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Missing Doctor Who episode to premiere in December

There is exciting news for fans of the second Doctor. The Wheel in Space, starring Patrick Troughton has a newly animated mini episode! This animation will be premiering at the BFI’s Missing Believed Wiped event in December.

Missing Believed Wiped will celebrate its 25th birthday on 15 December at BFI Southbank. During this event they will present lost TV classics, music and comedy. One of the recreated lost classics debuting will be the highly-anticipated Doctor Who animated mini-episode based on the lost first part of The Wheel in Space story arc from 1968.

The Wheel in Space

The Wheel in Space features Patrick Troughton’s second Doctor as well as companion Jamie, played by Frazer Hines. After the TARDIS materialised on board a space ship the Doctor and Jamie find themselves under attack. Cybermats and Cybermen ensue in this classic Doctor Who adventure.

This story arc was originally six episodes in length. Though only episodes three and six have been found fully intact in the BBC archives. It was announced last year that this newly reconstructed episode will be released exclusively to Britbox.

This story arc is especially important to fans of the Cybermen as this is the first time the iconic tear drop motif appears in the television program.

There are currently still 97 missing Doctor Who episodes. However, Philip Morris, who will be presenting at the event is quite sure that more will be found soon. He explains, “I think the door is open for future recoveries of Doctor Who.” He insists that he is confident that more content will come forward.

Also at the Event

Missing episodes of Morecambe and Wise, Sid James’ sitcom Citizen James, and the earliest surviving episode from the first series of The Basil Brush Show will also premiere at the event. 

Dick Fiddy, BFI Archive Television Programmer spearheads Missing Believed Wiped. Fiddy recently noted:

“Over the last 25 years our events have showcased some of the most important finds to have been located and returned to official archives.”

Vince Hill at The Talk of the Town (BBC 1969) will be introduced by Vince Hill himself, who is celebrating his 60th year in showbiz. Alongside this we are delighted to screen a brand new animation of a missing Doctor Who episode and, back by popular demand, the infamous Stars and Garters segment that proved such a huge hit at our 2016 event. We also sneak in a very special – once missing – clip of the late, great Aretha Franklin from It’s Lulu (1970).


Tickets for Session One: Music and More on 15 December are currently on sale to BFI members. Ticket sales for the general public will be available starting 13 November. The total run time will be 125 minutes. For more information about the event and tickets visit the BFI website.