'Doctor Who' Lost Episodes Found?

William Hartnell, the original Doctor Who

With the 50th Anniversary celebration of science fiction stalwart 'Doctor Who' right around the corner, fellow Who-vians have even more to rejoice.

The UK's Daily Mirror reports that a treasure trove of lost episodes of the series have been found in Ethiopia. Details are sketchy as to which episodes have been unearthed at the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency, but speculation seems to point to over 100 episodes featuring the first two actors to take on the role, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton.

These are episodes long thought buried, after the BBC reportedly lost or erased the original tapes. The Ethiopian agency reportedly bought copies of the episodes after their initial UK airings from 1964 to 1969, and the tapes have been gathering dust ever since.

The BBC had initially sought to announce specifically what had been found with an eye toward releasing them via iTunes and other digital outlets as early as Wednesday. However, a spokesman for the corporation acknowledged that they were not quite prepared and have since pushed the press conference to the end of the week.

A spokesman for the BBC downplayed weekend reports by the Mirror and other outlets of the more than 100 episodes found, stating the number was not accurate. However, when asked if the planned press conference relates to the release of lost episodes, the spokesman admitted to the Mirror: "There is a connection."

Even if only a fraction of these lost episodes have been found, this is a huge development for fans of the classic series and a fantastic addition to the forthcoming 50th Anniversary.

- Doctor Who (1963)
- Doctor Who
- William Hartnell
- Patrick Troughton
- BBC one

Written by: kyleiam
Oct 8th, 2013, 7:06 am

Images courtesy of BBC One


Message Posted On Oct 8th, 2013, 12:44 pm
The BBC denied the hell out of this story when it broke earlier this summer. It's amazing to get some episodes back but the BBC really shouldn't issue outright lies to people that fund the organisation.

Message Posted On Oct 8th, 2013, 11:19 am
I sincerely hope they don't go straight to iTunes. The British license fee payer should have first dibs as we paid for the production.
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