Wiped Episode Discoveries

Discussion in 'Doctor Who' started by Allyn Gibson, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    ^So -- if any of this is true (not the political background, but the claim that there are recovered episodes and that the BBC would have to pay to get them back) -- we might have to wait a couple of years until the political heat dies down before the BBC could move forward on this?
     
  2. Nightowl1701

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    Sounds like what we need is a middleman (or woman) with deep pockets. An extremely rich DW fan willing to help Auntie Beeb save face by putting up the cash to reward Morris and facilitate the transfer/restoration without the BBC having to do it themselves.

    Wot's that? Her Majesty is a HUGE (and extremely rich) DW fan (esp. Eccleston), you say...?
     
  3. The Wormhole

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    Ian Levine probably could afford to pay Morris then turn over the goods to BBC. Hell, he could twist the story around to make him the heroic knight who saved Power of the Daleks or whatever. Kind of surprised he isn't trying this, would sure be more constructive than the mudslinging he's been doing.
     
  4. diankra

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    Christopher, I guess that once the charter renewal is out of the way the climate would be less sensitive, but assuming the renewal is on roughly the same terms as before (not some wholesale restructuring), then the same hurdles and same hostiles will still be there.

    However, the new DG is on the record as wanting to make BBC Worldwide more arms-length, for instance letting them make programmes solely for export sales and profit rather than only handling programmes which had been made for transmission on the BBC (actually, they have been distributing some programmes made by other stations before now, like Being Erica, but not actually making stuff themselves - I think the first one is going to be a new SF-ish series starring John Simm and created by some ex-X-Filers), so if that continues it might make it easier for them to put money up front for recoveries if they can get a profit in return from the DVD sales. Perhaps.

    Wormhole, Levene's still comfortable off, but not nearly as much as he was; I doubt he could find that much cash (certainly not if we're talking 90-odd episodes), if there's any truth to the scuttlebutt about what's being asked per episode has any truth (which is so ill-founded that I'd sooner not repeat it here without more back-up).


    What does strike me now about Allyn's link is that IF that's accurate, it sounds as if Morris might be ensuring that anything he's found is safely transferred from the films to digital media, regardless of whether they can be returned (and fully restored for release) now. Which would be nice, even if we have to wait to see it.
     
  5. Christopher

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    I'm confused by that statement, since BBC America has already produced a couple of original series, Copper and Orphan Black, which aired there and in Canada before eventually airing on the BBC. And BBC America is owned by BBC Worldwide, isn't it?
     
  6. diankra

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    I guess that BBC America making them would be the difference, will have to check the details -it was in interviews Tony Hall gave after taking over last year... also, Orphan Black, at least, was run on BBC3... could be that had to be in place before it went ahead, wheras the new approach would have let Worldwide make it without a UK BBC customer.
     
  7. Brendan Moody

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    As diankra says, I imagine there are different rules for different branches of the conglomerate. BBC America, which is indeed a Worldwide subsidiary, can and does purchase and broadcast original programming. But perhaps the segment of BBC Worldwide that produces and distributes programs rather than broadcasting them is only allowed to put money into material that will air on BBC networks in the UK. Compare the distinction between American television networks and their associated but technically separate studios, which sometimes arrange cross-conglomerate properties like the first seven seasons of Scrubs.

    While I think it's entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that Phil Morris holds or knows of the existence of more Doctor Who episodes and has yet to return them to the BBC for whatever reason, most of the claims made by "sources" these days reek of attempts to justify bad information they got in the past.
     
  8. Christopher

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    Yes, I know, but that was the better part of a year after it aired in America and Canada. It used to be that all of BBC America's shows were reruns of shows that had originated on the BBC, but it was the other way around with OB (and Copper, I assume).
     
  9. diankra

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    Yes, understand. Will have to check the details but as I understand it, any original BBC programming has to be made available on free-to-air channels in the UK at some point under the current rules, and Hall wants to give Worldwide the freedom to make stuff even if it never gets a UK BBC screening,so long as itmakes a profit that can be invested in stuff that is run on UK/BBC. A subtle legalistic change, but a significant one.
    Obviously there must be some wriggle room already, as Worldwide has always made intros and intro programmes that weren't run in the UK. And of course BBC America is by definition not available on Freeview in the UK despite being a BBC brand channel.
     
  10. Mr Awe

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    Between Allyn's link and diankra's comments, interesting food for thought. However, the big question is:

    • Is that line of thought and the missing episodes real? or
    • Is it simply wishful thinking, an attempt to explain away the lack of an announcement?
    Unfortunately, I don't think we're any closer to an answer. But, it's interesting to hear what the other potential issues are.

    Mr Awe
     
  11. Allyn Gibson

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    Right now, to be honest, I'm leaning toward the latter -- wishful thinking to explain the lack of an announcement.

    I posted the link, not because I believe Eddie's grand unified theory, but because I thought it was interesting fodder for thought and discussion. :)
     
  12. The Wormhole

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    I really don't believe there are any missing episodes, and don't care either. This thread is just so much fun is the only reason I bother with it as much as I do.
     
  13. Mr Awe

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    That's my leaning as well. There's hasn't been an announcement, so let's find a set of circumstances that both fits known facts and yet allows for a huge haul of missing episodes.

    I hope there are lots of missing episodes, but not getting my hopes up, at least trying not to!

    And, thanks for posting it. It was good food for thought and discussion!

    Mr Awe
     
  14. Mr Awe

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    For myself, I do care. I've been a classic Who fan for about 25 years and have wanted to see these episodes for a long time. So, I really hope they have been found.

    I absolutely loved seeing Web of Fear and Enemy of the World. Hopefully, there are more, but at the very least, those 2 were fantastic.

    Mr Awe
     
  15. Relayer1

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    Oh, there certainly are episodes missing...

    ;)
     
  16. Mr Awe

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  17. Lonemagpie

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    Well, six months...

    Season 2 is following about three weeks after the US airings this year.
     
  18. Allyn Gibson

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    Did Copper ever get shown in the UK?
     
  19. Pindar

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    I don't think so, it's an Amazon original supposedly in the uk.
     
  20. Lonemagpie

    Lonemagpie Writer Admiral

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    It's exclusive to Amazon/Lovefilm so far. Given that it's already been cancelled, I doubt it'll get a UK airing, but I'd expect a DVD release.