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October 9th, 2013 83 comments

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


  • Some bloke

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:19pm

    I don’t completely understand why and if they are going to release them on itunes/amazon and stuff for download and release information about them slowly. Surly they should just announce which episodes have been recovered and then as usual release on dvd when they have been restored. Just seems like they’re torturing us for an unknown reason

  • Anonymous

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:17pm

    Officially nothing has been announced other than there are “a number” of episodes.

    Unofficially though the number is nine (although this hasn’t been formally announced and the source claims there might be more they aren’t admitting to).

  • booboo

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:16pm

    problem is everyone will “want them now” – which may not be possible

  • booboo

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:15pm

    not officially no

  • TheExtremeBlueTARDIS

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:15pm

    Yay! Do we know how many episodes have been discovered?

  • Some bloke

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:15pm

    so wait, you BOUGHT the recons? 🙂

  • Some bloke

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:14pm

    That will be another thing that will REALLY annoy fans, including this one! I know for them its a logical thing to do, but we don’t want to be kept in the dark. We have a right to know!

  • videogamemad00

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:14pm

    I would prefer Troughton stories than Hartnell. I have lots of Hartnell recons so wouldn’t want to buy the episodes again.

  • booboo

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:09pm

    my guess is if its a lot, they wont reveal them all in one go, just feed them out over a period of months

  • Tardis’nt

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:05pm

    Same Here! And Evil, and Wheel in Space!

  • Anonymous

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:53pm

    All we know for certain is it won’t be “singular”.

  • Anonymous

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:52pm

    ii hope they found power of the daleks

  • booboo

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:51pm

    nothing has been confirmed, although its clear much of what’s been said now is becoming true

  • thedaleksdeath

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:49pm

    Have these two stories been confirmed? If so……. IT IS BLOODY FANTASTIC!!! GERONIMO!!!!

  • the mr master

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:49pm


  • booboo

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:47pm

    cant wait to hear the story behind all of this

  • Mark Simmons

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:47pm

    I for one shall be happy for any amount, large small or singular to return to the BBC. This find gives us ‘all’ hope…

  • booboo

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:47pm


  • the mr master

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:46pm


  • booboo

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:46pm

    we might get a yeti now

  • thedaleksdeath

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:46pm

    I’d love to see anything from: Power of the Daleks, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones, Evil of the Daleks, Abominal Snowmen, Web of fear,Fury of the Deep and last but not least Wheel in space!

    Would be fantastic to see some of this classic stories but I doubt it’ll a full serial. But it can happen! 😀

  • Giddy Aunt

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:45pm

    Oh my giddy Aunt. Web of Fear and Enemy of the World here we come. We just knew it had to happen. Hope Toby Hadoke is ready to do those commentaries. Look forward to hearing William Russell, Barry Newbery, Carole Ann Ford, Waris Hussein and Mark Eden on the Marco Polo DVD.

  • The Big Blue Box

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:41pm

    This will be so great. By the way,Booboo, there is a mistake I spotted on the new timeline. When you scroll over the 1966 annual, it says 1996 annual.

  • Some bloke

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:38pm

    I know, I’ve been following his twitter feed 🙂 HA Hope there are more. My top story I would LOVE to have been found is Fury from the Deep (fingers crossed)

  • Anonymous

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:36pm

    Nine comes from Ian Levine who was one of the various people under embargo, although he has since “broken” it because others have so he doesn’t want to be silenced any more.

    He is convinced however that more episodes have been recovered and claims that the BBC first became aware of this batch three years ago.

  • Some bloke

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:25pm

    I hope it’s more than that, because by the sounds of it those nine episodes are ‘The Enemy of the World’ episode 1,2,4,5,6 and ‘The Web of Fear’ episodes 2,4,5 and 6. I’m OK with that, but I just wish it’s more or better than that 🙂

  • Johnny

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:22pm

    Nine seems to be the commonest quoted number on various websites.

  • Some bloke

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:19pm

    Hopefully there are a decent amount of episodes found, not something silly like 2 orphan episodes. Hopefully with this new find we can complete a couple or more stories 🙂 Can’t wait til the end of the week!

  • Anonymous

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:17pm

    You know things are getting bad when somebody asks if its the missing episodes they’ve found are the rest of the 2013 series.

  • drjakeyoung

    October 8th, 2013 - 3:14pm

    Yes! I knew it! I hate to say it but i told you so….

    Lol, i hate it when people say that!

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