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Rumor: Possible Recovery of Long-Lost Doctor Who Episodes

Rumor: Possible Recovery of Long-Lost Doctor Who Episodes

A report surfaces of the possible recovery of Doctor Who episodes missing from the BBC Archives for decades.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Rich Johnson dropped a huge Doctor Who rumor over at Bleeding Cool this morning. One involving the possible recovery of missing and presumed lost forever episodes of Doctor Who from the Sixties.

According to Uncle Rich, the BBC has been keeping secret the recovery of a significant number of  Doctor Who episodes from the Sixites that were thought to have been previously destroyed in one of the most shortsighted moves in BBC history. This was before the Beeb figured Doctor Who could be a huge cash cow for the quasi-socialist organization. While a number of episodes have been recovered over the years, a large amount of episodes featuring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughtnon’s tenures as The Doctor have been seemingly lost forever.

The source of the recovered episodes is described as “an eccentric engineer who worked for broadcasters across Africa with a taste for science fiction and a habit of taking things for “safe keeping.” This included Doctor Who episodes that had been sold in the Sixties to overseas broadcasters.

While full details about the purported recovery weren’t given, Uncle Rich did mention the full recovery of “The Evil of the Daleks,” a story from Troughton’s first season as The Doctor from 1967 noted as being the last Dalek story of the Sixties. He also claims that Hartnell’s final episode, “The Tenth Planet,” ep. 4, is also part of the recovery, and that it might be included in a forthcoming DVD collection of the series.

Doctor Who fans have suffered through years of unfounded rumors and downright hoaxes of the recovery of long lost and beloved stories. While this one may be just another in a long line of rumors that went unfulfilled, the fact that Uncle Rich (who wrote the IDW-published Doctor Who: A Room With a Deja View back in 2009) is the source makes the probability of something to this story being true a lot more probable.

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