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Read my article exactly as it appeared on the Ain't it Cool News site on January 12, 1999!
...with a rather self-explanatory message about the recent discovery of
a "lost" Dr. Who episode. To put this in better context, I will quote the
exact words of AICN reader Thomas Jennings:
"As you may or may not know, back in the early 1970's, many DoctorWho episodes
were destroyed because they simply took up too much archival space and
no future use was anticipated. When the show gained its incredible
popularity in the 1980s, a demand for reruns and video sales made the BBC
search frantically for remaining copies across the globe in order to recover
as much of the serial as possible. Sadly, 109 episodes remain missing,
but that number is one less thanks to the following announcement!"
Below, I have quoted (verbatim) a Press Release about the subject Thomas refers to above. As far as I can tell, said Press Release seems to have originated from the OUTPOST GALLIFREY web site. If this attribution is incorrect, please forgive my improper crediting of the source, and be sure to drop me a line to correct the error.
Other than that, I assume itís from Outpost Gallifrey , and hereís what
the document said:
THE CRUSADE EPISODE 1 FOUND - IN NEW ZEALAND!
by Paul Scoones
After a thirty-year absence from the BBC, a William Hartnell Doctor Who episode has been found in New Zealand. The Lion - the first episode of The Crusade - was wiped by the BBC in January 1969. In January this year a 16mm film print was discovered in Auckland, New Zealand, and returned to the BBC.
The complete film print was bought at a film collectors' fair in Napier, New Zealand in June 1998. It was purchased by Auckland film collector Bruce Grenville from another collector who was unaware of its rarity and sold it to Bruce cheaply as an "an incomplete Doctor Who story".
Bruce was equally unaware that the episode had any special significance, and regularly screened it for his friends. One such friend, Cornelius Stone, mentioned to Neil Lambess, a member of the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club, that he'd seen the film of "a Hartnell historical episode set in the time of the crusades".
Neil learned that the episode was apparently The Lion, and following up on this lead, he and Paul Scoones, the NZDWFC's coordinator, visited Bruce on 3 January and viewed the film to verify that it was in fact the long lost first episode of The Crusade. Bruce was surprised to learn of the rarity of his film print, and readily agreed to loan it to the BBC's unofficial Doctor Who 'Restoration Team' so that the film can now be cleaned up and a duplicate made. Paul Scoones contacted Steve Roberts of the 'Restoration Team' and handled the safe dispatch of the film to the UK.
The Lion joins The Wheel of Fortune (episode 3) as the only other episode of this highly-regarded 1965 four-part historical adventure known to exist.
film clips have been unearthed in recent years, the last
Although neither the film or its can provide any clues to the route by which it came to be on sale at a film collectors' event in Napier, it is likely that the print was received by the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation from the BBC around late 1967. Although NZBC records show that the New Zealand censor rated the story suitable for broadcast, it remains one of several sixties stories that were received by the NZBC but never screened.
Lion is the only lost Doctor Who episode found in New Zealand. Although
Bruce Grenville (who is a regular visitor to film collectors' fairs in
NZ), says he has not yet come across any other Doctor Who film prints,
this find raises renewed hope that further lost episodes may still exist,
just waiting to be rediscovered.
Glen here, again.
You can also jump to the BBC web site for more information about this fascinating subject...