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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


  • drjakeyoung

    October 10th, 2013 - 3:52pm

    Some people who went to the conference are tweeting that it’s all the episodes from enemy f the world and 4 episodes from the web of fear that have been found with more on the way.

  • sammyboi101

    October 10th, 2013 - 3:31pm

    I didn’t know that!

  • sammyboi101

    October 10th, 2013 - 3:22pm

    I Want:
    Mission To The Unknown
    The Daleks’ Master Plan
    The Celestial Toymaker
    The Tenth Planet (episode 4)
    And All Of Troughton That Is Missing!

  • sammyboi101

    October 10th, 2013 - 3:17pm

    My Bad!!!! LOL

  • Anonymous

    October 10th, 2013 - 2:46pm

    I hope evil of the daleks is back

  • Some bloke

    October 10th, 2013 - 2:44pm

    What do you mean, you ‘hope’ We are!

  • booboo

    October 10th, 2013 - 2:43pm

    Yes that’s right

  • booboo

    October 10th, 2013 - 2:41pm


  • Cyberking281

    October 10th, 2013 - 2:22pm

    Sorry, forgot The Wheel In Space (there is a lot on my list but i will still be happy to what episodes they’ve found)

  • Cyberking281

    October 10th, 2013 - 2:19pm

    I hope they release Lost In Time 2 dvd with new special features and the newly found missing episodes, im hoping some episodes for The Daleks’ Masterplan, The Celestial Toymaker, The Power Of The Daleks, The Evil Of The Daleks, The Abominable Snowmen and The Web Of Fear (fingers crossed)

  • Some bloke

    October 10th, 2013 - 2:17pm

    It is, everyone who was there is saying on twitter that we’ll find out at midnight so…

  • sammyboi101

    October 10th, 2013 - 2:13pm

    I hope we get some classics back!

  • Some bloke

    October 10th, 2013 - 2:09pm

    Is it true we have to wait til midnight to find out?

  • booboo

    October 10th, 2013 - 1:27pm

    We can hope but let’s be grateful for what we are getting
    Never thought I would see the day

  • Dalek The Supreme

    October 10th, 2013 - 1:08pm

    I hope for episodes from Power of the Daleks, Evil of the Daleks, and The Web of Fear! We NEED complete Troughton era Dalek and Classic Series Great Intelligence stories! 😀

  • booboo

    October 10th, 2013 - 12:51pm

    Yes we know

  • Some bloke

    October 10th, 2013 - 12:39pm


  • Some bloke

    October 10th, 2013 - 10:36am

    sounds VERY silly. They will most likely release them on dvd, just probably not within the next year or so

  • booboo

    October 9th, 2013 - 11:55pm

    all will be revealed

  • MasterKasterborous

    October 9th, 2013 - 11:27pm

    I think that’s just a phrase. FoS really cannot exist; at least not from an overseas broadcaster.

  • MasterKasterborous

    October 9th, 2013 - 11:24pm

    I kinda trust Lizo but still have my doubts. He’s a canon Doctor Who character you know…

  • Anonymous

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:30pm

    Sounds like these wont be released on DVD…probably just going to be digital downloads.

  • HornsOfAzal

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:29pm

    Nine ? I thought it was ninety …or was it two…its as bad as trying to guess how many times a timelord can regenerate these days 😀

  • videogamemad00

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:28pm

    Yes I did. I thought it would be better to buy one that is well done than burn it onto a disc and print covers etc myself.

  • DoctorPlatypus

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:28pm

    I hope it includes a COMPLETED Troughton Dalek serial. Also, from the wording ‘Thought permanently lost’, could it mean that the First ever Christmas Special ‘The Feast of Steven’ is among the found???

  • HornsOfAzal

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:26pm

    Oh dear Lizo is merely repeating all the stuff other people have laughed at and rubbished…..

    I suppose he doesnt care the Beeb are paying him no matter what….

  • matparks08

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:26pm

    I don’t care which episodes are going to be available as this is very exciting news indeed. I think in the last 20 years we’ve seen 8 episodes recovered and the prospect of more was certainly slim. I hope they at least make it onto dvd at some point and I guess the collection will continue. I do wonder if more of the Underwater Menace has been found which is why the dvd release is delayed, possibly even Moonbase for the same reason? If only we were finding out tonight!!! It’s going to be a long week but i’m sure it’ll be worth it. personal preference would see the return of Abominable Snowmen, Power of the Daleks and Web of Fear

  • DoctorPlatypus

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:25pm

    Brilliant name!

  • Anonymous

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:21pm

    Which would explain breaking them up, bring out the ones they can get out now.

  • booboo

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:21pm

    or they are not all back in their hands yet

    we will just have to wait and see

    all will be revealed

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