Two lost ‘Doctor Who’ episodes surface, to be digitally released this week by the BBC


doctor-who-lost-episodesWhat were they thinking? Years ago (fifty this year!), before Doctor Who was the true pop culture phenomenon it is now, someone made an incredibly foolish mistake: they lost a lot of classic Doctor Who episodes. Not just a few; no, nearly a hundred episodes lost or destroyed. Over the past several decades, many of these episodes have been recovered, but even more are feared lost — taped over by BBC employees in the 60s and 70s.

Two new “lost episodes” have surfaced, according to the Radio Times, which is reporting that Worldwide division of the BBC will release two new digitally remastered episodes of the classic Doctor Who this week. The episodes will be released digitally through platforms such as iTunes.

However, Bleeding Cool is reporting that the BBC have announced a press conference related to the “speculation” for Tuesday, October 8th. Here was the BBC’s official statement to Bleeding Cool:

As my colleague said to the journalist at the People, there are ongoing rumours about missing Doctor Who episodes and we can’t confirm these finds.

Radio Times is revealing a bit of information about the episodes, believed to feature at least one of the classic Doctors:

BBC Worldwide will put the previously lost episodes from different stories – both believed to be from the Patrick Troughton era – for sale on digital platforms such as iTunes from Wednesday, understands.

They are believed to originate from a haul discovered in Africa and have been digitally remastered for sale, although exact details remain sketchy.

We’ll be sure to report the full story tomorrow following the BBC’s official press conference!


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