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Destruction of Time,
This review is from: Wiped! Doctor Who's Missing Episodes (Paperback)
"Wiped!" is an absolutely fascinating but saddening and often frustrating read, as it documents the wholesale destruction of the BBC's original Dr Who video recordings of all of the TV episodes that were made between 1963 and 1969.
The first half of the book dispationately details the dates that the BBC engineering department cleared their original tapes for wiping and reuse and it also lists foreign TV transmissions dates and (where known) the ultimate fate of the film print copies that were sold to overseas TV stations around the world; whether that fate would be to be returned to the BBC to become the only surviving copy of the episode in the TV archives, or to be destroyed, shredded and disposed of in a foreign landfill site.
The chapters covering 1978 onwards are more uplifting as the BBC began to formulate a proper archive of old TV shows and it describes the efforts of fans and BBC employees to try and track down the missing shows with some degree of success, as film copies began to filter back to the BBC from some overseas broadcasters and some private film collectors.
This really is the most comprehensive book ever written on the subject and Richard Molesworth has really done his research and he goes into great detail covering the sucesses, failures, hoaxes and the ongoing work to try and locate copies of the 108 episodes that remain absent from the BBC film and TV library.
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Initial post: 25 Jan 2011 01:03:52 GMT
N. D. TIDIMAN says:
Couldnt agree more,a really fantastic read,although sad in many ways.Still cant believe the BBC had no forward vision not to see the growth of the home video market,which was less than 5 years away when the last of the junkings were being made! (among them,Fury from the Deep,one of my personal favs) For this alone,the BBC should hang its head in eternal shame.
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