There’s been a lot of buzz on the Doctor Who rumor mill over the past few days about some impossibly huge cache of missing episodes—apparently, the entire catalog of First Doctor stories could be complete, and most of the Second Doctor, too—coming to light, and the BBC are waiting until November to make an announcement.
I want this to be the case. I do. I really, really, really honestly do. But I’ll be genuinely surprised if it turns out to be true. What I do think is that one or more missing episodes may have been recovered, but probably not as many as some of the rumors are asking us to believe. If even one missing episode has been recovered, following on from Air Lock and The Underwater Menace episode 2 from a few years ago, then that’s another huge step in the right direction.
But if I had to pick one story that I would like to suddenly reappear back in the BBC archive, it would be Marco Polo. Written by John Lucarotti and directed by Waris Hussein, Marco Polo might just be the perfect First Doctor serial, and certainly the holiest of missing episode grails.
I don’t know what’s coming up in November, or even if a single episode has indeed been recovered, and I’m not going to get my hopes up—which isn’t the same as not being hopeful, because I am. Let’s see what happens.
What do you think about these rumors? Let me know in the comments below.
Daniel is the owner and Managing Editor of Time and The – !. He's been a fan of Doctor Who since watching Tom Baker regenerate into Peter Davison on his local PBS station as a kid. He launched Time and The – ! in 2011 after having the bright (?) idea to watch every Doctor Who story from the beginning and blog about it. (Yeah, he's way behind.)