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?

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017

Maisie Williams freaks out over ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 scripts

"Nothing will prepare you for this."

7:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

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Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

At first, Williams warned fans to steel themselves for the epic events to come.

…but apparently, no amount of mental toughness will be enough for season 7.

To summarize, Game of Thrones fans the world over are now sizzlingly jealous of Maisie Williams… and also, apparently, well and truly screwed.

With George R.R. Martin’s next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire still achingly absent, there’s almost no way to predict the major events of Game of Thrones season 7. Our only theory is that we should probably say goodbye to the feelings we managed to resuscitate after Jon Snow came back to life.

Williams isn’t the only member of the cast hinting at madness to come. Maisie’s on-screen sister Sophie Turner revealed that she too had advance knowledge while pondering Sansa’s future.

“I’ve actually just got the scripts for seven,” Turner tells Variety. “So I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll probably end up slipping some truths out!”

Seven forbid, Sophie. Seven forbid.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air some time in 2017, but not soon enough.

What madness do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has in store?

Netflix adapting ‘Anne of Green Gables’ for new TV series with additional themes

Anne Shirley is returning to our screens!

2:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series has been adapted numerous times over the years (including the well-known, two-part 1985 televised miniseries), but this will arguably be the biggest adaptation to date thanks to the potential audience Netflix could pull in.

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According to Deadline, “the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”

The new adaptation “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

The series will be set in 1890. The first book was published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide.

Will you watch Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series?

If you’ve ever been interested in reading the series, now’s a great time to start!