Lost in Time (Doctor Who)

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Doctor Who: Lost in Time, Region 1 boxart with both the William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton collections.

Doctor Who - Lost in Time is a BBC three-disc boxset DVD released in 2004. It is a collection of restored Doctor Who episodes and clips from stories that are incomplete or otherwise missing from the Corporation's archives. There were, at the time of release, 108 episodes of the programme not known to exist, all from the black-and-white 1960s era; although the search goes on - with two new episodes recovered seven years later in December 2011, and a further nine episodes in October 2013 - many or all of them may be lost forever, hence this collection's title. Audio recordings of all the episodes' soundtracks do exist – made off-air at the time of transmission by fans – and have been archived by the BBC. The visual and audio quality of episodes and clips as originally recovered varies, although the BBC-affiliated Doctor Who Restoration Team has worked to improve the quality for release.

Footage found in the set varies from complete episodes to extremely short surviving clips that were cut either for time or for censorship reasons. Several episodes in the set include commentary tracks moderated by Gary Russell and featuring actors and crew from the original productions.

In the UK, the set was only available as a single 3-disc set. In North America, it was available either as separate 1-disc William Hartnell and 2-disc Patrick Troughton sets or in a box with both collections.

A year after the set was released, three clips from The Power of the Daleks were found on a 1966 edition of Tomorrow's World (aired as part of the clip-filled nostalgia series Sunday Past Times) and subsequently given to the BBC. The clips have since been archived by the Corporation and released on the Genesis of the Daleks DVD ("The Dalek Tapes" documentary) and on the Trial of a Time Lord DVD ("Now Get Out of That" documentary, disc 3). In 2011, two more complete episodes were returned to the BBC - episode 3 of Galaxy 4 was released as part of a reconstruction of the whole story that was included on the special edition DVD release of The Aztecs, while episode 2 of The Underwater Menace is yet (as of 2015) to receive a release - while in 2013, nine more episodes (every previously-missing episode from The Enemy of the World, plus episodes 2 and 4-6 of The Web of Fear) were recovered; both stories were immediately released on iTunes, and The Enemy of the World was released on DVD on 25 November 2013, with The Web of Fear released on DVD on 24 February 2014.

Due to budget reasons, unlike most other Doctor Who DVD releases, Lost in Time does not feature text commentary or a Photo Gallery.

In Australia (Region 4) the set was originally released on 2 December 2004[1][2][3] in Digipak packaging, and then was re-released on 1 July 2010[4] in standard Keep case packaging.


Hartnell Era[edit]

  • 008 (The Reign of Terror): Brief 8mm clips from Episodes 4 and 5, made by a fan pointing a mute cine camera at a TV screen during transmission. These have been synced up with the appropriate sections from the extant soundtrack.
  • 014 (The Crusade): Episodes 1 and 3, plus soundtracks for 2 and 4. Also includes introduction and linking material provided by actor William Russell in character as Ian Chesterton (originally recorded for the 1999 VHS release of the story and accessible when the story is viewed via the "Play All" option). Episode 3 has a commentary option featuring actor Julian Glover, with its production slate hidden as an "Easter Egg".
  • 018 (Galaxy 4): A lengthy sequence from Episode 1, plus an off-air film recording clip from the beginning of the episode. The lengthy sequence is not included on this disc, instead kept within The Missing Years – see below.
  • 020 (The Myth Makers): Off-air film recording clips of episodes 1, 2 and 4.
  • 021 (The Daleks' Master Plan): Episodes 2, 5 and 10, plus clips from other episodes (including film sequences from Episode 2). Episode 2 has a commentary option featuring actors Peter Purves and Kevin Stoney, and designer Raymond Cusick.
  • 024 (The Celestial Toymaker): Episode 4.
  • 026 (The Savages): Off-air film recording clips of episode 4.
  • 028 (The Smugglers): Brief clips and amateur footage showing the filming on-location (not episode clips).
  • 029 (The Tenth Planet): Various footage from Episode 4, including off-air film recordings (poor quality).

Troughton Era[edit]

  • 030 (The Power of the Daleks): Clips including footage re-used in surviving programs, off-air film recordings, and a trailer aired on the BBC ahead of the original transmission.
  • 031 (The Highlanders): Censored clips and some on-location footage (poor quality).
  • 032 (The Underwater Menace): Episode 3 and censored clips. This episode was, at the time, the earliest surviving episode to feature Patrick Troughton as the Doctor and Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon. (Actor Frazer Hines' introduction to this episode from an earlier VHS boxset is also included as an "Easter Egg".)
  • 033 (The Moonbase): Episodes 2 and 4, plus soundtracks for 1 and 3.
  • 034 (The Macra Terror): Clips including censored footage and off-air film recordings.
  • 035 (The Faceless Ones): Episodes 1 and 3, plus a clip from an off-air film recording of Episode 2.
  • 036 (The Evil of the Daleks): Episode 2, with a commentary option featuring actor Deborah Watling moderated by Gary Russell. Also The Last Dalek – footage showing the filming of model and effects sequences at Ealing Studios, and a recreated climactic sequence combining this footage with the original soundtrack (see The Missing Years, below).
  • 038 (The Abominable Snowmen): Episode 2, clips from Episode 4, and amateur footage showing the filming on-location. There is a commentary option on the episode featuring Deborah Watling.
  • 040 (The Enemy of the World): Episode 3.
  • 041 (The Web of Fear): Episode 1 plus censored clips from other episodes, with a commentary option on the episode featuring Deborah Watling and story editor Derrick Sherwin.
  • 042 (Fury from the Deep): Censored clips, footage from the filming of the final episode in studio, and a recreated climactic sequence combining such footage with the original soundtrack.
  • 043 (The Wheel in Space): Episodes 3 and 6 plus censored clips from other episodes, the latter episode with a commentary option featuring story editor Derrick Sherwin and director Tristan de Vere Cole.
  • 049 (The Space Pirates): Episode 2, plus surviving film sequences from Episode 1.

The Missing Years[edit]

In addition, the 1998 documentary The Missing Years is included on disc 3. It details the loss and recovery of 1960s episodes and is presented by Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling. It features the longest extant clip from an otherwise-missing Doctor Who episode – over six minutes of Episode 1 of Galaxy 4; a version of "The Final End" recreating the climax of The Evil of the Daleks; fan Ian Levine stating that he believes there will never be fewer than 110 missing episodes, then begging to be proven wrong (which he later was: as of October 2013 there are 97 episodes missing); and a lengthy recreation of the first regeneration sequence put together from all that exists of the end of The Tenth Planet and the start of The Power of the Daleks. The feature was previously released on VHS.

In its original form, this documentary was presented in an earlier VHS boxset (The Ice Warriors in the UK, and with The Edge of Destruction and Dr. Who: The Pilot Episode in North America); both regions shared the tape with the one surviving episode of The Underwater Menace (with Hines' intro as mentioned above), which pre-dates the rediscovery of some of the Lost in Time content.

The DVD presentation includes some new footage documenting the return of two previously missing episodes – "The Lion" (Episode 1 of The Crusade) was discovered in New Zealand in 1999, while "Day of Armageddon" (Episode 2 of The Daleks' Master Plan) was returned in 2004 by a former BBC employee. This addendum ends the documentary.

Since the release of Lost in Time, further material that was presumed missing has been recovered. These range in length from brief footage from The Power of the Daleks to the whole of The Enemy of the World. Most of the recovered material has been released (or scheduled for release) on DVD, often as bonus items on the DVDs of other stories.


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