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Submission + - Lost Doctor Who classic returns as an animation on November 5th. (doctorwhotv.co.uk)

BigBadBus writes: The lost 1966 Doctor Who story "The Power of the Daleks" is to be released as an animation from the BBC; the episodes will be "broadcast" one at a time from November 5th (the 50th anniversary of its one and only UK transmission) and for the next five days with a DVD release coming later on in the month. The BBC has previously animated episodes if it meant completing a story with only one or two installments missing; they had also done this with a lost show from the "Dad's Army" sitcom and had inquired of Dr Who fans if they would be willing to pay for animations of completely lost stories. This still leaves 97 live action episodes to find; the last were in 2013.

Submission + - SPAM: Lost Doctor Story to be released as animation

BigBadBus writes: The lost 1966 Doctor Who story, "The Power of the Daleks" is to be released in an animated version according to the UK Mirror Newspaper. The story is significant as it is the first story to feature the newly regenerated Doctor, starring Patrick Troughton. However, only a few live action clips exist from the story. For weeks now, BBC Worldwide have issued takedown orders to anyone leaking animated clips on YouTube.
There are still 97 live action episodes missing however; the last were unearthed in 2013.

Comment Hmmmm (Score 4, Interesting) 129

Some Titanic enthusiasts are already pointing out errors, such as the rate of list and the time scale of the flooding; I can't speak for this having not seen the video but my analysis of how the ship sank is here. Personally I have doubts as one person who worked on the project is a known plagiarist and one of the authors is a cherry picker of data (he insists that the ship had a massive list to port when she went under but only one of the three survivors who was on the Titanic till the last mentioned it, and his evidence is suspect, like claiming he was in freezing cold water for hours without any ill effect whatsoever). BTW, my own Titanic stuff is on this page.

Comment Re:Surprised "The Power of the Daleks" was lost (Score 1) 79

The point is: Canada only bought up to and including Marco Polo in the mid 1960s. The US bought most of the first three Pertwee seasons in the early/mid 1970s. By the time they got round to buying other episodes, including black and white, the stories we've mentioned here didn't exist anymore. They weren't officially sold to Canada and yet my friend saw them.

Comment Re:Surprised "The Power of the Daleks" was lost (Score 1) 79

You know, I had a friend in Canada who swore blind he saw 1960s episodes broadcast that are now missing but when this was mentioned to the upper echelons of Dr.Who fandom, we were told it wasn't true, his memory was faulty, or that he was wrong. The man is sure he was right, but to those of Fandom Royalty, it seemed to be much effort to check the basis of this story. It was much easier to label it as "rumour" or "wrong."

Submission + - Man Who Found Missing Dr Who Episodes Teases "More To Come" (bleedingcool.com)

BigBadBus writes: In late 2013, Philip Morris announced that he had found 9 missing episodes of 1960s Dr.Who, which completed the 1968 story "Enemy of the World" and most of "The Web of Fear." He has now gone on record to talk about the only episode of these stories that he didn't find — namely part 3 of "Web of Fear" and teases of more episode finds to come.

Submission + - The Titanic Was Officially Found 30 Years Ago

BigBadBus writes: In the early hours of 1st September 1985, a camera package operated by a joint French-American team uncovered the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, sunk 73 years before. The leader of that portion of the expedition, Dr.Robert D.Ballard went on to great success while the French team, who did 80% of the work, have been more or less forgotten.
That expedition marked the first time that humans had seen the wreck for 7 decades — or had they? Since then, some little evidence has emerged that says the wreck was actually found at least ten years previously, but documents that would prove this are classified until 2033. What we know of the backstory can be found here which also describes Dr.Ballard's intense secrecy in 1985, how his company stood to gain from the discovery and his changing attitude towards salvage when museusm turned down his proposal to "traffic" in recovered artefacts.
Disclosure: I am the author of that article.

Submission + - DNA Trounces A Titanic Fraud (wordpress.com)

BigBadBus writes: When the Titanic sank in April 1912, the only first class child to perish was 2 year old Loraine Allison; the Allison's maid, Alice Cleaver had already absconded with baby Trevor, leaving the child's grief-stricken parents to search the ship for their son, unaware that he was safe in a lifeboat. The three members of the Allison family left on the Titanic perished together.
In future decades, a lady by the name of Helen Loraine Kramer came forward to claim that she was actually Loraine, and that she had been saved by a "Mr.Hyde" who had bundled her into a lifeboat. There seemed to be no proof to back up this claim, and suspicions were further stoked when Hyde was identified as the Titanic's chief designer, Thomas Andrews, who it seemed had turned his back on his family in Ireland to raise Loraine as his own. The further fact that Kramer/Allison would have to be 9 years old when she gave birth to her first daughter was seemingly no impediment to this bizarre story. With Kramer's death, her granddaughter Debrina Woods took up the mantle of proving the link to the Allison family, alluding to suitcases of evidence to back up her claim, but prevaricating on whether any DNA testing had been carried out, while she writes her book and movie script.
A few weeks back, a rival researcher acting on behalf of the actual Allison family finally got the results of the mitochondrial DNA analysis of Kramer and descendants of the Allisons: there was no match, meaning that Kramer's claims can now be consigned to the dustbin used to file the similar bogus claims of Princess Anastasia/Anna Anderson and other frauds.
This has not detered Woods, who has claimed to have "CLOSER genetic participants" than her opponent, but this simply shows ignorance of how mitochondrial DNA is passed down the family line.

Comment Rephrase the question - and a Merry Christmas! (Score -1, Offtopic) 189

Perhaps I can ask about improving YOUR chances of getting these discounted items? :)
You could go to my website (see the URL below) and click on and one of the Amazon links; you don't have to buy the item on display as you can remove it from your shopping basket. We get a tiny commission (about 10 cents or less) for each item sold while you are logged on.
Have a very Merry Christmas (and who knows, maybe next Christmas WE can afford to buy some of these wonderfully discounted items :)

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