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.