Source: Radio Times
The online Doctor Who community has been divided since the beginning of summer over what’s been dubbed “The Omnirumor” - a series of rumors that a large number of previously lost episodes from the series’ early years had been uncovered. The most recent rumor pitted fans who wanted to believe against fans who have been burned multiple times in the past by previous rumors and outright hoaxes.
It looks as though something indeed has survived. Radio Times, the U.K.’s version of TV Guide, first reported that episodes from the Patrick Troughton era of the series (1966-1969) have been recovered. As Radio Times is a magazine once published by the BBC and still strongly linked to it, this is about as close to a verification of the story you can get. A official announcement from BBC Worldwide is scheduled for Tuesday.
There has been no word as to which episodes may have been recovered. Rich Johnson of Bleeding Cool claims that the episodes are from the seventh series serials "The Enemy of the World,” and “The Web of Fear” (which pitted The Doctor against the Great Intelligence and intorduced Brigadeer Lethbridge-Stewart into the Doctor Who mythos.
Radio Times reports the digitally remastered will be supposedly for sale on iTunes and other digital platforms on Wednesday, though it’s not clear if these will be available in the US or Canada yet.
Radio Times also reports that “other episodes have also been found,” though not of how many of when they might be made available for the public.
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