Nigeria would be an excellent candidate in Africa to search for stories from Season 5.
The four stories of particular interest are:
The Abominable Snowmen Zambia (Purchased ?) or Nigeria (Purchased ?) (one probably bicycled prints to the other) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Enemy of the World Zambia (Purchased 10/74) or Nigeria (Purchased 10/74) (one probably bicycled prints to the other) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Web of Fear Zambia (Purchased 10/73) or Nigeria (Purchased 10/74) So, perhaps Zambia bicycled its prints to Nigeria? +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Wheel in Space Nigeria (Purchased ?) (This was the only African nation to purchase this story) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Nigeria also purchased 'Marco Polo' and 'Reign of Terror' from Series 1 and 'The Crusade' from Series 2 but it seems quite possible that these prints would have been bicycled to another African nation or elsewhere. For example, after Nigeria purchased 'The Crusade' in July 1966, it was subsequently purchased by Zambia, Sierra Leone, Barbados, New Zealand, Mauritius, Jamaica, and Ethiopia (at least).
Of course, missing episodes were already returned from Nigeria in the 1980s, but perhaps more are there waiting to be found somewhere.
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. At least 75 of the 106 missing episodes were sent to Africa in the early 1970s as 16mm film recordings.
At least 30 of the 106 missing episodes were sent to Nigeria specifically.
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:
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:
LIST OF MISSING EPISODES SENT TO NIGERIA From the story Marco Polo (A.K.A. (Doctor Who and) A 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 (sent July, 1966) (episode 2) The Knight of Jaffa (episode 4) The War-Lords (In addition, the surviving print of episode 1 The Lion is damaged)
From the story The Abominable Snowmen Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
From the story The Enemy of the World (sent October, 1974) Part 1 Part 2 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
From the story The Web of Fear (sent October, 1974) Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
From the story The Wheel in Space Part 1 Part 2 Part 4 Part 5
Re: Africa Progress 2011 « Reply #36 on Jan 24, 2011, 12:08pm » just a quick question about investigation technique that is not just relevant to Africa.
Has anyone produced detailed timelines for each of the missing stories/episodes. I always found it useful in my job to produce flow diagrams to show how goods were moved around and identify areas for further exploration including areas that have been explored but perhaps the wrong questions were asked.
for example didn't Nigeria have several different regional stations? and if so have they all been explored? And what sort of possibilities were there for prints to fall into private hands?
Paul Vanezis replied the same day ...
Re: Africa Progress 2011 « Reply #37 on Jan 24, 2011, 3:01pm »
Jan 24, 2011, 12:08pm, Rob Hutchinson wrote: Has anyone produced detailed timelines for each of the missing stories/episodes.
Yes. We are working to precisely that.
Quote: ...didn't Nigeria have several different regional stations? and if so have they all been explored? And what sort of possibilities were there for prints to fall into private hands?
Well, yes, Nigeria did have several stations, but we have been able to ascertain that only a maximum of three broadcast DW. When it was on air, there were 10 in total although now there are over 30. There's been a lot of misinformation about Nigeria. The whole broadcast system was nationalised in 1977 and all material was moved to a central store, which is where the 1984 material was located. We don't think there is anything else there, but we are in contact with the archivist there, as in many other African archives.
Material is much more likely to reside in private hands in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand than anywhere else in the world and all will be sales prints.
Rob Hutchinson replied ...
Re: Africa Progress 2011 « Reply #41 on Jan 24, 2011, 7:00pm »
yeah I knew that suggestion was a long shot. my wife lived in nigeria in the early 70s as a child and she says there was only one family of expats in her area that had a television let alone a projector.