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Land of the Lost

If you are interested the story behind Doctor Who’s lost episodes, have need of historical background on the BBC’s production of early Doctor Who, or required an (un)healthy OD level dose of television nerd serum. Then this book might be for you! 

Author Richard Molesworth has produced a wonderful book that shows great respect for the subject matter.  He’s provided us with a compelling and well researched tome.  It can be a bit technical and one wonders if that might turn off a number of fans. I however work in the television industry and enjoy it on that level too.  Too bad the cover is a bit rubbish.

It’s also the first Doctor Who book I’ve purchased since RTD’s A Writer’s Tale.  So in the modern era I’m 2 for 2!  WIN! 

The official blurby thing states:


In the 1960s, the BBC screened 253 episodes of its cult science fiction show Doctor Who, starring William Hartnell and then Patrick Troughton as the time travelling Doctor. Yet by 1975, the Corporation had wiped the master tapes of every single one of these episodes. Of the 124 Doctor Who episodes starring Jon Pertwee shown between 1970 and 1974, the BBC destroyed over half of the original transmission tapes within two years of their original broadcast.

In the years that followed, the BBC, along with dedicated fans of the series, began the arduous task of trying to track down copies of as many missing Doctor Who episodes as possible. The search covered BBC sales vaults, foreign television stations, overseas archives, and numerous networks of private film collectors, until the tally of missing programmes was reduced to just 108 episodes.

For the first time, this book looks in detail at how the episodes came to be missing in the first place, and examines how material subsequently came to be returned to the BBC. Along the way, those people involved in the recovery of lost slices of Doctor Who’s past tell their stories in candid detail, many for the very first time.

No more rumours, no more misinformation, no more fan gossip. The truth about Doctor Who’s missing episodes can now be told in full!


Go now.  Buy it.  It’s worthy of your shelf space.



Regarding Rod’s suggestion, “Go now. Buy it”: Could you post a link (or other information) about where to buy the thing. I’m pretty sure it’s not part of the regular stock of the little Coles in the next town…

Posted by Paul  on  01/19  at  08:51 PM

I’ve seen it in

Posted by Doug Grandy  on  01/20  at  06:51 AM

Got mine on Amazon.  But I’m sure you can get it from the publisher (Telos) as well.  A quick Google will provide you with various options…  guess it depends on where you live, you’ll want to cut down on shipping costs if possible.

Posted by Rod  on  01/20  at  06:13 PM

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