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5.0 out of 5 stars The savings of a tragic financial policy, 7 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Lost in Time [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
I started my Doctor Who collection with this and The Beginning and I'm so glad I did!

Throughout the 60s and most of the 70s, video tape was prohibitively expensive and there were restrictions on the number of times a TV production could be shown. As a result it was BBC policy to wipe their recordings from time to time and re-use the tapes for new shows. Thus the vast majority of William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton episodes of Doctor Who (and anything else made at the time) were lost with just a few remaining in the archives. Thankfully for us Who fans, the BBC sold the show to several countries all over the world and shipped out film transfers for them to broadcast... thus begins the trail for recovery. While the majority of episodes were recovered from various sources there are still many missing. This collection of DVDs presents the recovered parts of still incomplete adventures, giving us a glimpse of what has been lost and an insight into the process of recovering and repairing the missing footage.

The biggest shame of "Lost In Time" is the fact that we don't get to see the rest of the featured adventures! The likes of "The Faceless Ones" "The Abominable Snowmen" "The Web Of Fear" and "The Wheel In Space" look very promising and serve to fuel the dream that one day all the episodes will finally be recovered (A dream which is sadly unrealistic) and of course the 12 episode epic "The Daleks' Master Plan" of which only episodes 2, 5 and 10 survive.

This collection of episodes and extras is another must-have for any fan and while Doctor Who won't be complete without the missing adventures, no collection is complete without this set.
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