[TV] BBC Has Confirmed The Finding Of Several Early Doctor Who Episodes
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.08.2013
More adventures with the first and second doctors...
The BBC reports that several early Doctor Who episodes, originally thought to be lost forever, have been returned to the network. BBC Worldwide will confirm the finding at press screening in London later this week. This follows weeks of rumors that the lost episodes have been found.
A total of 106 episodes featuring the First Doctor (William Hartnell) and the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), are currently missing. The BBC destroyed many of the show's tapes in the 1960s and 1970s. The episodes had been transferred onto film for foreign broadcasters, which meant that the prints found in other countries contain the "lost" episodes. The latest episodes were found by fans at the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency.
This has happened before. In 1991, all four episodes of the Patrick Troughton episode The Tomb of the Cybermen were found in Hong Kong.
This find comes on the show's 50th anniversary. A special 50th anniversary episode featuring the current Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) will be shown on November 23. Other programs created to celebrate the show were also announced by the BBC.
The network will reveal how fans can watch the discovered episodes later this week.