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BBC to Reveal a Number of Missing Dr Who Episodes

BBC to reveal a number of missing Doctor Who episodes

From BBC News…

A number of early episodes of Doctor Who, which were believed to have been permanently lost, have been returned to the BBC.

BBC Worldwide is expected to confirm the find at a press conference in London later this week.

It follows weeks of speculation that some lost episodes had been located.

A total of 106 episodes featuring the first two actors to play the Doctor, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, are currently missing.

The BBC destroyed many of the sci-fi drama’s original transmission tapes in the 1960s and 1970s.

However, the majority of the episodes had been transferred on to film for foreign broadcasters. It is often these prints found in other countries that are the source of retrieved episodes.

In 1993, all four instalments of the Patrick Troughton adventure The Tomb of the Cybermen were discovered in Hong Kong.

The latest find comes as Doctor Who celebrates its 50th birthday. A special episode featuring the current Doctor Matt Smith and his predecessor David Tennant will be shown on the programme’s anniversary on 23 November.

A raft of other programming to celebrate the long-running drama was also recently announced by the BBC.

Details of how fans will be able to watch the recovered episodes are also expected to be revealed later this week.

Please keep to reasonable speculation until the press conference mentioned in the article has been held and all the facts are known and any embargoes in place are lifted. All comments will be on moderations until then



  • The Doctor

    October 14th, 2013 - 11:46pm

    They found them the enemy of the world oh joy joy joy

  • HornsOfAzal

    October 11th, 2013 - 1:06am

    1.04 and I just received my BBC shop email telling me I can order the enemy of the world on dvd (and a t-shirt if I want it) alas the BBC shop site is down….

    As for ITunes I think you need to be a timelord to sort it…

  • HornsOfAzal

    October 11th, 2013 - 12:39am

    Lol I notice the BBC shop site is down…wonder why 😀

  • HornsOfAzal

    October 11th, 2013 - 12:37am

    Well cant complain the Brigs first ep…the yeti at their best…but after all the nonsense surrounding the build up…its not quite the same as the out of the blue revelations when Tomb of the Cybermen was found and the same when I put on Doctor Who news to read that an ep of Galaxy Four had been found…lets hope the next revelation comes totally out of the blue…far more fun.

  • booboo

    October 11th, 2013 - 12:28am

    none, only that the search continues

    The BBC however are only going to comment on “done deals” in the bag, ready for market.

  • HornsOfAzal

    October 11th, 2013 - 12:26am

    Was there any mention of ‘more to come’ at the conference …or is this all of the ones recovered ??

  • HappyZero

    October 10th, 2013 - 10:55pm

    Possibly more on the way. There’s a suspected haul in Ethiopia which is being investigated. These episodes were found in Nigeria. (from what I’ve read so far.)

  • MasterKasterborous

    October 10th, 2013 - 9:55pm

    That’s quite a big list you’ve got there. I think the last one will be partly satisfied.

  • WFK DVD Collector

    October 10th, 2013 - 9:35pm

    2H 25M to go…

  • gordon

    October 10th, 2013 - 9:26pm

    Probably negotiations are still ongoing some bloke

  • gordon

    October 10th, 2013 - 9:24pm

    its a true Story that its those episodes that were found but deborahs Twitter Account is a parody Account.

  • booboo

    October 10th, 2013 - 8:52pm

    it will be everywhere dont worry

  • matparks08

    October 10th, 2013 - 8:50pm

    that’s fine – I can wait the extra minute 😉 (unless the site crashes!!)

  • booboo

    October 10th, 2013 - 8:44pm

    no 00.01 tonight

  • matparks08

    October 10th, 2013 - 8:29pm

    Hi Booboo – when will you be putting information from today on your site, at midnight or sometime tomorrow?

  • thedaleksdeath

    October 10th, 2013 - 7:40pm

    Debroah Watling (Victoria Waterfiled) Has just tweeted all episodes of The Enemy of the World and all episodes of The Web of Fear have been found…Happy with Fear but never listened to Enemy oh well lets hope this is true!

  • gordon

    October 10th, 2013 - 6:35pm

    northern echo has comfirmed it

  • sammyboi101

    October 10th, 2013 - 4:30pm

    So good news then?!

  • Some bloke

    October 10th, 2013 - 4:24pm

    yeah I hear the same. Why ‘more on the way’? Why can’t they tell us now. I don’t expect we’ll hear anything more on any others found till the new year 🙁

  • the ergon

    October 10th, 2013 - 4:22pm

    Evil and masterplan with just a touch of web of fear and fury from the deep for dessert.

  • the ergon

    October 10th, 2013 - 4:19pm

    All this speculation is killing me.No one actually knows anything till the announcement.Knowing BBC worldwide, if they can milk the cashcow for as long as possible by delaying the release of the dvds they will, now the range is coming to a close. The sooner we get to know which titles, if its true it is a haul, the better.

  • the astronaut of death

    October 10th, 2013 - 4:03pm

    I doubt my mum will let me stay up that late as I have school tomorrow

    so I will just get up early tomorrow morning

  • Cymon Hodson

    October 10th, 2013 - 3:58pm

    Looks like I’ll be going to bed late tonight.

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