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List of Missing Doctor Who Episodes (by Tim Harris)

First posted to the internet: Sunday 7th April 2013. Updated Wednesday 16th October 2013.

Mildly spruced-up Sunday 15th November 2015.


Disappointingly, 97 black and white episodes of Doctor Who made in the 1960s (99 including 2 original edits of episodes from Planet of Giants) no longer seem to exist, at least not in the BBC archives.

In 2013 nine episodes (Enemy of the World 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and The Web of Fear 2, 4, 5, 6) became the most recently re-discovered episodes and hope remains more will turn up in the future.

There are also two missing Doctor Who connected episodes of another 1960s series, Out of the Unknown, that the world at large needs greater awareness of. These therefore also form part of the list of missing episodes.

For the first three Doctor Who series (until The Savages), story episodes had individual titles but those stories they belong to are now widely known by an umbrella title: it's still possible that throughout the world people have episodes they do not know are missing. Any surviving canisters of thought-to-be-lost Doctor Who episodes are likely to have the individual on-air title written on them and not the umbrella title. Air Lock is part three of Galaxy 4 and it's Air Lock that would have appeared on the canister. The canisters likely also show the Production Code assigned to each story and these are included here in the first column.

There are several lists of missing episodes on the internet but one more won't harm the process of enlightening the world as to what is missing, especially during the series' 50 anniversary year. The BBC itself has a list of missing episodes at...

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/episodeguide/missingepisodes.shtml

...but this does not list the individual episode titles for missing episodes and uses the umbrella titles. It's also not up-to-date as at the time of writing. This page then refers to The Treasure Hunt website which can be found at...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/treasurehunt/

...but which has a claimer at the top which says "...we're no longer updating this page" and is not up-to-date either. Hopefully the contact details are still active for anyone returning lost episodes: if you find a Yeti episode sitting on a toilet in Tooting Bec please contact The Treasure Hunt team.

Andrew O'Day with Philip Morris (The genius who hunts down missing episodes of Doctor Who)

Above: Philip Morris (right) who discovered nine previously missing Doctor Who episodes in 2013, pictured here with Doctor Who academic Doctor Andrew O'Day.

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Series 1 (1963 to 1964) - William Hartnell

  Story Title Missing Episode Titles

(it is likely to be this title which appears on any film canisters).

Transmission Dates

D Marco Polo

(All 7 episodes are currently missing)

The Roof Of The World

The Singing Sands

Five Hundred Eyes

The Wall Of Lies

Rider From Shang-Tu

Mighty Kublau-Khan

Assassin At Peking

22-Feb-1964

29-Feb-1964

07-Mar-1964

14-Mar-1964

21-Mar-1964

28-Mar-1964

04-Apr-1964

H The Reign of Terror

(Episodes 4 and 5 are currently missing)

The Tyrant Of France

A Bargain Of Necessity

29-Aug-1964

05-Sep-1964


Series 2 (1964 to 1965) - William Hartnell

  Story Title Missing Episode Titles

(it is likely to be this title which appears on any film canisters).

Transmission Dates

J Planet of Giants Crisis (original edit)

The Urge To Live

This was to originally have been a 4-part story and was recorded as such. The 3rd and 4th episodes were then condensed into 1 episode, titled Crisis as per the original title of the 3rd part and was broadcast as such.

It is more than likely that the original 2 episodes (even above all the other episodes listed on this page) do not exist in any format but this would not be a full and accurate list of missing episodes without their being mentioned here. And you just never know. It would be nice to think that out there somewhere could be footage of The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan that we've never seen or heard before.

Unaired

Unaired

P The Crusade

(Episodes 2 and 4 are currently missing)

The Knights Of Jaffa

The Warlords

03-Apr-1965

17-Apr-1965


Series 3 (1965 to 1966) - William Hartnell

  Story Title Missing Episode Titles

(it is likely to be this title which appears on any film canisters).

Transmission Dates

T Galaxy Four

(Episodes 1, 2 and 4 are currently missing)

Four Hundred Dawns

Trap Of Steel

The Exploding Planet

11-Sep-1965

18-Sep-1965

02-Oct-1965

T/A Mission to the Unknown

(This was a single episode story)

Mission to the Unknown

It is also mildly possible that this episode could be written as:

Dalek Cutaway

09-Oct-1965
U The Myth Makers

(All 4 episodes are currently missing)

Temple Of Secrets

Small Prophet Quick Return

Death Of A Spy

Horse Of Destruction

16-Oct-1965

23-Oct-1965

30-Oct-1965

06-Oct-1965

V The Daleks' Masterplan

(Episodes 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 are currently missing)

The Nightmare Begins

Devilís Planet

The Traitors

Coronas Of The Sun

The Feast Of Steven

Volcano

Golden Death

The Abandoned Planet

The Destruction Of Time

13-Nov-1965

27-Nov-1965

04-Dec-1965

18-Dec-1965

25-Dec-1965

01-Jan-1966

08-Jan-1966

22-Jan-1966

29-Jan-1966

W The Massacre (also known as: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve)

(All 4 episodes are currently missing)

The War Of God

The Sea Beggar

The Priest Of Death

Bell Of Doom

05-Feb-1966

12-Feb-1966

19-Feb-1966

26-Feb-1966

Y The Celestial Toymaker

(Episodes 1, 2 and 3 are currently missing)

The Celestial Toyroom

The Hall Of Dolls

The Dancing Floor

02-Apr-1966

09-Apr-1966

16-Apr-1966

AA The Savages

(All 4 episodes are currently missing)

The Savages Episode 1

The Savages Episode 2

The Savages Episode 3

The Savages Episode 4

28-May-1966

04-Jun-1966

11-Jun-1966

18-Jun-1966


Series 4 (1966 to 1967) - William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton

  Story Title Missing Episode Titles

(it is likely to be this title which appears on any film canisters).

Transmission Dates

CC The Smugglers

(All 4 episodes are currently missing)

The Smugglers Episode 1

The Smugglers Episode 2

The Smugglers Episode 3

The Smugglers Episode 4

10-Sep-1966

17-Sep-1966

24-Sep-1966

01-Oct-1966

DD The Tenth Planet The Tenth Planet Episode 4 29-Oct-1966
EE The Power of the Daleks

(All 6 episodes are currently missing)

The Power of the Daleks Episode 1

The Power of the Daleks Episode 2

The Power of the Daleks Episode 3

The Power of the Daleks Episode 4

The Power of the Daleks Episode 5

The Power of the Daleks Episode 6

05-Nov-1966

12-Nov-1966

19-Nov-1966

26-Nov-1966

03-Dec-1966

10-Dec-1966

FF The Highlanders

(All 4 episodes are currently missing)

The Highlanders Episode 1

The Highlanders Episode 2

The Highlanders Episode 3

The Highlanders Episode 4

17-Dec-1966

24-Dec-1966

31-Dec-1966

07-Jan-1967

GG The Underwater Menace

(Episodes 1 and 4 are currently missing)

The Underwater Menace Episode 1

The Underwater Menace Episode 4

14-Jan-1967

04-Feb-1967

HH The Moonbase

(Episodes 1 and 3 are currently missing)

The Moonbase Episode 1

The Moonbase Episode 3

11-Feb-1967

25-Feb-1967

JJ The Macra Terror

(All 4 episodes are currently missing)

The Macra Terror Episode 1

The Macra Terror Episode 2

The Macra Terror Episode 3

The Macra Terror Episode 4

11-Mar-1967

18-Mar-1967

25-Mar-1967

01-Apr-1967

KK The Faceless Ones

(Episodes 2, 4, 5 and 6 are currently missing)

The Faceless Ones Episode 2

The Faceless Ones Episode 4

The Faceless Ones Episode 5

The Faceless Ones Episode 6

15-Apr-1967

29-Apr-1967

06-May-1967

13-May-1967

LL The Evil of the Daleks

(Episodes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are currently missing)

The Evil of the Daleks Episode 1

The Evil of the Daleks Episode 3

The Evil of the Daleks Episode 4

The Evil of the Daleks Episode 5

The Evil of the Daleks Episode 6

The Evil of the Daleks Episode 7

20-May-1967

03-Jun-1967

10-Jun-1967

17-Jun-1967

24-Jun-1967

01-Jul-1967


Series 5 (1967 to 1968) - Patrick Troughton

  Story Title Missing Episode Titles

(it is likely to be this title which appears on any film canisters).

Transmission Dates

NN The Abominable Snowmen

(Episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are currently missing)

The Abominable Snowmen Episode 1

The Abominable Snowmen Episode 3

The Abominable Snowmen Episode 4

The Abominable Snowmen Episode 5

The Abominable Snowmen Episode 6

30-Sep-1967

14-Oct-1967

21-Oct-1967

28-Oct-1967

04-Nov-1967

OO The Ice Warriors

(Episodes 2 and 3 are currently missing)

The Ice Warriors Episode 2

The Ice Warriors Episode 3

18-Nov-1967

25-Nov-1967

QQ The Web of Fear

The Web of Fear Episode 3

17-Feb-1968

RR Fury from the Deep

(All 6 episodes are currently missing)

Fury from the Deep Episode 1

Fury from the Deep Episode 2

Fury from the Deep Episode 3

Fury from the Deep Episode 4

Fury from the Deep Episode 5

Fury from the Deep Episode 6

16-Mar-1968

23-Mar-1968

30-Mar-1968

06-Apr-1968

13-Apr-1968

20-Apr-1968

SS The Wheel in Space

(Episodes 1, 2, 4 and 5 are currently missing)

The Wheel in Space Episode 1

The Wheel in Space Episode 2

The Wheel in Space Episode 4

The Wheel in Space Episode 5

27-Apr-1968

04-May-1968

18-May-1968

25-May-1968


Series 6 (1968 to 1969) - Patrick Troughton

  Story Title Missing Episode Titles

(it is likely to be this title which appears on any film canisters).

Transmission Dates

VV The Invasion

(Episodes 1, and 4 are currently missing)

The Invasion Episode 1

The Invasion Episode 4

02-Nov-1968

23-Nov-1968

YY The Space Pirates

(Episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are currently missing)

The Space Pirates Episode 1

The Space Pirates Episode 3

The Space Pirates Episode 4

The Space Pirates Episode 5

The Space Pirates Episode 6

08-Mar-1969

22-Mar-1969

29-Mar-1969

05-Apr-1969

12-Apr-1969


Let's also hear it for... Out of the Unknown

Out Of The Unknown book coverOut of the Unknown was a 1960s science fiction anthology series made by The BBC, each episode lasting around 50 minutes and from which many episodes are currently missing. Two series were made in black and white and two in colour.

Whilst it would be good news for any of the missing episodes of this series to turn up, there are two that are of especially great interest as they have connections to Doctor Who: Get Off My Cloud (which featured Daleks and The Tardis), and The Prophet, which features robot suits that were later used in the Doctor Who story The Mind Robber.

There's an amazing book available (the cover is shown to the left) which is a very detailed guide to the series as a whole and can be found at:

http://www.kaleidoscopepublishing.co.uk/books-ootu.html

The book features John Cura Telesnaps where they exist and details plot, production and visual material in a hefty tome comprising around 496 large-size pages. Highly recommended.

It would be nice if The BBC would repeat the episodes that do still exist but only Thirteen To Centaurus has made it onto BBC 4 in recent years to my own knowledge. Or a DVD release would be a very pleasing reality.


    Missing Episode Titles

(it is likely to be this title which appears on any film canisters).

Transmission Dates

  Series 1 The Fox And The Forest 22-Nov-1965
  Series 1 Andover And The Android 29-Nov-1965
  Series 2 Frankenstein Mk II 13-Oct-1966
  Series 2 Level Seven 27-Oct-1966
  Series 2 Second Childhood 10-Nov-1966
  Series 2 The World In Silence 17-Nov-1966
  Series 2 The Bye 24-Nov-1966
  Series 2 Tunnel Under The World 01-Dec-1966
  Series 2 The Fastest Draw 08-Dec-1966
  Series 2 Too Many Cooks 15-Dec-1966
  Series 2 Walk's End 22-Dec-1966
  Series 2 Satisfaction Guaranteed 29-Dec-1966
  Series 2 The Prophet

69 or so John Cura Telesnaps exist of this episode, some featuring the robots that later appeared in Doctor Who story The Mind Robber. Some audio recording exists for this episode but not for the whole episode (although it would be nice to think somebody/ies may have recorded it on a home reel-to-reel tape recorder when the episode was transmitted).

01-Jan-1967
  Series 3 Immortality Inc 07-Jan-1969
  Series 3 Liar ! 14-Jan-1969
  Series 3 Beachhead 28-Jan-1969
  Series 3 Something In The Cellar 04-Feb-1969
  Series 3 Random Quest 11-Feb-1969
  Series 3 The Naked Sun 18-Feb-1969
  Series 3 The Little Black Bag 25-Feb-1969
  Series 3 1 + 1 = 1.5 04-Mar-1969
  Series 3 The Fosters 11-Mar-1969
  Series 3 Target Generation 18-Mar-1969
  Series 3 The Yellow Pill 25-Mar-1969
  Series 3 Get Off My Cloud

The Daleks and Tardis are known to be fictional in the episode but are drawn into existence either through dreams or mind games.

Sadly no Telesnaps appear to exist for this episode whilst some audio recording exists, though not for the whole production (although it would be nice to think somebody/ies may have recorded it on a home reel-to-reel tape recorder when the episode was transmitted).

A few photos are known to exist but they do not contain The Daleks or Tardis. One of the photos appears on the book cover featured elsewhere on this page, in the fourth of the pictures contained within circles (the two men looking like they're in Lost In Space style costumes).

01-Apr-1969
  Series 4 Taste Of Evil 21-Apr-1971
  Series 4 The Sons And Daughters Of Tomorrow 19-May-1971
  Series 4 The Last Witness 02-Jun-1971
  Series 4 The Chopper 16-Jun-1971
  Series 4 The Uninvited 23-Jun-1971

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