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Philip Morris Confirms “At Least Six” Missing Episodes of Doctor Who Owned by Private Collectors

Some surprising good/bad news from today’s Time Space Visualizer conversation with Philip Morris. He confirmed that there are at least SIX missing episodes that he knows of that are in the hands of private collectors that haven’t been returned to the BBC. (In some cases because they’re afraid of the backlash for not having returned them sooner.)

On one hand, yes it’s heartbreaking to learn that prints exist in the hands of people who don’t want to (or aren’t comfortable) returning them to the BBC.
But on a positive note... today we learned that at least six more missing Hartnell/Troughton episodes are confirmed to exist in the world! That’s six more than there were yesterday. And not only that, Philip Morris knows where they are and who has them. They are no longer lost episodes, just.... ones we can’t get to right now.

And if the people holding these prints consider themselves fans, and as Philip Morris points out, they very likely do considering they went to such lengths to obtain these prints which were being discarded by the BBC in the first place, then they (or their families) will almost certainly do the right thing and return them... eventually. Even if it’s posthumously.

The saddest part of this is that many older fans who were alive to see these serials as they were original transmitted may no longer be with us by the time these prints eventually (and inevitably) make it back into the hands of the BBC. As they themselves age (as well as the prints, which one would hope are at least being stored in better conditions than those recovered in Nigeria) here’s hoping they come to the realization sooner rather than later that the clock is ticking for all of us, and there are many classic series fans out there who would like nothing better than to see just one more recovered Hartnell/Troughton story before they go.

I’m in my mid 40's now, so I live in hope that all 6 episodes (and hopefully more) will be returned during my lifespan... preferably before I get too blind, deaf, or senile to properly enjoy them.

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