Cinema's search for lost Dr Who episodes shot in Gwynedd


Terry Canty

A CINEMA has launched a search for people involved in long lost episodes of the cult TV series Dr Who shot in Gwynedd. 

The ODEON Cinema at Eagles Meadow Wrexham is screening the first instalment of the new series of Dr Who starring Peter Capaldi in his first outing as the Time Lord. 

ODEON manager Kenny Kempster is trying to trace anybody who was part of the programmes shot in the Nant Ffrancon Pass in Snowdonia nearly 50 years ago as actors, extras or technical crew. 

Back in 1967 actors dressed as Yetis roamed the Welsh countryside in padded fur-covered costumes filming a six-part Doctor Who adventure, The Abominable Snowmen, starring Patrick Troughton. 

Kenny is keen to invite them to be guests of honour at the special screening on Saturday August 23. 

Kenny said: "There is already a phenomenal amount of interest in the live screening because Dr Who has such a huge and loyal fan base who can't wait to see it on the big screen. 

“We’re holding four tickets for people who can show that they were part of those episodes featuring the Abominable Snowman shot in Snowdonia.” 

Sadly, five of the story’s episodes of Doctor Who adventure, The Abominable Snowmen are among 106 episodes of Doctor Who missing from the archives. 

Two short clips, off-screen telesnaps and a reel to reel tape recording of the soundtrack, made by a viewer in 1967, are all that survive of the missing instalments.
Two short home movies of the location filming taken by director Gerald Blake and Frazer Hines, who played the Doctor’s assistant, Jamie McCrimmon, also exist. 

Dr Who fan and Eagles Manager Kevin Critichley said: “I had no idea that episodes of Dr Who had been filmed in North Wales and it would be brilliant to get some of the people involved down to the Odeon for the special screening of the new episode." 

If you can prove you were involved in the filming of Dr Who in Nant Ffrancon email and put Dr Who in the subject box or ring Ceidiog Hughes on 07958 497592. 

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