Mauritius also received these early Hartnell episodes, but Mr. Wombat directly received a response that their episodes were returned. There is even some doubt as to whether the episodes were even broadcast, so off-air recordings would not even have been a possiblity. This place is a real dead dodo!
The BBC is searching for lost episodes of classic television shows, including Doctor Who. Currently 106 episodes of Doctor Who are missing from the BBC archives.
11 of the 106 missing episodes were sent to Mauritius. Some may still exist in Mauritius as 16mm film prints.
You can see the full list of missing episodes of Doctor Who (as well as missing episodes from other British TV shows such as Adam Adamant Lives, A for Andromeda, etc.) at: www.missing-episodes.com
If you think you may have a missing episode as a 16mm print or a copy in another format (8mm off-air or videotape), or have any information about these episodes, please contact the BBC by sending an email to:
(That's info AT restoration-team.co.uk)
There is further information at: www.restoration-team.co.uk/
LIST OF MISSING EPISODES SENT TO MAURITIUS
From the story Marco Polo (a.k.a. (Doctor Who and) The Journey to Cathay)
(episode 1) The Roof of the World
(episode 2) The Singing Sands
(episode 3) Five Hundred Eyes
(episode 4) The Wall of Lies
(episode 5) Rider from Shang-Tu
(episode 6) Mighty Kublai Khan
(episode 7) Assassin at Peking
From the story The Reign of Terror
(episode 4) The Tyrant of France
(episode 5) A Bargain of Necessity
From the story The Crusade
(episode 2) The Knight of Jaffa
(episode 4) The War-Lords
(In addition, the surviving print of episode 1 The Lion is damaged)