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Telesnaps are a series of photographs taken from the original television transmissions. In many cases, they provided the only surviving visual record of early B&W episodes. They are commonly referred to as the missing episodes.



In 1947 John Cura a self taught man with a passion for electronics sent a letter to the BBC offering his services of tele-snaps, still photographs taken of at various intervals during the program's broadcast. His method was simple, a 35mm camera (of his own design) pointed at a television screen, he could take up to 80 of such images during the broadcasting of the programme, [1] normally he would take around 60 photographs for a half-hour episode and provide these on a contact sheet to the BBC. [2]


Several of the groups of telesnaps have been published as blocks of episodes in Doctor Who Magazine, or been released in a compilation form with audio soundtrack on video, DVD or CD by the BBC.

External Links

  • Telesnap Discoveries (includes lists of who discovered missing telesnaps)
  • BBC website Doctor Who - Photonovels (using telesnaps)
  • Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes (PDF), includes list of where telesnaps are published)


  1. Telesnap Discoveries (includes lists of who discovered missing telesnaps)
  2. Howe, David J., Stammers, Mark, Walker, Stephen James, 1992, Doctor Who: The Sixties, Doctor Who Books, an imprint of Virgin Publishing Ltd, London, p.32

This article uses material from the "Telesnap" article on the Dr Who wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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