Breaking the bonds of continuity

Doctor Who fans are much like DFS sofas – just as DFS always have a sale on, Doctor Who fans are always up-in-arms about something. In the last month, showrunner Chris Chibnall delivered the coup de grâce to end them all, revealing in the Series 12 finale that William Hartnell was not the first incarnation of the person calling him or herself the Doctor, but that a whole series of lives had existed prior to William Hartnell’s incarnation.

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Animation News: The Faceless Ones coming to DVD

A number of years ago I speculated whether the BBC’s intention to release further classic Doctor Who on DVD indicated that more missing episodes had been recovered. As it turns out, while recovered episodes have not been forthcoming, the BBC have taken forward two projects – the Blu Ray season boxsets, and further animation of missing stories. Today we received an encouraging indication that the release of The Macra Terror was not a flash in the pan, with the news that the following story The Faceless Ones will be the next story to be animated for release.

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Fan Survey: Should the BBC colourise Black & White Doctor Who?

The debate about colourising episodes of Doctor Who originally broadcast in black and white is not new. Techniques for adding colour to black and white footage have been around for decades and used with varying degrees of success, most often for commercially lucrative projects such as Laurel and Hardy movies. To date, the debate has been slightly irrelevant for Doctor Who, as the cost has been so extravagant that it has only just been viable for episodes missing their original colour episodes, such as the Mind of Evil. That however, may be about to change.

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The #missingepisodes reviews: The Ice Warriors

Part of the way through re-posting my old reviews, I realised that I hadn’t reviewed several stories that I had watched on DVD, but hadn’t included on my original countdown. Having hastily written a review for one, The Reign of Terror, I now follow suit for Season 5 adventure The Ice Warriors, debut story for the titular alien race from Mars. As with The Reign of Terror, I had held off buying the DVD in the confident expectation that the entirety of Season 5 had been found as part of the omnirumour. When I eventually accepted that returns were not coming any time soon, I decided to not let best be the enemy of good and invested in the reconstructed adventure.

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The #missingepisodes reviews: The Macra Terror

I was absolutely delighted when the worst-kept secret in the Doctor Who world was confirmed – that BBC Worldwide were preparing to release an animated version of The Macra Terror. Three years ago I wrote a review of the audio soundtrack of the episodes ahead of the release of The Power of the Daleks animation, in which I articulated my view that it wasn’t really possible to enjoy the story without visual references. I was therefore very interested to see if these new animations would give me a fresh appreciation of this lost adventure.

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The #missingepisodes reviews: The Crusade

It is a strange twist of providence that Season 2 of Doctor Who is the one that has best survived out of the first six. Only two episodes from the whole are missing, both falling in historical adventure The Crusade. Unlike fellow historical adventure Marco Polo, The Crusade is perhaps more easily forgotten as it at least survives in part. Like Marco Polo however, it is odd that it has not survived, given that the remainder of Season 2 has survived to the present day and several copies were sent overseas.

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The #missingepisodes reviews: The Reign of Terror

I was very surprised when I realised I hadn’t actually reviewed The Reign of Terror, even though it is a DVD that sits proudly in my collection. The reason however is straightforward enough; as with The Moonbase and The Ice Warriors I was holding off buying the DVD under the mistaken impression that the animated episodes were sitting in a warehouse somewhere just waiting to be dusted off and handed to the Beeb. As with the other incomplete adventures, it is absolutely right I give my thoughts on the story!

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