Press Release 2
The following news report is timed to coincide with the distribution of issue 65 of 'Time Space Visualiser' (the journal of the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club), which contains the first publication of the following news:
LOST WEB OF FEAR CLIPS DISCOVERED IN NEW ZEALAND
Three years after the discovery of 'The Crusade' Episode 1 in January 1999, a second 'Doctor Who' film find has been made in New Zealand. Just over a minute of lost Troughton era film clips have been unearthed, as part of a collection of over six minutes of 1960s 'Doctor Who', held by a film collector.
The 16mm film footage includes excerpts from 'The Ark', 'The Web of Fear' and 'The Wheel in Space'. The clips from these last two stories are of particular interest, as they feature brief segments from otherwise missing episodes. The majority of the scenes from missing episodes come from Episode 4 of 'The Web of Fear', but also included are scenes from Episodes 2 and 5, and Episode 5 of 'The Wheel in Space'.
'The Web of Fear' footage contains segments featuring the Doctor, Jamie, Victoria, and Professor and Anne Travers. Other segments show the Yeti in confrontation with the army, including one in which Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart is briefly visible. The footage from 'The Wheel in Space' is a collection of cuts to a fight scene between crewman Flannigan and two Cyber-controlled colleagues.
The discovery was made by Wellington 'Doctor Who' fan Graham Howard whilst helping to catalogue a collection of film reels. The clips are censor cuts that were made to the episodes before transmission by the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC). Unlike the Australian censor clips located in 1996, there does not appear to have been a statutory obligation in New Zealand to preserve the censored film clips. The footage was evidently discarded, before finding its way into private hands, along with edits from many other TV series from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The full story behind the discovery, including detailed descriptions of each of the Doctor Who clips and off-screen photos, appears in issue 65 (May 2002) of TSV (Time Space Visualiser), the journal of the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club (www.doctorwho.org.nz)
NOTE: The finder of the clips, Graham Howard, can be contacted c/o myself at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The recovered clips can now be found on the BBC's site on The Second Doctor Clips Page
Description of Recovered Clips
What follows is a brief description of those New Zealand censor clips that are from missing episodes. Timings are approximate. More detailed descriptions, the story behind their discovery, and additional photos are in TSV 65.
THE WEB OF FEAR
THE WHEEL IN SPACE