This week kicks off with a colorful new rumor about the reputedly recovered missing DOCTOR WHO stories: Footage from “The Enemy of the World,” a lost Patrick Troughton Second Doctor episode, will be included on the September DVD release of “The Terror of the Zygons” as a way to announce/ promote the return of the 90 presumed-destroyed episodes.
If true — and we know how big an if that is — this would be very exciting and sure to boost sales of the Zygons disc far beyond what is already expected to be a popular release. But how credible is this particular rumor? Of all the rumors swirling around this issue (and they are all unsubstantiated), this is not very believable to me. The DOCTOR WHO DVD packages are very impressive, packed with content that clearly takes months to put together, so I have a problem believing that something so significant as a teaser for a returned story could be kept a complete secret during that process. I would like it to be true, but it seems like a reach.
As a tangent to this latest rumor, the website Bleeding Cool has taken the opportunity to sketch out even more details about the “found footage” rumors — while clearly noting that this is all still unsubstantiated rumor.
BC says that the 90 episodes were uncovered over the course of two years, and the reason that there have been “negotiations” about turning the programs over to BBC Worldwide is that the person (call him Mr. X) who has the tapes wants the programs gussied up and restored to their former glory before release to the public, while BBCW wants to release the stories immediately, as-is. But more than that, Mr. X was allegedly withholding the tapes because he wants Steven Moffat removed as executive producer of DW!
Personally, I find that last bit to be fairly ridiculous. While Moffat may not be (Okay, he isn’t) everyone’s cup of tea, the idea of holding lost stories hostage against Moffat’s firing is ludicrous. The Grand Moff hasn’t been relieved of his duties and that does not appear to be happening anytime soon.
(Then again, Matt Smith’s departure from the title role came out of a clear blue sky, as well…)
Anyway, back to the BC version of events: Former DW Executive Producer Caroline Skinner had been in charge of the negotiations but, as we all know, she was let go after a major falling-out with Moffat. But, however bad that may appear to have left things, somehow contracts have been signed, clearing the way for the release of “Marco Polo,” “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear” — 17 of the reported 90 recovered episodes.
So there you have it: The “Terror of the Zygons” DVD may or may not have once-missing footage on it. Does that make you want to pre-order the story?