While the rest of the country checks out Todd MacFarlane’s family guy version of the Oscars Dr. Who fans in America will be tuned to BBC America to watch the 2nd Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special featuring Patrick Troughton as the 2nd Doctor.
The selection of Tomb of the Cybermen as tonight’s episode was almost by default. Of the 4 part 2nd Doctor Episodes the only other adventure that exists in its entirety is the Krotons and while that episode has the advantage of Zoe rather than Victoria who was a much longer lasting companion the Krotons are such a campy looking monster that modern Doctor Who fans not familiar with the old series would likely rebel.
Next month with Jon Pertwee there will be a lot more flexibility a full Seven Four Part stories are available ( I don’t count the planet of the Dinosaurs as one episode is not in color.) including two Dalek Stories, 2 Master Stories and the introduction of both Sarah Jane Smith and the Sontarans in the Time Warrior.
If that episode was not the first Sarah Jane I would suspect it would be the one but if I had to bet money I would suppose it would the the Claws of Axos.
It features the Master and Jo Grant and the Brigadier and is an excellent representative of the series. Only the Three Doctors would be superior but because it was a special it’s not as fitting.
Do you disagree? Tell me, which 3rd Doctor 4 part episode would YOU choose if you were BBC America to represent the five years of his run?
For Doctor Who fans the gap between the end of the season and the Christmas special is a time in the wilderness, made slightly worse because Rich’s Comic Blog is also on hiatus until 2012.
However there is joy in the Doctor Who Universe as two episodes that have been lost for over 45 years are as the BBC has announced lost no more:
The broadcaster announced to fans last night that the two episodes had been uncovered at the Missing Believed Wiped event at the BFI in London before it was released in a series of messages on Twitter.
Galaxy Four, part three, was first broadcast in 1965 while The Underwater Menace part two, was aired in 1967 and both had been thought to be lost.
The returned episodes originated from the ABC Channel in Australia.
If you are an American sci-fi fan, just imagine if 1/4 of the original Star Trek series just didn’t exist in video anymore, simply the sound tracks.
Of 253 instalments transmitted in the 1960s (when William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton played the Doctor) 108 were – until now – missing from the BBC archive. Indeed, all the original black-and-white videotapes were wiped long ago;
Since these episodes are all serials we neither completes a story, In fact the Galaxy four episode gives us the first glimpse of the episode that has been unseen since the British paid their bills in shillings and pence.
More details are available here but the bottom line: 2 down 106 to go.