The Doctors: The Pat Troughton YearsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Koch Media have released the second in their collection of interviews from Reeltime Pictures with stars from Doctor Who, this time focussing on the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton's era.

The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years (Credit: Koch Media)The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years
Produced by Keith Barnfather (order from Amazon)

A new double-DVD release in the highly regarded series exploring the world of TV’s Doctor Who in what will build into a complete work on The Doctors.

This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who to life, offering a whole new insight into the making of the classic science fiction series.

  • Includes a special tribute to PATRICK TROUGHTON containing messages from a host of stars and production staff from DOCTOR WHO.
  • Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.
  • Quality in-depth interviews with, Anneke Wills (Polly), Michael Craze (Ben), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Deborah Watling (Victoria) and Wendy Padbury (Zoe).
  • This 2 DISC special collectors edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of Doctor Who.
  • Includes special feature: Introduction by Nicholas Briggs & Producer Keith Barnfather.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years courtesy of Koch Media, simply answer the following question:
Which of the second Doctor's companions travelled with him for the longest time?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-kochmedia@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Oh my word!". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 30th June 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.





Fifty Years of Patrick TroughtonBookmark and Share

Saturday, 5 November 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Patrick TroughtonMoments in TimeIt was fifty years ago today, on Saturday 5th November 1966, that we welcomed Patrick Troughton to the role of The Doctor.

The signing of Patrick Troughton was a major coup for the production team. At the time he was one of the best-known actors on British Television, having worked in the medium ever since it restarted after the second World War.

Troughton was born in North London in 1920, the son of a solicitor. His first acting role was at Mill Hill school, later attending the Embassy School of Acting studying under Eileen Thorndike. He won a scholarship to the Leighton Rallius Studios at the John Drew Memorial Theatre on Long Island in New York City.

His acting career was interrupted by war and the ship returning him to England sunk after hitting a mine in the English channel, forcing him to escape by lifeboat. Not put off by the sea he joined the Royal Navy serving with Royal Naval Reserve, earning the 1939-45 Star and the Atlantic Star as well as being mentioned in dispatches.
I was given my own command and sent to Great Yarmouth. I spent the rest of the war picking Americans up out of the drink. It was lovely having your own boat
Troughton made his Television debut in 1947, playing the young Thomas Culpepper in the play The Rose Without a Thorn, a production which starred Richard Hurndall, another actor who would inherit the role of the First Doctor. He found himself particularly suited to Television, where all drama was transmitted live. He relished the large audience the medium could reach, and the majority of his career would now focus on Television and to a lesser extent movies.

He was prolific in the medium appearing The Invisible Man, The Old Curiosity Shop, Kidnapped, The Count of Monte Cristo, Ivanhoe, Dial 999, Danger Man, Maigret, Compact, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Third Man, Crane, Detective, Sherlock Holmes, No Hiding Place, The Saint, Armchair Theatre, The Wednesday Play, Z-Cars, Adam Adamant Lives!, A Tale of Two Cities, Smuggler's Bay, The Splendid Spur, The Naked Lady, The Scarf, The Rebel Heiress, Benbow and the Angels, Clementina, The Royalty and Softly, Softly. In 1953 he became Television's first Robin Hood, becoming a tea-time favorite for the nation's children and in 1960 made a huge impression on Sunday afternoons as Paul of Tarsus.

Dispite his huge body of work, Troughton was not the only choice, or indeed the first choice to take over from Hartnell. Brian Blessed, fresh from a leading role in police drama Z-Cars was offered the role, but declined because of scheduling conflicts. Rupert Davies, Valentine Dyall and Michael Hordern were all approached but none wanted to commit to a long-running series.

Troughton was offered the role in June 1966, while working on the Hammer film The Viking Queen. He had doubts about accepting. He himself was a fan of Doctor Who, and had watched every single Hartnell episode. But he thought the series had probably run its course.
I didn't think it was a particularly good idea of the BBC to replace Billy. I didn't see how anyone could follow him. I thought the difficulties of selling it to the audience, apart from selling it to poor Ben and Polly, were enormous, almost insurmountable.
Troughton was eventually persuaded to take the role and signed the contract for 22 episodes on 2nd August. He initially had the idea of playing the character in heavy make-up, in order to prevent being type-cast, but the look eventually settled on was that of the cosmic hobo.
We went up to Bermans, the costumiers, and we just looked through all the old rubbish really. We just got things out of hampers and had a look.
The characterisation was worked out between Troughton and script editor Gerry Davis, who explained.
I thought it would be interesting to have a character who never quite says what he means, who, really, uses the intelligence of the people he is with. He knows the answer all the time; if he suggests something he knows the outcome. He is watching, he's really directing, but he doesn't want to show he is directing.
Troughton would hold the role for three years. His success would guarantee the series longevity, and Troughtons place in the Television hall of fame.
Sources: Doctor Who Magazine No 78 (1983) Interview by Richard Landen: Fantasy Empire (1986) Interview with John Peel: Interview PanoptiCon VI (1985)The Handbook; The Handbook: The First Doctor – The William Hartnell Years: 1963-1966, David J Howe, Mark Stammers, Stephen James Walker (Doctor Who Books, 1994)




The Underwater Menace: North American Release UpdateBookmark and Share

Friday, 4 December 2015 - Reported by Dan Collins
The Underwater Menace (Credit: BBC)In a previous article Doctor Who News reported that The Underwater Menace would be getting a January 19, 2016 release date in North America. At the time BBC Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video, the North American distrubutor for Doctor Who, hadn't confirmed a release date. Tvshowsondvd.com is now reporting that Amazon.com has updated The Underwater Menace page to show a March 1, 2016 release. No official confirmation has been received from the BBC or Warner Home Video so all release dates will be considered tentative.




Photograph of the complete Web of Fear and Enemy of the World film cans releasedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 11 October 2015 - Reported by Pascal Salzmann
Philip Morris of Television International Enterprises Archives (TIEA), who returned nine previously missing episodes of Doctor Who to the BBC Archives in 2013, recently revealed that he had found all episodes of The Web of Fear back then. Episode 3, featuring the first appearance of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, went missing again shortly after the discovery, presumably stolen and sold to a private collector.

The Doctor Who Missing Episodes Discussion Group on Facebook has now been given a photo of all 12 film cans found in Africa. They posted the picture on the Facebook group with permission by Philip Morris. On the photo you can see the production code PP (The Enemy of the World) written on the side of one of the cans, the further eleven cans are also part of that serial and of the following story The Web of Fear (Code QQ). Among them is the now once again missing episode 3 of the classic "Yeti's in the Underground"-story.

The following statement was released on Facebook:
On the second anniversary of the release of the newly-recovered and restored “Enemy Of The World” and “Web Of Fear”, Philip Morris, Executive Director of TIEA has authorized us (The Doctor Who Missing Episodes Group on Facebook) to release this photograph of the twelve film cans which he originally discovered in Jos, Nigeria.

This photo was taken immediately after Phil had discovered the film cans and verified that the film reels inside matched what was on the labels.

As you are no doubt aware, one of these film cans - the one containing Episode 3 of “The Web Of Fear” – went missing in between when this photo was taken (in late 2011) and when the cans were delivered to the central collection point in Abuja, Nigeria. The location and disposition of this film can and its contents is currently unknown.

Film Cans found in Jos, Africa (Credit: Doctor Who Missing Episodes Discussion Group & TIEA Ltd)

Philip Morris put out the following statement:
The picture you see is one I took after checking the 12 Doctor Who film cans in Jos in 2011. All film leaders were checked to ensure cans matched their contents, this is a practice we follow in fine detail with due care shown. All programmes held at this station were physically checked by myself and my own team. No undue attention was drawn to the Doctor Who prints by myself or any of my staff, however I instructed one of my trusted team to ensure the Doctor Who prints were hidden until authorisation for retrieval could be obtained.

However two prints, one QQ3 Web of Fear 3 and another spare print were taken from one of my guys by a guy at the station who took the two prints to his office. This was reported to me within hours. I was not unduly concerned I knew their location. I have to admit I was really excited and told somebody I thought would not leak any sensitive information - big big mistake. Within 4/5 days the station had been named online. Fortunately by this time our job was done, however what of Web 3? I physically searched Jos again, asked the guy who took the films where they were. Initially he denied all knowledge until I produced the picture-he just looked at the floor and said he put them back on the shelf.

I didn't believe a word, and took the pictures and with one of my collegues and went straight to the top of the NTA, however the guy simply denied it. That is until earlier this year when I returned to Nigeria. I met the same guy again so I asked him directly - he just laughed and said "I don't know anything about missing episodes."
I firmly believe this episode is in the hands of a fan and we will trace it. I hope this goes someway to explain why I must maintain a certain level of security around TIEA and its work.
Thanks to the Doctor Who Missing Episodes Group and to Philip Morris for the kind permission to publish the picture on DWN.








The Underwater MenaceBookmark and Share

Monday, 5 October 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide have now confirmed the details for the forthcoming release of The Underwater Menace on DVD, due on the 26th October 2015:

The Underwater Menace
Release date: 26 Oct 2015 UK (available for pre-order)

The Underwater Menace - DVD cover (Credit: BBC Worldwide)Starring Patrick Troughton as Doctor Who, with Michael Craze as Ben Jackson, Anneke Wills as Polly, and Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon
Written by Geoffrey Orme
Directed by Julia Smith

Broadcast: 14 Jan - 4 Feb 1967

The TARDIS lands in the lost city of Atlantis, where the crazed Professor Zaroff has convinced the Atlanteans that he can raise their city from beneath the sea. But the Doctor discovers the terrible truth behind Zaroff’s plan – he intends to destroy the entire planet. With the doomsday clock ticking, the Doctor and his companions must battle to prevent the apocalypse...


The Underwater Menace is the fifth serial of the fourth season, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 14 January 1967 to 4 February 1967. The story introduces Jamie McCrimmon's (Frazer Hines) on his first journey with the Doctor as a travelling companion. This special release will contain the two re-mastered existing episodes, with the two missing episodes represented with restored audio and surviving stills, as well as over an hour of extras.

Special Features:
  • Commentary - For episode 1, Interview with actor Michael Troughton Part 2 (from The Ice Warriors). For episodes 2 and 3, a commentary with actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Catherine Howe, special sounds supervisor Brian Hodgson and floor assistant Quentin Mann. For episode 4, archive material featuring Patrick Troughton, directors Julia Smith and Hugh David, and producer Innes Lloyd. Moderated and linked by Toby Hadoke.
  • A Fishy Tale (Feature, dur. 28’ 30”) – cast and crew look back on the making of the story. With actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Catherine Howe, AFM Gareth Gwenlan, production assistant Berry Butler and new series writer Robert Shearman. Narrated by Peter Davison.
  • The Television Centre of the Universe – Part Two (dur. 32’ 10” ) – Yvette Fielding continues her tour of BBC Television Centre in the company of actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Mark Strickson, with contributions from former colleagues along the way. With senior camera supervisor Alec Wheal, AFM Sue Hedden, former BBC producer and writer Richard Marson, exhibitions assistant Bob Richardson, production assistant Jane Ashford and videotape engineer Simon Anthony.






The Underwater Menace to be released on DVDBookmark and Share

Thursday, 3 September 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
BBC Worldwide are to release The Underwater Menace on DVD, just two months after it was revealed that plans to release the story were cancelled. The DVD is listed on BBCShop.com with a UK release date set for 26th October 2015. Other regions are still to be confirmed.

Details of the release will be revealed by BBC Worldwide in the next few weeks. Anneke Wills, who played second Doctor companion Polly, has revealed on her website that she will be signing copies of the DVD, which can be ordered here. Her website also lists some of the contents on the DVD:
Fully remastered Episodes 2 and 3.
Commentary on Episodes 2 and 3: a traditional commentary with actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines, Brian Hodgson, Catherine Howe, and Quentin Mann moderated by Toby Hadoke.
“Fishy Tales” – making of documentary
Tales of TV Centre – part 2
Programme subtitles.
Subtitle Production Notes.

*Extras TBC




The Moonbase DVD DetailsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 - Reported by Connor Johnston
BBC Worldwide have released the artwork, trailer and details for the forthcoming DVD of the second Doctor story The Moonbase, which is due for release in the United Kingdom early January next year.

The DVD was originally due to be released this October, with animated versions of episodes 1 and 3. However, this was later put on hold to allow further work on the animation to be completed.

Starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, Michael Craze as Ben, Anneke Wills as Polly, Frazer Hines as Jamie and guest-starring Patrick Barr, Andre Maranne and Michael Wolf, The Moonbase was originally screened in February and March 1967, and with episodes 1 and 3 animated it will become the earliest complete Troughton story available on DVD.
In 2070 the Doctor and his travelling companions Jamie (Frazer Hines), Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) arrive on the Moon and set out to visit the Moonbase, a manned structure used to control the Earth's weather through a device known as the Gravitron. All is not well on the Moonbase, however, with many of its crew suffering from a mysterious virus.
Special features on the DVD include:
  • Fully remastered Episodes 2 and 4.
  • Newly animated Episodes 1 and 3, with original off-screen soundtrack recordings.
  • Commentary on Episodes 2 and 4: a traditional commentary with actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Edward Phillips and Special Sounds creator Brian Hodgson.
  • On Episodes 1 and 3, a series of interviews featuring writer Kit Pedler's daughters Lucy Pedler and Carol Topolski, archive interviews with producer Innes Lloyd, assistant floor manager Lovett Bickford, and Cyberman actors Barry Noble, Derek Chaffer and Reg Whitehead. Moderated and linked by Toby Hadoke.
  • Lunar Landing – Cast and crew look back on the making of the story. With actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Reg Whitehead, plus production assistant Desmond McCarthy.
  • Photo Gallery – Production, design and publicity photos from the story.
  • Coming Soon – A trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
  • Radio Times listings.
  • Programme subtitles.
  • Subtitle production notes.

The DVD is available to order at amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.




Doctor Who and Torchwood items at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia AuctionBookmark and Share

Friday, 13 December 2013 - Compiled by Chuck Foster and John Bowman
A wide variety of items from Doctor Who and Torchwood are to be auctioned in London next week. Bonhams' entertainment memorabilia sale will be held at its Knightsbridge auction venue on Wednesday 18th December, starting at midday, with viewings taking place every day from Sunday 15th December up to the sale.

Out of the 417 lots in the sale, 55 relate to the two series, with items ranging from scripts and artwork to costumes, props, and a signed postcard from Patrick Troughton while he was the Doctor.

Lot 147: Captain Jack Harkness, a collection of part costumes

Television Memorabilia: Torchwood: John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, a collection of part costumes, 2006-2009, comprising a full-length RAF blue Great Coat, double-breasted with domed gilt RAF-style buttons with raised wings and crown motif and Group Captain epaulettes, shortened for running scenes, labelled in the inside jacket pocket Angels, handwritten in blue ink John Barrowman, May '07, with attached BBC stocknumber; together with from unknown episodes, four pairs varying style grey wool trousers, four navy blue Ralph Lauren Polo Sport t-shirts, four cotton shirts, in varying blue and navy weaves (13)
Lot 168: A Taran Wood Beast Costume

Television Memorabilia: Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara - A Taran Wood Beast costume, November - December 1978, comprising: a mask in the formed as scaled face, protruding eyes and teeth, of synthetic fur, papier-mache, foam, latex, plastic and polystyrene, with tieing straps, with body/ jump suit, of synthetic fur effect fabric, and foam, with detachable section to reverse, with padded hands, and attached claws, house on a wicker mannequin, together with a reproduction image featuring the piece, head width approximately 20 inches (51cm)
Lot 173: Original handwritten postcard addressed to Henry Soskin from Patrick Troughton

Television Memorabilia: Doctor Who / Patrick Troughton: An original handwritten postcard addressed to Henry Soskin (Henry Lincoln) from Patrick Troughton regarding his authorship, circa 1968, believed to relate to The Web of Fear, in blue ink 'Dear Henry, Sooper (sic) Script specially (sic) No.6. Very Happy. Thank You. Do Some More Please. Please. Pat. T.

SALEROOM NOTICES: Please note: From information provided by the vendor, this lot relates to the episode Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowman not The Web of Fear as stated in the catalogue.
Lot 179: The Web of Fear - an original Yeti homing device prop

Television Memorabilia: Doctor Who/Patrick Troughton - The Web of Fear - An original Yeti homing device prop,
1968
, the hollow figure of stained mix media resin, on base, together with a reproduction image featuring the piece, height 4¾ inches (11.5cm)

FOOTNOTES: Provenance: From the Estate of Bob Slatford, BBC Visual Effects Department between 1986-1974. Working alongside Jack Kine and Bernard Wilkie.

Full list of related auction items


Torchwood:
LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
127Collection of part costumes worn by John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in Series 3350-550
128Model flayed corpse250-350
129Pair of prosthetic Weevil masks300-500
130Collection of prosthetic corpse body parts and torsos300-500
131Costume for Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper in Sleeper250-300
132Collection of part costumes worn by John Barrowman in Series 2350-550
133Collection of part costumes worn by Kai Owen as Rhys Williams in Series 2300-500
134Collection of part costumes worn by Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones in Series 2400-500
135Costume worn by Eve Myles in A Day In The Death250-300
136Three-piece part costume worn by Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones in Dead Man Walking250-350
137Two part costumes worn by Demetri Goritsas as Franklin and Ethan Brooke as Gray in Adam300-500
138Costume worn by Eve Myles in Meat300-500
139Assorted props including severed head300-500
140Various costume parts worn by Naoki Mori as Toshiko400-600
141Collection of costume parts for Eve Myles in Out of Time250-350
142Part costume worn by John Barrowman in They Keep Killing Suzie400-600
143Collection of costumes worn by Eve Myles300-500
144Costume worn by Eve Myles in Countrycide300-500
145Two part costumes worn by Eve Myles in Ghost Machine250-350
146Collection of part costumes worn by Burn Gorman as Owen Harper300-500
147Collection of part costumes worn by John Barrowman, including RAF blue great coat700-900
148Costume worn by Eve Myles in End of Days250-300
149Collection of part costumes worn by John Barrowman, including 'Belstaff' beige bomber jacket400-600
150Collection of part costumes worn by John Barrowman, including RAF blue great coat600-800
Doctor Who:
LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
151Helmet-less Cyberman from Silver Nemesis1000-1500
152Destroyed Dalek, believed to be from Remembrance of the Daleks4500-5000
153Studio floor plan from The Trial of a Time Lord, plus assorted photos100-150
154Sharaz Jek head cowl from The Caves of Androzani700-900
155Rehearsal scripts for "Planet of Fear" (aka Planet of Fire)200-300
156Scripts and related material from Snakedance350-450
157Neman and Katura costume designs from The Keeper of Traken800-1200
158Seron and Tremas costume designs from The Keeper of Traken800-1200
159Varsh's dagger from Full Circle300-500
160Scripts and other material from Castrovalva300-400
161Original artwork for Doctor Who Annual 1980 (Reluctant Warriors)600-800
162Original artwork for Doctor Who Annual 1980 (Reluctant Warriors)600-800
163Original artwork for Doctor Who Annual 1979 (The Power)1000-1200
164Original artwork for Dalek Annual 1978 (The Castaway)500-600
165Original artwork for Dalek Annual 1978 (Davros - Genius or Madman?)500-700
166Original artwork for Dalek Annual 1978 (The Castaway)500-600
167Original artwork for Doctor Who Annual 1977 (The Body Snatcher)1000-1200
168The Taran Wood Beast costume from The Androids of Tara1500-2000
169Dove Pan magic trick prop from The Talons of Weng-Chiang700-900
170Set of four camera scripts for The Time Warrior1000-1500
171Camera script/shooting schedule for episode 3 of The Curse of Peladon250-300
172Rehearsal scripts for episode 1, 2 and 5 of Doctor Who and The Dominators1200-1800
173Postcard to Henry Soskin (Lincoln) from Patrick Troughton500-800
174Camera scripts for episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 of The Web of Fear2500-3500
175Carbon copy letter from Henry Lincoln to Mervyn Haisman about The Abominable Snowmen, plus script pages250-350
176Rehearsal scripts for episodes 1-5 of The Web of Fear2500-3000
177Draft scripts for episodes 1-6 of The Abominable Snowmen, hand annotated by Henry Lincoln4000-6000
178Rehearsal scripts for episodes 1-6 of The Abominable Snowmen3000-5000
179Original Yeti homing device prop from The Web of Fear2000-3000
180Original TARDIS prop model (1960s)2000-3000
181Original hollow Yeti homing device prop from The Web of Fear2000-3000

It should be noted that some lots are subject to shipping and handling restrictions.




Nine Troughton episodes recoveredBookmark and Share

Friday, 11 October 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
From left: Ralph Watson as Captain Knight, Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, and Nicholas Courtney as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart in The Web of Fear. (Credit: BBC Worldwide)Nine episodes from the fifth season of Doctor Who and starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor have been recovered from Nigeria, having been feared gone forever, the BBC announced today.

The previously missing, presumed destroyed episodes hail from The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear, with episodes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 of Enemy completing that particular story and the return of episodes 2, 4, 5, and 6 of Web meaning only episode 3 of the Yeti sequel is still missing. Episode 3 of Enemy and episode 1 of Web were also returned, but were already held in the archive.

The recovery now brings the total number of missing episodes down to 97 and is the biggest single find in decades.

They - and the relevant stories' already-surviving episodes - had originally gone to Hong Kong but had been "bicycled" on and were discovered at a TV relay station in the city of Jos by Philip Morris, executive director of Television International Enterprises Archives (TIEA), who tracked records of overseas shipments made by the BBC containing tapes for transmission.

All the episodes - including a reconstructed episode 3 of Web - have been remastered and are available to buy via download as of now from iTunes by people in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany. The third episode of Web has been reconstructed by the BBC Doctor Who Restoration Team, using a selection of the 37 images that were available from the episode, along with the original audio, which has been restored.

In addition, The Enemy of the World will be available to buy on DVD from Friday 22nd November at the Doctor Who Celebration. It will then go on sale to the general public on Monday 25th November, with The Web of Fear to follow in early 2014.

It is unknown exactly when the episodes were found, but in a BBC press release statement, Morris said:
The tapes had been gathering dust in a store room at a television relay in Nigeria. I remember wiping the dust off the masking tape on the canisters and my heart missed a beat as I saw the words "Doctor Who". When I read the story code, I realised I'd found something pretty special.
Doctor Who News was at the press conference held yesterday in central London to announce the finds, where Deborah Watling, Frazer Hines, and Mark Gatiss were the special guests and screenings of episode 1 of Enemy and episode 2 of Web took place to rapturous applause.

Speaking about the recoveries, Hines told Doctor Who News:
For me, it's so exciting. We had Underwater Menace part two but the finds were in dribs and drabs. I'm so chuffed that we've got practically two complete stories. And I haven't seen these since they went out!
At the press conference, Dan Phelan, head of communication for BBC Worldwide, commented on the recent rife speculation, calling it "some 'almost' well-informed, some very wide of the mark." He also told Doctor Who News:
We wanted to get the episodes available as soon as we possibly could, but they needed to be verified and cleaned and restored and it takes time to do that.
A statement from Morris was then read out by Roy Robinson, archive co-ordinator at TIEA, part of which was as follows:
I would like to thank everybody at BBC Worldwide and BBC Television for their mammoth support during this project. It is my greatest pleasure in the 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who, in a joint project between my company TIEA and BBC Worldwide, to unveil two classic adventures.

Sadly, due to other archive commitments overseas, I am unable to be with you today. My work is endless and, as you know, the search must continue.

I would like to dedicate these episodes to everyone who has ever worked on the show and to all Doctor Who fans around the world. I have the Doctor Who fans' best interests at heart. On behalf of myself and everyone at TIEA, thank you for your continued interest, and I hope our paths will soon cross again.
A filmed interview with Morris was also shown, in which he said they had been very lucky because the episodes had been kept in optimum condition. He also praised the restoration, recovery, and archive work done by the BBC.

The screening of the second episode of The Web of Fear was introduced by Gatiss, who said:
As long as I've been a Doctor Who fan - and that's a very long time - there's been one story that I hoped, prayed, begged would one day turn up from the 106 episodes that are tragically missing from the archives.

Now, thanks to the astonishing endeavour of Philip Morris and TIEA, hunting Indiana Jones-like through dusty archives around the world and risking his neck, I'm over the moon to annnounce that not only is the number of missing episodes down to 97 but also amongst them is The Web of Fear - I'm going to say that again: The Web of Fear! Yeti! On the London Underground! Patrick Troughton! This is perhaps the quintessential Doctor Who story. A fantastic monster, a claustrophobic, iconic setting and, best of all, one of the very greatest Doctors at the height of his powers.
Watling's father, Jack, played Professor Travers in both Yeti stories, and during the question-and-answer panel, she commented on seeing her father again on the screen by simply saying: "That's brilliant!" She also added how Troughton had been like another father and another uncle to her.

Hines praised "the set boys" on The Web of Fear, saying they deserved a BAFTA and commenting that it was so realistic he thought the train lines would be live. He also recalled how Watling teased Troughton as he attempted a South American accent for Salamander in The Enemy of the World, saying that it sounded Welsh, which caused Troughton to slink away somewhat deflated!

Watling said about the episode discoveries:
When I first heard it, I couldn't quite believe it. I just thought it was another hoax and it won't be me.
But when it was finally confirmed:
I thought 'My God! I'll be back on the screen again. I'm thrilled!
Hines added:
This now gives me hope more stories of Pat's will come out of the woodwork.
Stories Hines said he would most like to see returned were The Evil of the Daleks and The Space Pirates (because of the model work), while Watling cited Fury From The Deep, and Gatiss named The Power of the Daleks and The Daleks' Master Plan as his choice candidates for recovery.

In the press statement, Fiona Eastwood, director of consumer products for BBC Worldwide, commented:
We are thrilled with the recent discovery of The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World and we're very happy to be launching remastered versions of these treasured episodes to fans as we celebrate the 50th year of Doctor Who.




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Doctor Who StoryBundle - Pay What You Want OfferBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 7 August 2013 - Reported by Marcus
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, StoryBundle is offering a specially curated set of six full length e-books featuring episode guides, producer autobiographies, coming-of-age stories and recipe books themed around Doctor Who.
StoryBundle is a platform for indie authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog.

Buyers pay what they like, subject to a minimum fee of $3.

The initial titles in The (Unofficial) Doctor Who Bundle are:
  • Dalek I Loved You: 50th Anniversary Edition by Nick Griffiths
  • Nick Griffiths' memoir of life as a Doctor Who fan, which has been praised by the UK Guardian and a former Doctor Who himself, David Tennant, and comes in a special 50th Anniversary update.
  • Who & Me by Barry Letts
  • The fascinating behind the scenes autobiography by the late Doctor Who producer Barry Letts - a key creative force on the show in the Jon Pertwee years, and who also worked with iconic Doctor Tom Baker.
  • TARDIS Eruditorum Volume 2: Patrick Troughton by Philip Sandifer
  • The second volume of collected and expanded posts from the popular blog TARDIS Eruditorum offers a critical history of the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who.
  • Dining With The Doctor: An Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook by Chris-Rachael Oseland
  • A cookbook to remember, celebrating the return of The Doctor with recipes themed around the first six seasons of the 2005 Doctor Who reboot - including dishes like Open Faced Dalek Ironsides, Sontaran Soldiers, Fish Custard Tacos, and a Cinnamon Pull Apart Crack in the Wall.
If you pay at least $10 you get two bonus books:
  • VWORP! by Earl Green
  • A key primer to the Doctor Who canon from 1963 through to the 2011 Xmas special, for both novices and experts alike.
  • The Best of TARDIS Eruditorum, by Philip Sandifer.
  • The Best of TARDIS Eruditorum collects twenty-one of the best and most popular essays from Philip Sandifer's acclaimed blog TARDIS Eruditorum.
Full details on the StoryBundle website.




Telesnaps Special Highlights Early Second Doctor EraBookmark and Share

Thursday, 11 July 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
A special edition of Doctor Who Magazine has been published today featuring telesnaps from missing Second Doctor episodes.

Although a total of 106 Doctor Who episodes no longer exist in the BBC archives, there are pictorial records of most of them in the form of photos taken of TV screens at the time of broadcast, and The Missing Episodes – The Second Doctor Volume 1 contains images from six Patrick Troughton stories across its 116 pages.

The adventures covered are The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Macra Terror, and The Faceless Ones.

The special publication also has a feature by researcher and author Richard Molesworth, which reveals how some missing episodes of Doctor Who have miraculously been found and returned to the archives over the years. Molesworth wrote the book Wiped! Doctor Who's Missing Episodes, which was updated this year for a second edition.

It is unknown as yet when Volume 2 will be published or which stories it will cover.




Troughton's Hitch In Time To Get Spruced-Up DVD ReleaseBookmark and Share

Friday, 24 May 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The film A Hitch In Time starring Patrick Troughton as a time-travelling professor is to be released on DVD for high-definition viewing.

Penned by the Oscar-winning scriptwriter T E B "Tibby" Clarke and directed by Jan Darnley-Smith, the 54-minute Children's Film Foundation feature from 1978 will form part of the three-film CFF collection Weird Adventures from the BFI.

In A Hitch In Time, Patrick Troughton plays time-hopping inventor Adam Wagstaff. Discovered working on his time machine by two curious kids, Wagstaff decides to send them back through the ages. But with malfunctions a-plenty, will they be able to make it back?
It also stars Jeff Rawle as "Sniffy" Kemp, a teacher out to spoil the fun. The art direction is by Doctor Who's current production designer Michael Pickwoad.

The other two films in the collection are Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's last collaborative feature The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972) and Alberto Cavalcanti's The Monster of Highgate Ponds (1961).

All the films have been newly transferred for high-definition viewing from the best available elements in the BFI National Archive, having been out of distribution for a number of years.

Weird Adventures - the third volume of CFF films brought out by the BFI - will be released on Monday 17th June and is available to pre-order.

The CFF was a non-profit-making pan-industry initiative set up in 1951 by the owner of the Odeon and Rank cinema chains to make home-grown entertainment for young cinema-goers to see at the "Saturday morning pictures". Key themes included adventure, mysteries, monsters, science-fiction, shipwrecks, races, and animals, with regional content from Scotland to south-west England.

It became the Children's Film and Television Foundation in 1982, with film production ending in 1987. The CFTF is now known as the Children's Media Foundation, with the film collection preserved in the BFI National Archive.





The Second Doctor Revisited on BBC AmericaBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 - Reported by Marcus
BBC America continues its celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who by revisiting the Second Doctor and showing the classic 1967 story The Tomb of the Cybermen.

The widely-regarded story will air on Sunday 24th February at 8pm ET and will be preceded by a documentary looking back at the era of the Second Doctor, featuring contributions from Steven Moffat, Caroline Skinner, David Tennant, John Barrowman, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury.

The Tomb of the Cybermen was the first story of the fifth season of Doctor Who, showing in four parts in September 1967. For many years it was lost from the BBC archives, presumed destroyed, before being rediscovered in Hong Kong in 1991.

Alongside Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, the story stars Frazer Hines as the young highlander Jamie McCrimmon and Deborah Watling as the Victorian refugee Victoria Waterfield. It sees the TARDIS crew land on Telos, where members of an archaeological expedition are searching for the legendary tomb of the Cybermen.

The revisited series began last month with a repeat of the First Doctor story The Aztecs, which gets a repeat showing at 5pm just before the transmission of The Tomb of the Cybermen.




Details announced of Splendid Chaps "Two/Evil"Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 3 February 2013 - Reported by Adam Kirk

As previously reportedSplendid Chaps is a year-long performance/podcast project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who hosted by comedian Ben McKenzie (Dungeon CrawlMelbourne Museum Comedy Tour) and writer John Richards (ABC1 sitcom OutlandBoxcutters podcast).

Described by its creators as part intellectual panel discussion, part nerdy Tonight Show, Splendid Chaps is a combination of analysis, enthusiasm and irreverence. The first episode went to number 1 on the iTunes TV & Film Podcast chart in Australia, and to number 4 in the UK.  The podcast is available  at www.splendidchaps.com or at  iTunes.

Tickets are now on sale for the second live recording, which features actor Toby Truslove (ABC's Laid, Outland, The Strange Calls) and cultural theorist Dr Djoymi Baker discussing the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, and the notion of “evil” in Doctor Who. Is it absolute? Are there cosmic forces of right and wrong? And is the Doctor always on the right side? Plus performance guest, cabaret comedian Dean Acuri – performing a song written especially for the show.


Splendid Chaps: A Year Of Doctor Who: "Two/Evil"
Space: 303, 303 High Street, Northcote
Time: Sunday, February 17; bar open from 4 PM, show starts 5 PM (note that as event is recorded, latecomers will not be admitted until intermission)
Tickets: $15 full price, $12 concession (plus booking fee)
Bookings: via TryBooking; tickets also sold at the door (subject to availability)



"One/Authority" event shows (from left to right) Ben McKenzie, John Richards, Lee Zachariah, Nerida Haycock, Alexandra Tynan (nee Sandra Reid), Petra Elliot. Photographer Robert Young.
(with thanks to John Richards)