A number of early Doctor Who episodes that were long thought destroyed may have been unearthed. If true, a complete Doctor Who DVD collection is, for the first time, possible.

As fans of classic Doctor Who are aware, in the early days of television, the BBC had a habit of throwing things away instead of storing them. Among the long gone items are various Doctor Who episodes from the first three Doctors as well as live performances of a relatively then unknown band, The Beatles.

Reasons for the destruction varied, but space was at a premium, and the concept of the rerun and selling to other stations wasn’t yet fully formulated.
In particular, Doctor Who was thought of as a children’s show, and common thought then was that no one was going to buy the rebroadcast rights to something non-adult.

On top of this, the home entertainment market didn’t come about until the late 1980’s, almost a decade and a half after the disposal.

Over the years some material was recovered. Thanks to British colonialism, Doctor Who was shown in the Commonwealth nations and various reels have turned up everywhere from Australia to Nigeria and been restored.

One of the people who lead the hunt and restoration process over the years was superfan and U.K. media mogal Ian Levine. Levine even bankrolled part of the process.

What was able to be found over the years were the all audio files and PR stills. Audio files were mostly fans who recorded their favorite episodes any way they could since there were no VCR’s.

This media was and is still being processed and then animated for DVD in order to complete collections, albeit not in a perfect way. The image above, is a still that was released for this in-process work.

This all brings us to the last 24 hours where Bleeding Cool News is reporting, after a spectacular job of detective work, that an enormous cache of missing episodes, as well as other BBC lost footage has been recovered.

Ian Levine, though at first was doubtful of the Bleeding Cool News story, has managed to corroborate their facts, and is less than pleased. It seems that he specifically asked the powers that be about such a discovery and, according to his Twitter, had its existence denied to his face.

Given his past history, with the franchise he’s not taking it well.

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BBC has since responded to the Bleeding Cool News article with what amounts to a no comment answer, “There are always rumours and speculation about Doctor Who missing episodes being discovered, however we cannot confirm any new finds.”

So where does this leave fans? It’s likely any new footage will be trucked out to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Given that November 23, 2013 is near Christmas, I’d expect to see “The Ultimate Complete Doctor Who Collection” right about then.

Update: In a disappointing turn of events, it seems that in reality there was no real footage found. Philip Morris, a film archivist from the Television International Enterprise Archive, released a statement about the subject of missing and reportedly found Doctor Who footage, stating that they’re not missing but were instead destroyed. Read the statement from Morris below:

T.I.E.A DOES NOT HOLD ANY MISSING EPISODES OF THE LONG RUNNING DR WHO SERIES. THE ORIGINAL VIDEO TAPES WERE WIPED SUBSEQUENT FILM COPIES WERE EITHER RETURNED TO THE BBC AND SENT TO LANDFILL ODD FRAGMENTS HAVE SURFACED TWO EPISODES ON 16MM FILM BUT THATS IT. THE PROGRAMMES IN QUESTION LIKE MANY OTHERS WERE DESTROYED AS THEY HAD NO FURTHER COMMERCIAL VALUE .THEY ARE NOT MISSING BUT DESTROYED THE END.I am sorry if this upsets some people but these are the facts.I have also become aware of the tracking of some of our clients shipments these are local cultural materials sent to us for migration to a modern format as the playback equipment in the country of origin no longer exists and as such is the best road to preserve international cultural heritage .I will be making no more statements on this subject.Philip MORRIS Executive director T.i.e.a

Levine, who had been tweeting away about the discoveries since the report by Bleedingcool tweeted a response stating he was “deeply sick, distressed, disheartend, all hopes dashed, all joy gone from the world.” He continued, “that’s it. DO NOT ASK ME TO SAY ANOTHER WORD.” The tweet has since been deleted from his account, but we don’t blame him for feeling so disheartened!

This story has had it’s ups and downs but it seems we can finally rest our inquisitive heads knowing that the Doctor Who footage has been destroyed, and will likely not be found. It’s disappointing, but at least we still have the animated works to look forward to.

What do you think about this discovery and how it was handled?

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.

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The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
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