List of incomplete Doctor Who serials



This is a list of Doctor Who serials that no longer exist in any complete form in the BBC archives. They are incomplete due to the BBC's former policy of holding only a limited archive of episodes, and wiping tapes belonging to shows for which they did not see a potential future market. Many other shows, such as Z-Cars and The Wednesday Play, have been similarly affected.

In all, 108 of 253 episodes produced during the first six years of the programme are not currently held in the BBC's archives, although many more were thought missing in the past before episodes were recovered from a variety of sources, most notably overseas broadcasters. This mean in other words that 27 serials does not exist in its complite form.
For a more detailed discussion of this, see Doctor Who missing episodes.

All missing episodes from the missing William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton stories exist in audio form (thanks to fans recording them live on original broadcast) and all the audio soundtracks will have been released by the end of 2006. Also many of the stories have "tele-snaps" taken during filming which exist. The BBC has made use of these tele-snaps by recreating some lost episodes with these pictures. They can be viewed here.

Brief excerpts from many episodes exist, some lasting as short as one second in duration. This includes 8 mm film footage taken of the television screen, censor edits, and extracts featured on other programmes, most notably Blue Peter.


Incomplete serials starring the First Doctor (William Hartnell)

Serial Number Serial Name Episode(s) Missing (Total Episodes) Notes
004Marco PoloAll (7) Only audio and telesnaps exist. No telesnaps known to exist for episode 4. A 30-minute reconstruction, using telesnaps and promotional photographs, was released on The Beginning DVD boxset.
008The Reign of Terror4 and 5 (6) Only audio survives along with some clips from Episodes 4 and 5 which have been released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset.
014The Crusade2 and 4 (4) Episodes 1 and 3, in addition to the audio of episodes 2 and 4, were released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset. Telesnaps do exist of Episodes 2 and 4. Episodes 1 and 3 were previously released in a VHS edition with William Russell in character as Ian Chesterton providing linking material. A short clip from episode 4 exists as the reprise at the beginning of the following story "The Space Museum".
018Galaxy 4All (4) Only audio survives, as well as an extended clip from Episode One along with another clip from the beginning of Episode One. Both clips have been released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset.
019Mission to the Unknown1 (1) Only audio survives.
020The Myth MakersAll (4) Only audio survives, as well as some clips from Episodes 1, 2 and 4 which have been released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset.
021The Daleks' Master Plan1, 3-4, 6-9, 11 and 12 (12) Episodes 2, 5, and 10, along with clips from episodes 1,2,3 and 4 were released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset.
022The Massacre of St Bartholomew's EveAll (4) Only audio survives.
024The Celestial Toymaker1-3 (4) Only audio survives. Episode 4 was released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset.
026The SavagesAll (4) Only audio and telesnaps survive, along with clips from episodes 3 and 4 which have been released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset.
028The SmugglersAll (4) Only audio, telesnaps and clips from episodes 1, 3 and 4 survive. These clips were released on the Doctor Who DVD release #2: "Lost in Time".
029The Tenth Planet4 (4) Of Episode 4, audio and telesnaps exist, along with a few clips, the most notable being the footage of the regeneration scene itself. All the clips have been released on the Doctor Who DVD: Lost in Time. Also, a full length reconstruction was released on the VHS release of this serial.

Incomplete serials starring the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)

Serial Number Serial Name Episode(s) Missing (Total Episodes) Notes
030The Power of the DaleksAll (6) Only audio and telesnaps exist, plus clips from episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. In addition, an incomplete trailer for Episode 1 has been found, and along with the clips, has been released on the Doctor Who DVD release #2: "Lost in Time".Two additional clips, as well as a better quality copy of an extant clip, were found during the September 11, 2005 transmission of "Sunday Past Times", a clip heavy show which aired an extract from the 1966 program "Tomorrow's World" that contained the missing clips. They have been included as part of "The Dalek Tapes", a special feature on the DVD release of "Genesis of the Daleks".
031The HighlandersAll (4) Only audio, telesnaps and 3 clips from episode 1 exist. these clips have been released on the Doctor Who DVD release #2: "Lost in Time".
032The Underwater Menace1, 2 and 4 (4) Only audio, telesnaps and short clips exist. Episode 3 was released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset along with clips from episodes 1,2 and 4.
033The Moonbase1 and 3 (4) Only audio and telesnaps exist. Episodes 2 and 4, in addition to the audio of episodes 1 and 3, were released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset.
034The Macra TerrorAll (4) Only audio, telesnaps and short clips from episodes 2 and 3 exist. The clips were released on the Doctor Who DVD release #2: "Lost in Time".
035The Faceless Ones2, 4-6 (6) Only audio and telesnaps exist along with a short clip from episode 2. Episodes 1 and 3, along with the clip, were released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset.
036The Evil of the Daleks1, 3-7 (7) Only audio and telesnaps exist. Episode 2 was released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset.
038The Abominable Snowmen1, 3-6 (6) Only audio, telesnaps and two short clips from episode 4 exist. Episode 2 and the clips were released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset. Episode 2 was also released on VHS in 1995 as "The Troughton Years" with episode 3 of "The Enemy of the World" and episode 2 of "The Space Pirates".
039The Ice Warriors2-3 (6) Only audio and telesnaps exist. Episodes 2 and 3 were partly reconstructed with the telesnaps and audio for the VHS release. It is not a full reconstruction and comprises the main gist of the story for the two missing episodes.
040The Enemy of the World1-2, 4-6 (6) Only audio and telesnaps exist. No telesnaps known to exist for episode 4. Episode 3 was released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset. Episode 3 was also released on VHS in 1995 as "The Troughton Years with episode 2 of "The Abominable Snowmen and episode 2 of "the Space Pirates".
041The Web of Fear2-6 (6) Only audio, telesnaps and clips from episodes 2,4 and 5 exist. Episode 1 and the clips were released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset.
042Fury from the DeepAll (6) Only audio, telesnaps and clips from episodes 1,2,4,5,6 exist. The clips were released on the Doctor Who release #2: "Lost in Time".
043The Wheel in Space1-2, 4-5 (6) Only audio, telesnaps and clips from episodes 4 and 5 exist. Episodes 3 and 6, along with the episode 4 and 5 clips were released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset.
046The Invasion1 and 4 (8) Only audio exists. All existing episodes were released in a VHS edition with Nicholas Courtney providing linking narration. An animated reconstruction of the two missing episodes is included on the DVD release.
049The Space Pirates1, 3-6 (6) Only audio exists, plus film trims from episode 1. Episode 2 and the episode 1 trims were released on the Lost in Time DVD boxset. Episode 2 was also released on VHS in 1995 as "The Troughton Years" with episode 2 of "The Abominable Snowmen" and episode 3 of"The Enemy of the World".

Black and white only serials starring the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)

While all Pertwee era stories are complete, a small number exist only in black and white instead of colour. However, three of these incomplete serials (Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Dæmons, and Terror of the Autons) were processed to merge the black and white film with off-air colour recordings by the Doctor Who Restoration Team for subsequent video release. Poor-quality off-air colour recordings of The Ambassadors of Death made from a US transmission in the 1970s exist, but the recordings are severely affected by a rainbow-coloured pattern of interference that at times overtakes the entire picture.[1]

Although many attempts have been made to restore colour to the incomplete stories, the financial cost has proven prohibitive so far.

Serial Number Serial Name Episode(s) in Black and
White only (Total Episodes)
Notes
053The Ambassadors of Death2-4, 6-7 (7)Sections of 2, 3, 6 and 7 were colourised for the VHS release. Episode 4 is being colourised by a colleague of Ian Levine.[2]
056The Mind of EvilAll (6)Some short clips in colour from episode 6
068Planet of the Daleks3 (6) -
071Invasion of the Dinosaurs1 (6) -

See also

References

1. ^ Can you help us?. Doctor Who Restoration Team. Retrieved on 2007-07-30.
2. ^ A preview is available for download here:
Ambassadors Preview (Windows Media Player file). Retrieved on 2007-02-18.

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list of unmade serials, which were seriously considered for production by the BBC, submitted by recognised professional writers, or have been the subject of a feature in Doctor Who Magazine or other professional periodicals or books.
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Founder John Reith
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Wiping or junking is an economic move by radio and television companies in which old audiotapes, videotapes and telerecordings (kinescopes), which were extremely expensive in that era, are erased and reused, or destroyed after several uses.
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Z-Cars (sometimes written as Z Cars, and always pronounced 'zed', never 'zee') was a British television drama series centred on the work of regular beat police officers in the fictional town of Newtown, based on Kirkby near Liverpool, in the north-west of
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The Wednesday Play was a British television drama anthology series, which ran on BBC1 from 1964 to 1970. Every week a different play, usually written directly for television although adaptations from other sources were not uncommon, would be presented.
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Doctor Who's missing episodes are the many instalments of the long-running British science fiction television programme Doctor Who that are missing, with no known film or videotape copies existing.
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Tele-snaps (often truncated as Telesnaps) are off-screen photographs of British television broadcasts, taken by John Cura before the advent of home video recording. For many early programmes tele-snaps are the only surviving record of their appearance.
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First Doctor is the name given to the first incarnation of the fictional character known as the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who.
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William Hartnell

William Hartnell in a publicity still as the First Doctor

Born 8 January 1908(1908--)
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004 - Marco Polo
Doctor William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Writer John Lucarotti
Director Waris Hussein (episodes 1-3,5-7)
John Crockett (episode 4)
Script Editor David Whitaker
Producer Verity Lambert
Mervyn Pinfield (associate producer)
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008 - The Reign of Terror
Doctor William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Writer Dennis Spooner
Director Henric Hirsch
John Gorrie (episode 3, uncredited)
Script Editor David Whitaker
Producer Verity Lambert
Mervyn Pinfield (associate producer)
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014 - The Crusade
Doctor William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Writer David Whitaker
Director Douglas Camfield
Script Editor Dennis Spooner
Producer Verity Lambert
Executive producer(s) None
Production code P
Series Season 2
Length 4 episodes, 25 mins each
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William Russell, Bill Russell, Billy Russell, or Willy Russell may refer to:
  • Bill Russell (born 1934), retired American professional basketball player

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Ian Chesterton is a fictional character in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and a companion of the First Doctor. He was played in the series by William Russell, and was one of the members of the programme's very first regular cast, appearing in the
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018 - Galaxy 4
Doctor William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Writer William Emms
Director Derek Martinus
Mervyn Pinfield (uncredited)
Script Editor Donald Tosh
Producer Verity Lambert
Executive producer(s) None
Production code T
Series Season 3
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019 - Mission to the Unknown
Doctor William Hartnell (First Doctor) (does not appear)
Writer Terry Nation
Director Derek Martinus
Script Editor Donald Tosh
Producer Verity Lambert
Executive producer(s) None
Production code T/A or DC
Series Season 3
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020 - The Myth Makers
Doctor William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Writer Donald Cotton
Director Michael Leeston-Smith
Script Editor Donald Tosh
Producer John Wiles
Executive producer(s) None
Production code U
Series Season 3
Length 4 episodes, 25 mins each
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021 - The Daleks' Master Plan
Doctor William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Writer Terry Nation (episodes 1-5, 7)
Dennis Spooner (episodes 6, 8-12)
Director Douglas Camfield
Script Editor Donald Tosh
Producer John Wiles
Executive producer(s) None
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022 - The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve
Doctor William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Writer John Lucarotti Donald Tosh
Director Paddy Russell
Script Editor Donald Tosh Gerry Davis
Producer John Wiles
Executive producer(s) None
Production code W
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024 - The Celestial Toymaker
Doctor William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Writer Brian Hayles Donald Tosh
Director Bill Sellars
Script Editor Gerry Davis
Producer Innes Lloyd
Executive producer(s) None
Production code Y
Series Season 3
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026 - The Savages
Doctor William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Writer Ian Stuart Black
Director Christopher Barry
Script Editor Gerry Davis
Producer Innes Lloyd
Executive producer(s) None
Production code AA
Series Season 3
Length 4 episodes, 25 mins each
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The Smugglers can also refer to The Smugglers (band), a band from Vancouver, BC who regularly tour North America.

''For the 1967 French film, see Les Contrebandières.
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029 - The Tenth Planet
Doctor William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor) (uncredited)
Writer Kit Pedler
Gerry Davis (episodes 3, 4)
Director Derek Martinus
Script Editor Gerry Davis
Producer Innes Lloyd
Executive producer(s) None
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Second Doctor is the name given to the second incarnation of the fictional character known as the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who. He was portrayed by the actor Patrick Troughton.
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Patrick Troughton

Birth name Patrick George Troughton
Born 25 March 1920(1920--)
Mill Hill, London, England
Died 28 March 1987 (aged 67)
Columbus, Georgia, United States
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030 – The Power of the Daleks
Doctor Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor)
Writer David Whitaker
Dennis Spooner (uncredited)
Director Christopher Barry
Script Editor Gerry Davis
Producer Innes Lloyd
Executive producer(s) None
Production code EE
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031 – The Highlanders
Doctor Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor)
Writer Elwyn Jones
Gerry Davis
Director Hugh David
Script Editor Gerry Davis
Producer Innes Lloyd
Executive producer(s) None
Production code FF
Series Season 4
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032 – The Underwater Menace
Doctor Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor)
Writer Geoffrey Orme
Director Julia Smith
Script Editor Gerry Davis
Producer Innes Lloyd
Executive producer(s) None
Production code GG
Series Season 4
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