BBC Event To Announce Recovery Of Lost Doctor Who Episodes To Include Former Actors From The Program
Source: Bleeding Cool
Despite Rich Johnson’s attempts to discredit the BBC News announcement on Tuesday regarding the recovery of previously lost Doctor Who episodes from the 1960’s, it does seem that the recovery story is real. (Knowing Uncle Rich, he may have been parodying the reaction of skeptical Doctor Who fans, who seemed to bend over backwards in trying to disbelieve the news.) The press conference and/or event to officially announce the recovery is also apparently a go for Thursday, and will reportedly involve the portrayers of two former Doctor Who companions from the Patrick Troughton era of the program.
The official website for actress Deborah Watling announced that she and Troughton-era Doctor Who co-star Frazer Hines would “be helping the BBC to launch the newly found Dr.Who episodes this Thurs(day).” No further details were given outside the time of the event, which the site says is scheduled to run from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday.
Hines played Jamie McCrimmon, a 18th century Scottish-born bagpiper whose clan supported the Bonnie Prince Charlie-led Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. He first appeared in the fourth season serial “The Highlanders,” where he joined The Doctor and his then-companions Ben and Polly on their travels in the TARDIS. Hines remained with the program through the end of the Troughton era, and the sixth-season series “The War Games.” He reprised the role of Jamie during a brief appearance in the Doctor Who 20th anniversary special “The Five Doctors,” and again in the 22nd season serial “The Two Doctors.”
Watling played 19th-century born Victoria Waterfield, the daughter of a scientist killed by The Daleks in the final fourth season serial “The Evil of the Daleks.” She joined The Doctor and Jamie at the end of the serial and traveled with The Doctor until the next-to-last fifth season serial “Fury From the Deep.”
Watling and Hines’ appearance at the event seems to give credence to the rumors that episodes from the Troughton era serials “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear” are among the episodes that have been recovered.
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