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Old March 14 2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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Early version of An Unearthly Child scripts found + others

SCRIPTS from never-seen episodes of Doctor Who have been found in Herne Bay.

Prop-maker Jason Onion unearthed them while researching the town's links with the series the brainchild of BBC head of drama Sydney Newman as part of a plan to build a Tardis to raise money for Children in Need.

Life-long Doctor Who fan Mr Onion initially didn't realise their significance and believed they were from the first four episodes, screened in 1963, written by Mr Coburn.

He said: "With the consent of Anthony's wife, Joan Coburn-Moon, and other family members, the family lent me a box of his work and I saw the scripts, but put them to one side. When I scanned the cover later I realised it didn't have the right title for the first episode.

"I had a look and as soon as I saw the first few pages I knew it was not the episode that had been televised. I just sat there, and stared and stared. I wanted to cover them with glass. They are unbelievably precious, and I had them in my hand."
The scripts were early drafts for the first episodes the collection includes two versions of the first episode and an alternative episode two, and another three scripts as well as the Masters of Luxor stories, which were replaced by the original Dalek serial.

Mr Coburn had rewritten them after he felt the background would not fit with the first four episodes.

Mr Onion said: "You can see that the template for the Daleks came from Anthony. You can see in these episodes a device to unlock Tardis, which became the sonic screwdriver, and the science and regeneration and renewal of the body, which were all created in Anthony's mind. This find completes the genesis of Doctor Who from Anthony Coburn's imagination. The drafts explain the mystery of Doctor Who, his origins, his people and all the background.

"It explains the Tardis's original name, the planet Doctor Who came from and that his granddaughter Susan in the programmes, but Suzanne in the scripts was a princess saved from another world.

"He created the cornerstones of Doctor Who that have been expanded and built on ever since. It was all devised in Herne Bay, and he should never have been forgotten like he has."
Very cool.
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