 2 & Faceless Ones 3 were bought at a car boot sale.
I was just thinking that there might be a possible way that a member should look into the past, and present homes of the BBC. I mean look at the Masterplan find in the converted BBC Mormon church. These are weird finds but you might just want to contact someone on this matter. Also A possible area you might want to look into is to find a list of the people who were involved directly and indirectly in the episode cleanout at the variuous BBC archives. Again look at the Day of Armageddon find from a man who worked to clean out the archives. The other two people who posted replies on this thread said to look in weird places, this might be a good place to start. Like that Armageddon finder another couple of workers might of decided to take a episode or two home for enjoyment, such popular stories might of caught thier eye. This might be a possible search idea, and could pay off in the long run. Please will a member reply back to this soon.
Off-topic, but I was wondering, would the ex-employees who stole (saved!) film cans during the junking era be in any kind of trouble if they came forward now or would they simply be seen as heroes for saving the material?
Has anyone given any thought to the idea of posting large wanted adds in prominent British, Australian, and New Zealand newspapers of the search for missing episodes, and the BBC's amnesty policy. Maybe we could even get the BBC to offer a reward of sorts to anyone who turns in missing footage. Or to contact the BBC and request a list of all of thier past homes and various storage facilites and do a extensive search in unlikely places for episodes that may of survived all these years. Or to contact colleges and elementary schools in those countries and see if they had by chance kept some film episodes that they used to show to the children, who knows some of those schools may have some episodes of Doctor Who laying in a broom closet somewhere just waiting to be found. Any thoughts?