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Lost Doctor Who episodes from the 1960s found in Nigeria

[quote]Discovery comes as Doctor Who celebrates its 50th birthday

The Associated Press

Doctor Who fans rejoice — the BBC says it has recovered nine episodes of the sci-fi series that were feared lost in space and time.

The broadcaster says the missing episodes, and two others, were found in the storeroom of a television relay station in Nigeria.

Doctor Who was first broadcast in 1963 and remains one of the BBC's most popular programs. Some early episodes were lost because the broadcaster wiped the tapes clean for re-use.

The BBC says the lost episodes were tracked down by tracing records of overseas shipments of BBC tapes for transmission. The recovered episodes date from 1967 and 1968 and feature Patrick Troughton, the second of a dozen actors to play the show's time-travelling alien hero.

They consist of most of two six-part stories: The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World. They will be offered for sale on iTunes from Friday, and later on DVD.

Almost 100 episodes of the series are still missing.

Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In August, the BBC revealed that British actor Peter Capaldi would step in as the next star of the long-running science fiction series, replacing Matt Smith, who became the 11th and youngest Doctor when he took on the role at age 26 in 2009.

by Anonymousreply 810/15/2013

Just in time for the anniversary! Amazing, I mean this is so great for them... Now the fans can rush out and buy them.

by Anonymousreply 110/13/2013

Try what?

But yes, the timing is very interesting. Could just be coincidental, or it could have been planned.

by Anonymousreply 210/13/2013

Why does Afrika have a country named the "N-word"?

by Anonymousreply 310/15/2013

Wow, this is late news on DL. It seems as if it has been discussed on Facebook for ages.

by Anonymousreply 410/15/2013

R4, the BBC only made it official late last week. The RUMORS had been discussed for many months, but this news is pretty recent.

by Anonymousreply 510/15/2013

R5/ OP, but last week is, well last week. I guess there are just not that many Whovians on DL.

by Anonymousreply 610/15/2013

I posted it the day after the news came out, so the thread was fairly new when it was first posted.

But I agree that there's not much interest here in the original episodes. There are usually much longer threads on DL for the new series, though.

by Anonymousreply 710/15/2013

Oh well, until this Friday. ;)

by Anonymousreply 810/15/2013
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