A revolutionary new technique has made it possible for Doctor Who missing episodes to be recovered from people’s brains.
The process – dubbed neurodot recovery – is based on the principle that people’s neurons leave photographic traces (or ‘dots’) as they form new connections in the human brain. Similar to telesnaps, these dots can (in theory) be ‘played back’ sequentially like the frames of a film – provided they can be accessed.
For Doctor Who fans, this raises the possibility of missing episode recoveries using the neurodot technique, harnessing the memories of those who saw the episodes on their original transmission. Professor John Tryst from the University of Jos was one of the first scientists to recognise the potential of neurodots, and developed a special machine that could extract Doctor Who missing episodes from people’s brains.
Of course, finding those who have seen every missing episode is no easy task. And even then, the neurodot recovery process is not without issue. “I think in many cases, the memory cheats,” said Professor Tryst. “My M.E.T machine can accurately convert the brain’s neurodots into viewable footage. The problem is, some people remember the missing episodes as being better than they actually were. I recently saw a version of ‘Marco Polo’ in which Tegana stole the TARDIS and formed an alliance with the Daleks, conquering the entire universe with a zectronic beam. It’s a problem.”
Not everyone agrees, though. Indeed, there are some who think that these re-imagined adventures will be healthy for the show. “Doctor Who has always re-invented itself,” said fellow scientist Professor Stein. “With the neurodot process, we can subvert fan expectations by releasing missing episodes that never happened. I’ve just seen a version of ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ which doesn’t feature any Daleks, and stars Jackie Lane as the Doctor. I can honestly say I don’t think Doctor Who has been in better health neurologically.”
Moreover, thanks to Professor Tryst’s M.E.T machine, the recovered Doctor Who episodes don’t require any restoration, and can be released in 4K resolution with surround sound. This paves the way for a new range of Blu-ray box sets, with Tryst hinting that Season Six could be one of the first to hit the shelves. “I don’t think anyone cares if we change ‘The Space Pirates’ anyway,” he explained.
Which Doctor Who missing episodes are you looking forward to seeing? And how do you feel about a version of ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ without the Daleks? Let me know in the comments below.
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