October 11th, 2013

Dr. Who: what, where??

When I first saw the headline I thought for sure that this was a joke.

Had to be, with a title like “The Time Hoard: Missing episodes of Doctor Who from 1960s found gathering dust in a cupboard in Nigeria.” Had to be the Onion or April Fools’ Day or something like that.

I’m still not certain that’s not the case. But the Telegraph seems utterly serious:

Nine long-lost episodes of Doctor Who, which have not been seen since the 1960s, have been recovered after they were tracked down gathering dust in a store room in Nigeria.

The discovery will cause much excitement for devotees of the long-running series, for which there are dozens of missing episodes dating back to its early years

The previously lost nine shows were among 11 traced to a television relay station and the find brings back to life an entire six-episode story, while another is almost complete…

Mr Morris said: ‘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.’

Ninety-seven episodes are still unaccounted for. Time for a search of the spam capitals of the world?

By the way, Nigeria isn’t really the mother of all spam in terms of where it’s actually sent from; that honor is shared by India, Brazil, and Vietnam. But much of it does indeed come from Nigeria. At least, it gives the appearance of that; spammers are clever enough to be able to hide their actual origins if they so choose.

7 Responses to “Dr. Who: what, where??”

  1. artfldgr Says:


    most of the who fans hate the fact the marketers ruined the lifetime of the whole thing by killing drs to get another that might earn more money… now they have run out of them just as things are getting most interesting…

  2. artfldgr Says:

    note that the same marketing idiots did similar to the james bond series… now we have short blond putinesque, rather than talk dark suave and handsome. not only that, but they literally neutered him, so now he cant chase the ladies… (see torture scene where they demolished his fertile buddies, and has to now take medication)

  3. israel Says:

    I thought you were commenting on this


    “An item from “The Week” in the latest print edition (so no link) of National Review deserves reprinting here in full:

    On British television, Doctor Who has been running for a half-century. Many actors have played the title character: eleven of them. A twelfth was recently hired. And some people aren’t happy about him—because he’s a him, and, worse, a white him. Said Dame Helen Mirren, famed for playing Elizabeth II and other memorable characters, “I do think it’s well over time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black, female Doctor Who would be best of all.” The show’s producer said, “I would like to go on record and say that the queen should be played by a man.” Blimey, there’s lead in the British pencil yet.”

  4. vanderleun Says:

    Nigeria is indeed not the SPAM capitol. It is the SPAM Vatican.

  5. Mac Says:

    I was a big fan of Dr. Who in the Tom Baker years (late ’70s), which were re-run on PBS in the ’80s. Watched a few of the revival with David Tennant and liked them, though not as much. A few years ago when the whole thing, more or less, became available via Netflix I decided I was going to start at the beginning and watch them all. That plan lasted about 20 minutes into the first episode. It was SO BAD. The corny sets and special effects that were part of the charm of the Tom Baker episodes were actually a huge advance over the earlier ones, which were just depressing. And the wit, too, proved to have been a later development. So, much as I’d like to hope this is truly the discovery of a lost treasure, I don’t think I’ll be checking it out.

  6. sergey Says:

    Several years ago I have heard about almost identical story involving missing episodes of another saga of early 1960s. That time the tapes were found in some obscure Latin American country. In more developed world when some method of recording becomes obsolete, all records and devices for playing them usually get discarded. In poor countries they still are used decades after new technique was introduced, and poor people hate to throw away anything. So this story is a very believable.

  7. Harry the "Extremist" Says:

    Yeah, I thought Tom Baker played the best Doctor with Louise Jameson as best side kick, (Besides K9 of course).

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