There’s exciting news for fans of Doctor Who in that it’s been reported today that a collection of long forgotten scripts for the show have been uncovered in Kent.
The Radio Times reports that among the scripts were “one for a serial” that was replaced by the first Daleks story.
The treasure trove find was made by local resident Jason Onion, who found them while researching Herne Bay’s links with the BBC sci-fi drama.
RT adds, “The scripts were nestled in a box of papers belonging to the late writer and TARDIS creator Anthony Coburn, who used to live in Herne Bay.”
Speaking to This Is Kent, Jason said, “With the consent of Anthony’s wife, Joan Coburn-Moon, and other family members, the family lent me a box of his work and I saw the scripts, but put them to one side.
“When I scanned the cover later I realised it didn’t have the right title for the first episode.
“I had a look and as soon as I saw the first few pages I knew it was not the episode that had been televised.
“I just sat there, and stared and stared. I wanted to cover them with glass. They are unbelievably precious, and I had them in my hand.”
The assortment of scripts includes two versions of Doctor Who’s very first episode, An Unearthly Child, as well as an alternative second episode and a further three scripts, including a tale about the Masters of Luxor.
Jason added, “You can see that the template for the Daleks came from Anthony…
“You can see in these episodes a device to unlock TARDIS, which became the sonic screwdriver, and the science and regeneration and renewal of the body, which were all created in Anthony’s mind.
“This find completes the genesis of Doctor Who from Anthony Coburn’s imagination.
“The drafts explain the mystery of Doctor Who, his origins, his people and all the background.”
Apparently the scripts are currently “at a secret location” while Jason seeks permission from Coburn’s family to publicly exhibit the works later this year.
He added, “It may be possible to arrange something for the 50th anniversary of the series in November.
“It would be fantastic to celebrate Herne Bay’s connection and give Anthony Coburn the credit he deserves.”
How exciting! Here’s a reminder of how the scary Daleks came about…