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(The Verge)   BBC releases 9 found Doctor Who episodes on iTunes. Androids, Cybermen disconsolate   (theverge.com) divider line 5
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2013-10-11 12:07:27 PM  
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HopScotchNSoda: I hate to be a cynic, but the timing seems suspicious.  How long might the Beeb have been holding onto these, only to release them this autumn with all of the hoopla and fan interest surrounding the fiftieth anniversary?

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad that they're out. I just wonder if we might have been able to have gotten sooner.

Meh, on the other hand, perhaps they were rushed into release (with the correspondingly higher costs for rushed restoration) in order to strike while the iron is hot, instead of not having them ready until next year.


My bet is rushed into release. It was only a couple months ago that there was word floating around that somebody unearthed them, and that's not a lot of turnaround time. Which is probably why they're doing this iTunes thing prior to DVD launch too- you don't have to deal with the costs or lead time of making and distributing physical media.

If they had had these in their pocket for a while, you'd probably see a more gradual rollout strategy. One or two a year, spaced out just enough to make it seem plausible that they were discovering and piecing them together. But really, it's pretty well known that the BBC destroyed the stuff, and considering that they've released what they've had in whole or in part already, it seems odd that they would release incomplete stuff with animation fill ins and have complete stories sitting in their pocket.

There's not a hidden agenda lurking behind every corner. Usually things are pretty much what the seem to be.
2013-10-11 11:24:04 AM  
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HopScotchNSoda: I hate to be a cynic, but the timing seems suspicious.  How long might the Beeb have been holding onto these, only to release them this autumn with all of the hoopla and fan interest surrounding the fiftieth anniversary?

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad that they're out. I just wonder if we might have been able to have gotten sooner.

Meh, on the other hand, perhaps they were rushed into release (with the correspondingly higher costs for rushed restoration) in order to strike while the iron is hot, instead of not having them ready until next year.


I don't know.  The BBC has the research: a wide majority of nuWho fans don't give two shiats about the "Classic" series.  They may get a boost, but it's going to be the diehards like you and I who will work at getting these.
2013-10-11 11:20:59 AM  
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lemurs: whizbangthedirtfarmer: I was elated to see this, and that they were classic Troughton episodes that are almost legendary (I read the novel for each, and they both were very good).  I was less elated about the iTunes thing.  WTF?

They're coming to DVD too, of course (the cover art's already floating around the interwebs).  The rumor is a late 2013 release for "Enemy of the World" and early 2014 for "Web of Fear".


But I WANT THEM NOW.  Anyhoo, hopefully these episodes (and a few more discoveries) will continue to move Troughton up the ranks.  He and McCoy are severely underappreciated for the spin they put on the Doctor.
2013-10-11 11:20:42 AM  
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I hate to be a cynic, but the timing seems suspicious.  How long might the Beeb have been holding onto these, only to release them this autumn with all of the hoopla and fan interest surrounding the fiftieth anniversary?

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad that they're out. I just wonder if we might have been able to have gotten sooner.

Meh, on the other hand, perhaps they were rushed into release (with the correspondingly higher costs for rushed restoration) in order to strike while the iron is hot, instead of not having them ready until next year.
2013-10-11 11:15:25 AM  
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That leaves just 97 missing, right?
 
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