There’s been an odd amount of Doctor Who related news today.
A British improv show had a sketch on things you’ll never hear on the show.
There was some Who related discussion at a British evening program Newsnight on Neil Gaiman, Apparently he’s Harvey Weinstein’s favorite writer.
Rich Johnston has heard an interesting rumor about the old episodes. The best possible rumor. Apparently confirmed by a well-connected source. He’s a bad man if this turns out to be untrue.
What I’ve been hearing, and some of it is attributed to an eccentric engineer who worked for broadcasters across Africa with a taste for science fiction and a habit of taking things for “safe keeping”, is that the BBC have secured a large number of presumed-wiped episodes of early Doctor Who.
And there are lots. Lots and lots. Completed serials that we’ve only had incomplete before, full series that nothing existed of. Not everything. But heaps and heaps. Possibly even The Full Hartnell.
And come November, or before, we’ll get to see them.
Now promises of this kind have been made many times before. Sometimes they’ve come true, sometimes they have now. But I’m told to expect, among others, a full Evil Of The Daleks from 1967. Up till now, the BBC only had the second of seven episodes, after that film was found in a car boot sale.
Patrick Troughton’s probably my second-favorite of the classic Doctors, so the possibility of seeing one of his Dalek stories in its entirety is quite exciting.