Jonathan Morris examines the tradgedy that led to the many Doctor Who stories to be missing from the BBC Archives and what we are missing by not being able to watch them.
Snapshot of History
The wealth of telesnaps that exist is down to the work of just one man - John Cura. Richard Bignell examines who he was and why he took the photos.
"It's far from being all over..." - DWM editor Tom Spilsbury explains that a second volume of Second Doctor stories may be published as a special but this is depending on sales of this issue and mindfull of the fact that there are more Second Doctor stories missing from the television archives AND that some telesnaps are still missing.
Episodes 1-3 (Text synopses only as episodes exist in the BBC Archives)
Each missing episode is presented as a four-page spread of 63 telesnap stills with accompanying episode summaries.
Episodes are arranged in order by season (each with a checklist of missing episodes and their respective telesnaps). Where a televised record exists the story is told in a one-page summary with the telesnap reconstruction compiled by Marcus Hearn, Richard Bignell or Andrew Pixley with introduction and summaries presented by Jonathan Morris.
It is not just the original televised stories that are missing from the archives. There are also a number of telesnaps missing. Many of these were in the private hands of people involved in the making of the show as a record of their work. The final discovery to date of telesnaps was in October 2003 which led to the recovery of six of the seven episodes of Marco Polo from director Waris Hussein.
There is no publisher's summary on the back cover which is instead given over to a full colour advertisement to the Royal Mail 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Stamp and Collectibles.
This magazine and had a cover price of £5.99 (UK) / $11.99 (US)