Back in June, we ran a story saying that lots of Doctor Who missing episodes were coming back. Sourced from a bunch of radio engineers I knew from my radio advertising days, who were in the right studio at the right time, I went with it. We didn't exactly know how big it was going to be and the The Omnirumor strode across all known media.
But one of the main factors was that this wasn't just Doctor Who we were talking about. It was Steptoe And Son, Morecambe And Wise, Dad's Army and so much more. And tons and tons and tons of it had been coming in from Africa to Philip Morris and his company TIEA, set up to mirror the original TIEA distributor of such BBC material around the world.
Morris denied it all… until he was named as the man who had recovered the recently released nine episodes of Doctor Who.
And then at the Missing Believed Wiped event, regularly held at the British Film Institute it was announced that 10,000 cans of film had been recovered and that Philip Morris, TIEA and other bodies were going through it all carefully.
We don't know what's in there. We don't know what has escaped the vinegar acidic degradation of film. We don't know if there's any more Doctor Who in there, for sure. But there might be. And what's more, there might be so much more.
Friend of Bleeding Cool, Paul Vanezis, associated with both Morris and the Doctor Who Restoration Team wanted to dampen expectations rather…. but he is a man famed for the preciseness of his language allowing all sorts of wiggle room.
Either way, how good are you at waiting?