Doctor Who Missing Episodes Found

This story has been bubbling away on Doctor Who forums for months.

But a bit of background first. Back in the 1970s the BBC made the farsighted decision to junk copies of many Doctor Who episodes, mainly the black and white episodes from the 1960s featuring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton.

Since the early 1980s there has been a lot of effort to locate some of these “lost” episodes. In many cases the only copies were those made for overseas broadcasters to use. The last “big” recovery was the discovery of all four episodes of Tomb of the Cybermen in Hong Kong in the early 1990s.

A handful of other episodes have returned since then, most recently two episodes found in 2011 and that brought the total missing down to 106.

The Web of Fear

For some time there has been a rumour circulating that many episodes had been located but an official announcement, for whatever reason, was not forthcoming.

It looks like that will change this week. A number of news outlets (such as the Radio Times website) have reported that the BBC will make an announcement and even the BBC News website is now reporting the probably announcement:

There is no word yet on what stories are part of the find, but the expectation is that they will include episodes from two Patrick Troughton stories, namely The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear. I keep reading that nine episodes in total will be announced.

And beyond that? Well, the rumours have been saying that considerably more episodes were recovered than just those nine…