Wairarapa News : February 6th 2013
3 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 6, 2013 NEWS 61 Dixon Street, Masterton Ph 06 377 5600 www.carpetcourt.co.nz 4357546BA Beat the heat sunscreens and rollershades 15%OFF** Finance is available on all purchases $500 and over on Q-Card, and GEM Visa, subject to credit and lending criteria and credit. Finance is available to approved purchasers and normal lending criteria applies, available to products or services of $500.00 or more. Q-Card only. FREE CURTAIN MAKING* 20% off all Roman Blind Making 15% off Rufflette tracks & rods *Terms & conditions apply, see instore for details 6 months interest free and deferred payments on all purchases over $500 finance to approved purchasers 6 Months Interest Free Harley Street pupils hold key to lost Dr Who shows Intergalactic investigation: International film researchers are chasing down a long lost Doctor Who episode that may have screened at the former Harley Street School in the 1970s. The Macra Terror features the second doctor, Patrick Troughton, pictured. Harley Street School may have long since closed, but a British researcher has discovered it may be at the heart of an enduring international television mystery. In the 1960s, a generation of British school children were cap- tivated by the onscreen adven- tures of their television hero, Doc- tor Who, and it was not long before the Doctor crossed hemis- pheres to fascinate New Zealand television watchers. The programme, produced by the BBC, was broadcast from 1964 in New Zealand, and it seems Masterton may have been the final resting place of at least one of the character's adventures. British researcher and fan of the series, David Crichton, says Doctor Who, like many British shows from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, was not all archived. Over 100 episodes of the programme, broadcast in the United Kingdom between 1963 and 1969, are thought to be lost forever. Television was seen as an ephemeral medium and little or no thought was given to retaining episodes of the series. The BBC recorded on expensive videotapes which had to be reused for other programmes. When they were wiped, the only copies left would have been 16mm film copies made of the show for overseas sale. Most of these were destroyed in the 1970s as foreign broadcasters cleared their archives. These programmes remain missing to this day. Although 106 episodes of Doctor Who are still missing, episodes do periodically turn up in the hands of private collectors who are entirely unaware that their collections may be unique,'' said Mr Crichton. One such incident, in 1999, led to the recovery of an episode from a 1965 Doctor Who serial titled The Crusade, which was owned by a film collector here in New Zea- land. It had been salvaged from an New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation skip in the 1970s by a 16mm collector. Harley Street School has recently become the centre of a search for further missing episodes of the series. Sometime between 1972 and 1974 a 16mm Doctor Who print was shown on the school projector at the school. Rumours of this screening have been circulating among Doctor Who fans for over 30 years, and I've recently been undertak- ing some research to separate the fact from fiction -- I've contacted several hundred former pupils and staff members, and I now have independent accounts of the Doctor Who screening,'' said Mr Crichton. According to the story, an inter- school sports day between Harley Street, Fernridge and Opaki schools in the 1970s was organ- ised, but the activities ended prematurely due to bad weather. The children were marched into the school hall and, as a special treat, were shown two episodes of a missing Patrick Troughton Doc- tor Who serial, The Macra Terror. Though former teachers of the school that have been contacted have no memory of the event, there is also a possibility that the screening took place as part of a summer holiday programme or something similar. Mr Crichton is appealing to Wairarapa residents to contact him if they can remember the event. I'd love to find out more details, like a fixed date, which would be incredibly helpful for my research, and it is of course my hope that we may be able to find out who supplied the Doctor Who prints, and perhaps contact them to see if they survived their destruction' at NZBC and may still exist today in someone's attic,'' he said. If you remember seeing this film at the school or have any information email David Crichton at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Wairarapa News. GardenBarn open despite blaze Not suspicious: A large fire on Sunday destroyed buildings at the GardenBarn in Masterton. One of Wairarapa's most popular garden centres was hit by a large fire in the weekend, but continues to trade as normal. The large storage and work shed at the rear of GardenBarn, on High St, Masterton, went up at noon and required several fire appliances to extinguish the blaze. The smoke plume could be seen from far away as South Wai- rarapa. Most of the retail area of the centre escaped the fire undamaged. Police are not treating the fire as suspicious. Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson said the fire may have been the result of a cigarette butt thrown into a cardboard pal- let. Initial inspection indicates that it may have been accidental. Police are not investigating an arson at this time,'' said Ms Wat- son. IN BRIEF Man falls The Fire Service used the ''jaws-of- life'' to extricate a man from a tight spot after he fell from a building in Masterton in the early hours of Saturday morning. The Masterton man, 26, was with two other men, both aged 23, on the top of the Wairarapa Times-Age building when one of them fell off the roof into a small yard at the rear of the building. Police said the man suffered a suspected broken wrist in the fall. Applications open Applications for the Visa Wellington On a Plate festival have opened with organisers calling for restaurants, foodies and event organisers to serve up something special for the festival's fifth course. In addition to festival menus and events, the popular Burger Wellington and New World Wellington Bake Club competitions will return this year, alongside a new competition category. Those interested in hosting a festival event or being part of the DINE Wellington programme have until Wednesday, February 20, to submit their application. More stores Bunnings is planning six new stores in New Zealand, but Wairarapa will not get one of them. Bunnings had 48 stores at the end of last year, including Bunnings Warehouses, smaller format stores and trade centres. Bunnings has announced plans for six new stores, targeting high- growth areas like Silverdale, Takanini, Hawera, New Plymouth and Blenheim.
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