Looks like Christmas has come early after all…
The big news is not that Matt Smith recorded his last scenes yesterday [and possibly Peter Capaldi his first if that was when they did the regeneration] but that the sites of both the Radio Times and The Mirror newspaper are reporting that two missing episodes have been found and will be revealed at a press screening on Tuesday with the episodes released for download the following day!
Great news for Classic Who fans, and something I must admit I didn’t believe when the rumour of missing episodes being found first surfaced several months ago, but it seems those reports were at least partially true after all.
As you will doubtless recall, the rumour was that a massive haul of nearly 100 missing eps had been found via an african tv station. Now when this rumour first surfaced, I must admit I went Totally Victor Meldrew on the whole thing. We’d been here before and the number of episodes being talked about made the whole thing seem far too good to be true, which meant it obviously wasn’t.
However, it seems there was some truth in the story after all and I’m glad I was wrong about it. The two episodes we will find out about on Tuesday are both Pat eps apparently, which sadly rules out the Holy Grail of Tenth Planet 4, unless they are playing games with us. The reports say the eps are from two different Pat stories but before your inner fanboy has a mudburst of excitement that doesn’t mean one of them is Power of the Daleks 1, so we all need to calm down and not get too excited over the next day and a half. Even though I know that won’t stop you and that the internet – or at least the Dr Who corners of it – will probably melt in the run-up to the reveal.
But outside of speculating on the identity of the two recovered eps, there are a couple of other questions we can mull over between now and Tuesday.
The first is why they are being released digitally instead of the Beeb simply announcing that they have found two episodes? There are two possible explanations for this – the first is that the Beeb simply want to maximise the publicity of the find in Anniversary Year and it’s part of this Ultraviolet download strategy that all the content producers seem to be pushing lately. Which could be a ruse to get us all to buy the download and then buy them again when they finally do come out on DVD, which surely they must…
The second is that the two eps in question are ones that have already been released in animated form, which would be a bit of a bummer given they’ve just shelled out for The Ice Warriors to be animated. If either of them had been one of the two missing eps of Reign of Terror that would really suck but it wouldn’t be so bad if they’re one of the ones missing from The Invasion! But that then begs the question, why make a big song and dance about the find if the two eps aren’t that special in themselves?
Does that then mean that the two episodes really are signifcant ones, by which I mean Power of the Daleks or Web of Fear or something like that? When they found the two eps of Galaxy 4 and Underwater Menace a while back, we got the standard announcement, so why the change of tactics this time? We will just have to wait and see and try to contain ourselves.
And of course then there’s the biggest question of all…
is this it or did they find more than just two?
Permission to Squee? Granted!
[Of course, if this all turns out to be just an announcement that you can now buy the recently recovered Galaxy 4 and Underwater Menace eps on bloody iTunes…]