Lost Doctor Who Episodes HAVE been returned to the BBC!
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Update - 10/10/13
At the time of writing, the press conference is underway with loads of speculation on Twitter regarding the episodes and announcements currently being made. Unfortunately there's allegedly an embargo in place so unless information is leaked by someone in attendance, we're not going to know exactly what has been recovered until midnight.
Keep up with the ongoing Twitter speculation here:
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Update - 09/10/13
Despite the delay of a press conference originally scheduled today, BBC News have gone ahead and run with the story that an undisclosed number of episodes have been found. Stopping short of a full confirmation - they're clearly leaving that to BBC Worldwide to do - the story on the BBC News site does state in no uncertain terms that "a number of early episodes of Doctor Who, which were believed to have been permanently lost, have been returned to the BBC."
No details on which episodes OR how available they'll be in the short term have been confirmed but we expect to find out more later this week. The news couldn't be better timed though, coinciding with the series 50th anniversary year, and dare we say it giving the BBC something to crow about given their seeming inability to deliver on their promise of 'more Who on TV than ever' this year...
Despite constant denials from those 'in the know', the news that a cache of lost Doctor Who episodes have been recovered in Africa refuses to go away. Now, Radio Times are reporting that a number of previously missing Patrick Troughton episodes are going to be made available on Wednesday morning digitally via iTunes.
The first rumblings that something was afoot appeared back in June but was swiftly denied. Then in August, there the hint that some missing Dad's Army episodes - thought to have been in the same recovery as the missing Who episodes - may be about to appear. This latest development again mentions the Africa connection and if proven true, this could be the tip of an iceberg of lost Time Lord material...