Philip Morris hints about more missing ‘Doctor Who’ episodes

  Last year gave ‘Doctor Who’ fans several reasons for celebration. Not only was 2013 the fiftieth anniversary of ‘Doctor Who,’ but also proved to be a year in...



Last year gave ‘Doctor Who’ fans several reasons for celebration.

Not only was 2013 the fiftieth anniversary of ‘Doctor Who,’ but also proved to be a year in which two of the missing Patrick Troughton ‘Doctor Who’ stories were recovered.

Philip Morris who led the recovery effort with his company Television International Enterprise Archive has recently hinted at there potentially more missing episodes out there in the wind.

During a brief Q&A on The Doctor Who Missing Episodes Discussion Group on Facebook. Morris not only hinted about there being more archived material out there, but also talked a little about the dangers inherent in his line of work.

When asked straight out whether there were more episodes out there. Morris gave the following by way of an answer.

“A tricky one to answer. And fans will just want a yes or no, haven’t you or have you. But it’s complex. All I can say is the wind is blowing the right way. Be patient.

“There are no announcements in the pipeline at present. It can sometimes be the wrong thing with ongoing work and investigation.

“An example would be during the last announcement, I was in a very hostile part of the world and suddenly I was everywhere on TV. My anonymity was compromised, which made the team a target.

“So we must plan these things carefully for the greater good of the project and the safety of the personnel involved.

“I was in Syria. I missed a shell attack by about ten feet. How lucky was I? But there have been lots of tricky moments – bandits, armed militia – but that was the closest.”

Although he has only turned up and recovered 9 ‘Doctor Who’ episodes thus far. Morris confirmed that prints for other episodes were found, but were unsalvageable.

“I did locate some black and white Jon Pertwee episodes that were mush – Ambassadors of Death part two, I think. Thankfully, nothing that was missing.”

At present there are a total of 97 episodes missing from both Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell eras of the series.

In a blanket statement to all media BBC Worldwide denied any knowledge of any new recovered episodes.

A new series of ‘Doctor Who’ starring Peter Capaldi is set to begin transmission on BBC1 and BBC America on 23 August. The premier episode ‘Deep Breath’ will also be shown at selected cinema’s on the same date that it airs on television.


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