Key to icons:
black and white recording
Full episode does not exist
The small camera icon indicates that off-screen photos (usually John Cura Telesnaps) exist; the small "C" indicates that clip(s) exist and the small "A" indicates that animated versions have been released commercially.
Episode exists, but has footage missing
16mm colour film exists
16mm black and white film merged with off-air US recordings
2 inch 625-line colour videotape exists
2 inch 525-line colour videotape exists
Restored using black and white and off-air colour information, and the chroma dot process.
Hand-coloured, with computer interpolation.
Colour information recovered by the "Chroma Dot" process.
US colour videotape overlayed on black and white PAL videotape
Episode restored using computer colourisation and Chroma Dot colour recovery process

Episodes bordered in colour have been found since 1981. Red have been donated by private collectors, green were found at the BBC or a Mormon church (!) and blue have been returned from overseas.

Doctor Who Pages

I've written a couple of pages regarding the search for the 97 missing episodes of the BBC TV series "Doctor Who", and for lost TV and radio in general.
  1. Missing Without Trace", an article I wrote c.1993 and updated a decade later. Discusses many of the rumours floating around fandom. Some revisions are being made at the time of writing (late 2013).
  2. _Updated February 1st, 2017_Missing Without Trace - Revisited", after a decade of being insulted by "fans" such as Paul Vanezis and Steve Roberts, I finally decided to reveal everything I knew; with information from Mark Gatiss, David and Matthew Morgernstern, "Peep-hole pervert" Peter Finklestone and others. Some minor revisions are being made at the time of writing._Updated February 1st, 2017_
  3.  Updated July 3rd, 2016 The Search for Missing TV and Radio; discusses some tactics that may be used to find lost treasures, and some of the remarkable finds of the last few decades.
  4. All is not rosy in the colour recovery/chroma dot camp it would seem...; Richard Russell's page describing the colour recovery process including screengrabs of processed TV shows such as "Doctor Who", "Morecambe and Wise", "Steptoe and Son", "Are You Being Served?" and "Dad's Army".

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The current archival status leaves fans in a justifiable sense of dismay, with 97 episodes missing. But there is also a sense of confusion; many episodes exist in multiple formats: 16mm film, 35mm film, 625 line VT etc. In an ideal world, most of the black and white episodes should exist on 2 inch 405 and 625 line videotapes (barring the few exceptions that were broadcast from film), and the ones from 1970 onwards (excepting "Spearhead from Space" which was made on colour film) should be on 625 line colour videotape. But we don't live in an ideal world and as the following table shows we are left with a confusing rag-bag of episodes in a variety of standards, thanks to the junking policy enacted by the BBC in the 1970s. Its hard to know what exists and what doesn't.

The purpose of this page is to list the episodes that exist, whether clips survive, etc. etc. To prevent repetition of data (some Pertwee stories exist in multiple formats - "The Daemons" parts 1,2,3 and 5 for instance survive as black and white telerecordings, U-Matic copies of off-air US colour recordings, and versions restored by combining these two sources), this list only mentions sources as close as possible to the original transmission, or the best quality. A qualifier for this last statement: "best" does not imply that the recording is "good"; look at the Reverse Standard Converted (RSC) DVD release of "Inferno" as an example - I got a VHS dub of an off-air SVHS recording of this from New Zealand in 1992 and the quality was, and indeed still is superior, but when I mentioned this I was told that this was impossible. Better results have been obtained for this story and "The Claws of Axos" by combining the colour information from the RSC version with the black and white films. Personally I think that too much time and effort was spent on RSC; the results were disappointing and should not have been used in my opinion, but what do you do when you have to justify the time and money spent in developing the process in the first place? And lest we forget, the Chroma Dot Colour Recovery process has not been the overwhelming success as has been claimed; in the clamour for colour versions of "The Mind of Evil" et al., critical appraissal of the results are lacking. When this is applied, we see "flashing faces," mottled skies, and coloured trails which follow actors as they move; these artefacts are severely distracting. It would seem that the motto "Good enough" was applied in the rush to prepare the episodes for DVD release. The arbitrary politics of the Restoration Team sometimes leave one in dismay. The second episode of "The Abominable Snowmen" has a brief section of sound missing and Mark Ayres tried his best to recreate it. Otherwise, the alternative was, as he says, to drop the whole scene. A vital scene where the Yeti were revealed to be robots and the chest cavity was empty. How come something that was acceptable and broadcast in 1967 was not OK some four decades later? On "The Troughton Years" VHS c.1991, this brief section of sound loss was edited out cleverly; only the first few seconds of the Doctor's examination of the Yeti was removed - the zoom-in on the control sphere was slowed down so that the monks chanting covered up the missing soundtrack.

Another point of contention in the definition of "best" is the "restored" episode one of "Invasion of the Dinosaurs"; the blue component of the colour was found to be missing during the colour recovery process and it seems that the released DVD version reflects the fact that only a small attempt was performed in recreating it. Maybe one day, with more time and money available, a definitive colour restoration will be achieved.

Thanks to Steve Phillips' clips listing, I have collated surviving material culled from the original episodes. I have also made a note where a significant amount of off-screen photographs exist. These were normally taken by John Cura, with the sole exception being "The Daleks Masterplan" episode 7. I haven't listed other photographs, such as the photo of the Rill from Galaxy Four, or the other pictures of "The Evil of the Daleks" part 5, printed in Doctor Who Magazine about 1992.

I have also indicated where episodes have been found, but in an edited state; some of the edits are fairly minor, but some, like the ending of the third episode of "Galaxy Four" which is completely missing, are obviously more severe but can hopefully be reconstructed, like the "Next Episode" caption of the final episode of "The Celestial Toymaker" which was recreated for the DVD "Lost In Time" compilation. Some edits may be repairable by using the Australian censor clips, a technique which was used to bring "The War Machines" to a state closer to its original broadcast version (its hoped that this can be used to fill in the gaps in the newly found "Underwater Menace" part two). Episodes that have been found since 1981 are surrounded by a red border. In this latter case, this only denotes episodes for which no complete material previously existed, and thus does not include the Canadian NTSC videotapes, as these episodes existed already in black and white.

One other point to note is that audio recordings, of highly variable quality, exist for each episode. All episodes made after the Jon Pertwee era survive in their original formats, although one was edited ("The Deadly Assassin" part 3) before a repeat showing, and another ("The Awakening" part 1) is retained by the BBC, but has been damaged.


To view archival details in the "floating window", please ensure you have Javascript enabled in your browser. Also, By clicking on the icons in the list below you can view whether episodes are available for purchase either on DVD or as CDs with linking narration. The pop-up windows allow you to see the titles of the individual episodes (pre-"The Savages") in case you come across them (!), whether the prints are damaged or incomplete, and also links to photonovels, if available.

Updated: December 16th, 2013: Finally added details of "The Moonbase" DVD.

Updated: February 22nd, 2014: This week, the TV nostalgia group "Kaleidoscope" found a copy of the 1959 BBC drama "Medico" after a discussion on its excellent Facebook page. The interesting thing is that documentation shows that this was never recorded by the BBC. Couple this with the find of an edition of "The Sky At Night" in an African TV station a few years ago (again, we are told this was never sold overseas and/or recorded) and the find of 10 "Doctor Who" episodes from 1964-1970 in Taiwan (who never bought these episodes at the time), and we must conclude that BBC documentation is not as firm as has been claimed. Certainly, we must question the unwavering claims from so-called authorities in the Doctor Who arena, some of whom have kept up a vendetta of hatred against me for 20 years and whose mentality regarding theories of missing episodes is, "If it sounds unlikely it probably is and therefore I can't be bothered to check."

Updated: September 1st, 2015: The BBC have finally announced that "The Underwater Menace" DVD is to be released on October 26th. Ordering details can be found here.

The murkier side of lost TV hunting was recently demonstrated when a missing episode of the TV series "Softly, Softly" (entitled "Recovery", ironically) was put up for auction on Ebay. The missing TV group Kaleidoscope was outbid and the episode eventually went for £770. Not long afterwards, the episode was put up for £2000 but, not surprisingly, there were no takers and the price was eventually reduced to £1000. Still no bids and the episode disappeared from view. Then a while later, the original bidder put the episode up for auction, the man who bought it for £770 giving negative feedback saying that the BBC already had a copy! The episode eventually sold for about £330. Was the "winning bidder" a shill account or had he got a refund from the original vendor? It is hard to tell.
The notion that the BBC had the episode already comes from a comment by Paul Vanezis, a missing TV episode hunter (with whom I have had dealings previously) after the £2000 sale price horrified TV buffs. Apparently, 15 years ago, a TV engineer had bought the film print for £50 ("and it was overpriced then" we were told) but had made a Digibeta copy which he gave to the BBC before selling the print on. The Digibeta copy hadn't been catalogued and thus no one knew about it. By an amazing coincidence, it was only now that this story came out and we were told that after the Ebay fiasco, the BBC was prompted to cataloguing it. I was suspicious, as the timing was odd. Attempts to get any information from the BBC Archive yielded nothing. I was contacted by a few people who thought that the "engineer with the Digibeta" story was a hoax, and was an attempt to try to get the Ebay vendor to reduce his price. If this is true, it is somewhat dishonest, even fraudulent as it was an attempt to get the price down, even though I do agree that £2000 was too much to ask.
I do wonder what will happen if a missing Doctor Who episode were to appear for a huge sum on Ebay: "sorry, it was found years ago, but wasn't entered into the system....since its practically worthless, you might as well hand it over..."
Or as a friend said in 1992, "If the BBC expects someone to hand over these episodes for nothing [after a collector had paid a lot for them] then they really do need their heads examining!" The collectors have this rare material; the BBC don't. And the BBC expect to make a fortune from it. Its clear from the Underwater Menace DVD that the BBC will resist the fan's petitions to release old material, and then when they they finally back down, produce a flimsy, lacklustre DVD in haste just to shut the fans up and make as much money as they can.

September 26th, 2015: Philip Morris announced at a convention today that he had found "The Web Of Fear" part 3 in Nigeria but that he believes it was stolen by the local TV Station manager and sold to a private collector. For this reason, this is why he kept quiet about further episode finds to prevent further finds being stolen.

February 19th, 2016: Dave Hoskins book, "Chasing Shadows", on the hunt for the missing episodes is to be published soon (there are Amazon links at the bottom of this page); I don't know if my interview with him is to be included. It might also be providential to ask people not to email me hints, leads and rumours on the missing episodes; my interest in them is minimal these days. Apart from "The Enemy Of the World" (which my wife bought for me without my knowledge), I haven't seen any of the episodes recovered since "Tomb of the Cybermen" in 1992. I don't want to get involved anymore.

April 15th, 2016: A discussion on the Kaleidoscope Facebook page caught my eye concerning missing radio programmes. In a conversation about some TV and radio broadcasters being "cold" to retrieved shows (recall Adam Lee in 1993 fronting "Missing Believed Wiped" saying anything was of interest, whereas he'd privately said differently), someone said; "What is the point in taking in something and using valuable (stretched) resources if the material isn't neded and they know where it is if they do need it. There is only only so much money to spend, and it is better spent on maintaining what they have properly...perhaps you would like to lobby your MP to see if they can get the Licence Fee quadrupled to pay for the 'we have to keep and take everything' approach."
This deserves some comment. First of all, how can they say if material isn't needed? TV shows junked in the 1970s are now in demand. Secondly, not wanting the material because they know where it is is a flimsy argument. Dick Fiddy told me that he had heard that some collectors had their recordings destroyed when they died - in some cases perhaps because their partners didn't know their wishes. What may be available now may not be in a few years time (I bet if this happened to Dr.Who, fans would be in an uproar!).

On a separate note, the Mausoleum Club forum tells us that "Steve Davis mentioned recently that the BBC has junked a lot of their 80's snooker output and Snooker collector, Roger Lee, has reaffirmed this." Coupled with the junking of children's shows in the 1990s, this could be a cause of worry!

July 2nd, 2016: In 2015, Martin Loach contacted Kaleidoscope saying that he had recovered 20 hours of material from reel-to-reel tapes, some of which were clips and some were missing programmes (albeit a few were incomplete), including the only edition of "We Want to Sing" to exist. Astonishingly, we are told that "Sadly neither the BFI or BBC were interested [in 2001/2]... BBC and BFI wanted broadcast quality material, 16mm or 2", not off-air reel to reel material which does break up and is not complete in many cases. Then there was the fact it wasn't catalogued so they didn't know what was there. Then they were mis-advised that the tapes were unplayable; and the Till Deaths were considered culturally important, but Redvers Kyle and bits of Holiday 69, not so."
Which, in my opinion, is a thoroughly revolting attitude, especially when these two organisations said at the first Missing Believed Wiped that even clips were of importance. Of course, at the time, the BBC was quietly wiping children's TV shows. So much for "culturally important". Perhaps we should seriously question how determined these organisations are in the preservation of lost TV shows. Of course, if it had been something that could be sold and could make money, I'm sure they'd be interested...
Fortunately, some 14 years later, both the BBC and BFI had changed their minds and were interested...but how much material had people tried to return previously and faced the cold shoulder?

August 20th, 2016: When interesting TV recovery discussions mutate or are diverted into Dr Who discussions, I can imagine the angst and fury amongst enthusiasts that such conversations have essentially been hijacked. Witness the fascinating comments on the Kaleidoscope Facebook group about the recovery of 30 line moving images from audio tape and the recovery of the "Intolerance" episode of "Till Death Us Do Part" ... one again, Dr Who was brought up. At about the same time the EBay hoax of "The Savages" part 1 (or was it 4?) materialised. Of course great interest was generated ... this never happens for other TV shows. So, yes I can believe TV fans being put out when Who fans are so blinkered and short sighted.

October 4th, 2016: The excellent discovery of the missing 1st season Avengers episode "Tunnel of Fear" has, of course, brought out the Who fans asking if episodes of their favourite show has been found, and some saying that installments of DW would be more significant. Cue indignation from certain quarters.


Story NameCodeEps

The First Doctor, William Hartnell

Season 1, 1963-64

An Unearthly Child
aka "100,000 BC"
aka "The Tribe of Gum"
A
The Daleks
aka "The Mutants"
aka "The Dead Planet"
B
The Edge of Destruction
aka "Inside the Spaceship"
aka "Beyond the Sun"
C
Marco PoloD
The Keys of MarinusE
The AztecsF
The SensoritesG
The Reign of TerrorH

Season 2, 1964-65

Planet of GiantsJ
The Dalek Invasion of EarthK
The RescueL
The RomansM
The Web PlanetN
The CrusadeP
The Space MuseumQ
The ChaseR
The Time MeddlerS

Season 3, 1965-66

Galaxy 4T
Mission to the Unknown
aka "Dalek Cutaway"
T/A
The Myth MakersU
The Daleks' Master PlanV
The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's EveW
The ArkX
The Celestial ToymakerY
The GunfightersZ
The SavagesAA
The War MachinesBB

Season 4, 1966-67

The SmugglersCC
The Tenth PlanetDD

The Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton

The Power of the DaleksEE
The HighlandersFF
The Underwater MenaceGG
The MoonbaseHH
The Macra TerrorJJ
The Faceless OnesKK
The Evil of the DaleksLL

Season 5, 1967-68

The Tomb of the CybermenMM
The Abominable SnowmenNN
The Ice WarriorsOO
The Enemy of the WorldPP
The Web of FearQQ
Fury From the DeepRR
The Wheel in SpaceSS

Season 6, 1968-69

The DominatorsTT
The Mind RobberUU
The InvasionVV
The KrotonsWW
The Seeds of DeathXX
The Space PiratesYY
The War GamesZZ

The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee


Season 7, 1970

Spearhead from SpaceAAA
Doctor Who and the SiluriansBBB
The Ambassadors of DeathCCC
InfernoDDD

Season 8, 1971

Terror of the AutonsEEE
The Mind of EvilFFF
The Claws of AxosGGG
Colony in SpaceHHH
The DæmonsJJJ

Season 9, 1972

Day of the DaleksKKK
The Curse of PeladonMMM
The Sea DevilsLLL
The MutantsNNN
The Time MonsterOOO

Season 10, 1972-73

The Three DoctorsRRR
Carnival of MonstersPPP
Frontier in SpaceQQQ
Planet of the DaleksSSS
The Green DeathTTT

Season 11, 1973-74

The Time WarriorUUU
Invasion of the DinosaursWWW
Death to the DaleksXXX
The Monster of PeladonYYY
Planet of the SpidersZZZ


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