The #missingepisodes update …

It’s nearly five years since Bleeding Cool published the internet-breaking article suggesting that a mass return of currently missing Doctor Who episodes was about to happen. Since then we have not had the promised omnirumour dreadnaught, even if we have enjoyed the wonderful return of The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear, and the rather excellent Power of the Daleks animation. Five years on, I think it’s safe to say many fans have rather lost hope and patience. So I asked myself the question: “What could we have to look forward to in 2018?”

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Update from Dan: A break to reflect


Hello readers! I hope you have enjoyed a restful Christmas, and that 2018 is off to the start you hoped for.

As followers of my Twitter account have already seen, 2018 began with bigger news for me than even the return of more missing episodes – my wife and I have had a lovely baby boy, who has already watched (well … been present for!) his first episode of Doctor Who!

Even before our son’s birth, I had already decided that I was going to begin 2018 by taking a break from social media for a month. I reflected that I was spending a ridiculous amount of time checking for news updates and seeing who was responding to my posts, rather than enjoying actual life.

I had no desire to spend the first few precious weeks of our son’s life on a tiny screen rather than enjoying this tiny person, and so I resolved that as soon as we’d announced the happy news on Facebook to family and friends, I would uninstall Facebook and Twitter from my phone, and take a short sabbatical from social media.

What does this mean for you dear readers? Well, there is still more Doctor Who content to come! I’m hoping to write some fresh reflections on missing episodes; write a review of the Shada animation; and many more ideas besides! But I plan to enjoy January with my new family, and return refreshed in February!

As a final bonus – the last couple of times I took myself away from social media, there usually followed some sort of news about Doctor Who missing episodes. As I’m vanishing for a month, odds are I’ll come back to discover they’ve found The Daleks’ Master Plan!

I look forward to catching up with everyone on my return – Monday 12th February. Happy new year!

1 – The Tomb of the Cybermen

And so we come to number one! My absolute favourite story from the whole classic series of Doctor Who. Along the way we have reviewed some sensational adventures that are deservedly mentioned in the same breath, and others that require slightly more effort to love. Some adventures were genuinely difficult to place; even now I find myself looking at the list and wondering if one should be higher than another. For all of my pondering however, there was never any doubt which story would come first … the earliest adventure from the Patrick Troughton era to survive in its entirety; The Tomb of the Cybermen.

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2 – Genesis of the Daleks

Everyone remembers their very first Doctor Who adventure. This one was mine. Sure, I had been in the room when my dad had occasionally watched the odd older episode on UK Gold, but I had never taken in any of it. Not until 1993, when the BBC repeated the adventure on BBC Two, did I finally sit down to actually watch a Doctor Who adventure from start to finish. By the end of the episode one cliffhanger, I knew I was hooked, as thirty years after they first appeared on British TV screens, I experienced the same thrill that six year olds in 1963 must have felt when they first saw a Dalek on their television screens. Six weeks later, each week all the more painful as I was itching to find out what happened next, I had very firmly transitioned from mild interest to absolute adoration. From this point on, countless teachers would lament my regular attempts to cover my school books with drawings of the menacing pepperpots from Skaro …

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3 – The Daemons

I begin my top three Doctor Who adventures with a wonderful story that rounded off Jon Pertwee’s second season as the Doctor. It is a testament to the production team that they managed to work within the constraints of the Doctor’s enforced exile on Earth with such skill and creativity, and they saved the best in Season 8 until the very end.

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