The Doctor Who missing episode “Omnirumor” is rising up from the murky depths of Internet chat rooms into more (somewhat) official Internet waters once again. Philip Morris, the person responsible for the recoveries of nine episodes of the British science fiction series in 2013, has released a statement on Facebook involving the continued search for the remaining 97 episodes currently missing from the BBC archives.
The Facebook statement, reprinted in full without correction for spelling or grammar, comes after months of speculation in Doctor Who message forums that Morris and his company, Television International Enterprises Archives Ltd., have recovered all or a large portion of the episodes produced in the 1960‘s that had been believed lost due to the destruction of film or video tape by the BBC in the 1960’s and early 1970’s.
“T.I.E.A understands the passion felt by Doctor Who fans and that looking for missing episodes of Doctor who plus many other shows is an important but tiny part of the work that T.I.E.A does.The main aim of this organisation is to assist those archives whose own cultural heritage is under threat.If any programmes do still exist T.I.E.A will endeavor to recover them safely as with web of fear and enemy of the world.T.I.E.A are not sponsored by any organisation we are a completely independent body we work alongside many organisations such as the B.F.I .
However as much as people want specific programmes found wishing them into existence or starting rumors will not magically return them .Individuals trying to extract information which does not exist or is commercially confidential will be deleted unread any legitimate inquires for T.I.E.A LTD services are welcome.
Morris has been the frequent target in discussion of the “Omnirumor.” He has been accused of either hoarding missing episodes on one hand by message board denizens, or of perpetuating a hoax that he has more episodes in his possession. He was been most recently been the target a campaign of badgering by longtime Doctor Who enthusiast Ian Levine on Twitter. Levine has been responsible for the recovery of several episodes of the series over the past four decades.
Levine helped Morris when the later began his search for missing episodes in the mid-2000’s, but more recently has been critical of Morris on Twitter.
Morris is responsible for the recovery of nine Doctor Who episodes from the Patrick Troughton-era serials “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear.”
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