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December 11th, 2011 67 comments

Two 1960’s lost Episodes Recovered – Video Clips

Two 1960’s lost episodes Recovered

Two previously missing episodes of 1960s Doctor Who have been returned to BBC. The recovered episodes are Galaxy Four part 3 & The Underwater Menace part 2.

The news has been officially confirmed by the BBC and both episodes were shown this afternoon at the British Film Institutes’s Missing Believed Wiped event.

From the official BBC Doctor Who Site…

Two classic episodes of Doctor Who – thought to be missing forever – have been returned to the BBC archive.

Episode 3 of the William Hartnell adventure “Galaxy 4” and Episode 2 of Patrick Troughton’s “The Underwater Menace” were purchased by film collector Terry Burnett at a village fete near Southampton in the early 80s. He had been unaware that the canisters contained material missing from the BBC.

Thanks to the kind loan by Mr Burnett, the classic footage has been shown today at the British Film Institute’s annual “Missing Believed Wiped” event at the National Film Theatre in London. Host at the event was Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss who said: “Christmas has come early for Doctor Who fans everywhere. It’s always wonderful when a missing episode turns up but it’s been years since the last one so to have two is just brilliant. Add to that a proper bit of action from the legendary Chumblies (and the horrifying Rills!) plus the utterly mesmeric Patrick Troughton on great form. Well, what more could we all ask for?”

Over 100 episodes of Doctor Who from the 1960s still remain missing. The tapes were routinely wiped once the rights to repeat them had expired. It seems unfathomable to us today, but before the advent of DVDs and iPlayer, grainy black and white material was thought to no longer be of interest to the television audience. However, many film prints sold overseas have since been returned. These latest discoveries are the first complete episodes to have been located since 2004.

None of the four episodes of the 1965 adventure “Galaxy 4” were known to have survived, although a short extract had been retained. “The Underwater Menace” dating from 1967 is now the earliest surviving complete episode featuring Patrick Troughton’s performance as the Second Doctor.

Research has shown that the returned episodes originated from the ABC channel in Australia. In fact, the copy of The Underwater Menace is still missing a few short sections which were removed by the Australian censors upon its original transmission Down Under. Fresh scans of the missing material have been made by the National Archives of Australia and will be incorporated into the restored episodes ahead of a DVD release.

Details of a commercial release will be announced by 2 entertain in 2012.


  • blink?!?

    December 12th, 2011 - 4:28pm

    yes i know but i dont understand how they are lost?

  • Anonymous

    December 12th, 2011 - 4:22pm

    3 EPISODES LOST Galaxy 4 The Underwater Menace And The Inavsion

  • blink?!?

    December 12th, 2011 - 4:13pm

    i dont get it…how are some episodes lost???

  • McGann is the Doctor.

    December 12th, 2011 - 10:33am

    I heard the news this morning, mom told me, I said “Which episodes?” answer-“the Underwater something” I knew which one that was. Great news, I wonderd which episodes it would be !

    Lets hope Underwater Menace is released for 2013 ! 😀 Still, a shame the Tenth Planet part 4 is still lost.

  • Cybermat

    December 12th, 2011 - 9:51am

    Fantastic news! At last old who episodes have been recovered! Also for those of you who don’t know I have written my own fan-ficton doctor who stories and my own Galifrey Tales (C). If you want to know the basic idea of Galifrey Tales then feel free to respond to this comment. I hope I can buy the found Doctor who stories soon, (2013 release?)

  • Hector Sandler

    December 12th, 2011 - 6:16am

    William Hartnell & Patrick Troughton were great Doctors. Now the second one I remember that professor in one of the James Bond movies & he came in 2 of Roger Moores TV series The Saint & The Persuaders.

  • NotADalek

    December 11th, 2011 - 10:00pm

    Wow, this is amazing! Finally, after such a long time, two more episodes have been discovered! This is a great day!

  • Anonymous

    December 11th, 2011 - 9:18pm

    Part 3 of it is available now if your interested. You can get it on the Lost in Time set, or it might be online somewhere.

  • 11matt

    December 11th, 2011 - 9:00pm

    great the underwater menace story looks good

  • Gallifreyan Watcher

    December 11th, 2011 - 7:40pm

    Fantastic news! I never thought we’d see another episode found, let alone two, since it’s been so long…

  • Anonymous

    December 11th, 2011 - 7:39pm

    It would, The Reign of Terror is coming out next year, and they are hoping The Ice Warriors and The Tenth Planet will be out in 2013 but nothing definite yet.

  • Anonymous

    December 11th, 2011 - 7:38pm

    Yes I do.

  • MasterKasterborous

    December 11th, 2011 - 7:31pm

    Thanks for mentioning the clips. It was amazing watching these clips after they had been lost for over 40 years and I look forward to seeing the whole episodes.

  • MasterKasterborous

    December 11th, 2011 - 7:29pm

    Sound tracks exist for every single lost episode. Being released next year is the Reign Of Terror with it’s two missing episodes being animated. It’s a matter of cost. Over the years they might animate them all but it will take a long time.

  • MasterKasterborous

    December 11th, 2011 - 7:27pm

    I take it you mean 10 full serials that have no episodes.

  • Anonymous

    December 11th, 2011 - 7:12pm

    106 to go (and only 10 totally incomplete stories left).

  • the TARDIS

    December 11th, 2011 - 7:05pm

    Booboo, have you seen the two clips on the website?
    This is great news – and to have now two consecutive episodes of the Underwater Menace!

  • Rooners

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:55pm

    Great news! I do hope that we get every episode on DVD soon…for those that cant be recovered, they should animate the missing episodes like the did for episodes 1 and 4 of “The Invasion”…mind you they still had the orginal sound recording which made the animation work…not sure what they would do for those episodes where the sound and vision are lost.

  • WhoFan

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:50pm

    That is fantastic news! Maybe I could somehow get this on DVD?

  • MasterKasterborous

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:38pm

    I hope they release these in a ‘Lost In Time 2’ box set which could include these two new episodes, The Invasion, The Reign Of Terror, The Ice Warriors an The Tenth Planet alongside the short clips that were discovered following the ‘Lost In Time’ DVD release.

  • Admiral Icktheus

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:37pm

    Good to hear!!! 😀

  • Tick Tock goes the Clock

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:35pm


  • MasterKasterborous

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:34pm

    That’s exactly what I was thinking. There has been barely anything in the news about lost episodes for ages and hopefully this is going to be all over the papers. It will really show that you don’t have to be a TV company to have old episodes and hopefully in the next few years more will turn up.

  • Adam

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:32pm


  • Jamie (OodSigma)

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:31pm

    Super news!

  • Kovarian Returns

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:23pm

    Amazing!! 🙂

  • someone

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:22pm

    Hopefully this may spark new interest.

  • IanWooley

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:09pm

    Absolutely brilliant news! My Christmas has come early.

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    December 11th, 2011 - 6:05pm

    2 down, 106 episodes to yet be found 🙂

  • MasterKasterborous

    December 11th, 2011 - 5:57pm

    This is the best news in 7 years!!! I cannot believe that TWO episodes have turned up! I have been an avid follower of the topic for ages and as I only started watching Doctor Who in 2005 I have never been a fan of Doctor Who when an episode turned up. (Plus only 4 have been found in my lifetime) Thanks for posting this on Facebook otherwise I won’t have known! Plus this reduces the amount of stories without footage.

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