Has the BBC recovered over 100 lost Doctor Who episodes in Ethiopia

first_imgAs the price of information storage has plummeted over the years, it has become unthinkable to simply discard data. It wasn’t always like that, though. The iconic BBC TV series Doctor Who debuted in 1963, but the network subsequently taped over or discarded many of the early episodes.With the show’s popularity ballooning following the 2005 reboot, fans have been searching with increased urgency for those lost episodes. It seems now that at least some of them have been uncovered.According to a report in The Mirror, 106 episodes from the show’s early years were discovered in, of all places, Ethiopia. It’s always in the last place you’d think, right? Fans have responded skeptically to the claim, which has yet to be confirmed by the BBC. The incredulous response is understandable — it would be quite fortuitous to find 106 episodes, which is the entirety of the lost episode archive.However, there does appear to be a grain of truth to all this. The BBC has called a press conference and screening event for Tuesday regarding lost Doctor Who episodes. No one is saying anything about how many programs have been found, but it seems the rumors are not made up out of whole cloth, and it wouldn’t be the first time. In fact, many of the early episodes have been recovered in the past from overseas broadcasters that bought copies from the BBC before the originals were discarded.The lost episodes of Doctor Who are from the first two series, which starred William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton as The Doctor. The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is coming up in a few weeks on November 23rd. It would be a very timely to happen upon a cache of classic episodes, but we’ll know more in the coming days.last_img read more