The Doctor Who 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. They were wiped by the BBC
during the 1960s and 1970s for a variety of economic and space-saving
reasons. In all, there are 27 serials that do not exist in complete form in
the BBC's archives, because 108 of 253 episodes produced during the first
six years of the programme are missing. Many more were thought to have been
so in the past before episodes were recovered from a variety of sources,
most notably overseas broadcasters. Doctor Who is not unique in this
respect, as thousands of hours of programming from across all genres were
destroyed up until 1978, when the BBC's archiving policies were changed.
Unlike other series, Doctor Who is unique in having all of its missing
episodes surviving in audio form, recorded off-air by fans at home.
Additionally, every 1970s episode exists in some form, which is not the case
for several other series. Efforts to locate missing episodes continue, both
by the BBC and by fans of the series. Extensive restoration has been carried
out on many surviving and recovered 1960s and 1970s episodes for release on
VHS and more recently on DVD. The surviving soundtracks of missing episodes
have been released on cassette and more recently CD. Both fan groups and the
BBC have released reconstructions of missing episodes, matching photographs
from the episodes with the soundtracks.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
John Milton published Areopagitica, arguing for the right to free speech and
against publication censorship during the English Civil War.
The Manchester Martyrs were hanged in Manchester, England for their rescue
of two Irish nationalists, who played important roles in the failed Fenian
Rising, from jail.
The BBC television series Doctor Who premiered with William Hartnell in the
The People's Republic of China was given China's permanent seat on the
United Nations Security Council.
Omar Rezaq and two others from the Abu Nidal terrorist group hijacked
EgyptAir Flight 648 over the Mediterranean Sea.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
kismet (n) Fate; a predetermined or unavoidable destiny.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
History would be an excellent thing if only it were true.