I have just found out literally the best news ever: EPISODE 3: AIR LOCK of the William Hartnell story GALAXY 4 and EPISODE 2 of the Patrick Troughton story THE UNDERWATER MENACE have been found! This is the best Christmas present I could ever have asked for.
No episodes were thought to remain of Galaxy 4 so that is a very exciting find and The Underwater Menace episode 2 is now Patrick Troughton's earliest existing episode!
The two episodes were purchased by film collector Terry Burnett at a village fete near Southampton in the early 80s. He had been unaware that the canisters contained material missing from the BBC.
|The man we owe it all to Mr. Terry Burnett (centre).|
Thanks to the kind loan by Mr Burnett, the classic footage has been shown today at the British Film Institute's annual "Missing Believed Wiped" event at the National Film Theatre in London. Host at the event was Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss who said:
"Christmas has come early for Doctor Who fans everywhere. It's always wonderful when a missing episode turns up but it's been years since the last one so to have two is just brilliant. Add to that a proper bit of action from the legendary Chumblies (and the horrifying Rills!) plus the utterly mesmeric Patrick Troughton on great form. Well, what more could we all ask for?"
These latest discoveries are the first complete episodes to have been located since 2004. Research has shown that the returned episodes originated from the ABC channel in Australia. In fact, the copy of The Underwater Menace is still missing a few short sections which were removed by the Australian censors upon its original transmission Down Under. Fresh scans of the missing material have been made by the National Archives of Australia and will be incorporated into the restored episodes ahead of a DVD release.
All we know so far about when we're actually going to get to see these wonders is: "Details of a commercial release will be announced by 2|entertain in 2012."
I think I might explode. I want to see these more than anything!!! Tell everyone, because this is the most amazing news ever! I hope you enjoy the following, which are all the pictures the BBC has released of the two episodes so far: