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Confirmed: Lost DOCTOR WHO Episodes Found

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For quite some time the BBC had the policy of erasing episodes after several weeks to conserve space, but this then led to the permanent loss of over a hundred episodes from Doctor Who’s original 1960s run; now it looks like some of those missing episodes have indeed been found.

Early reports from the Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland last week indicated that the lost episodes had surfaced in Ethiopia by fans who recorded the content and the BBC was negotiating to get them back.

The recovered episodes from the 60s include much-loved scenes from The Crusade, The Enemy of the World and The Ice Warriors series.

In the four-part Crusade story Hartnell and his ­assistant Vicki, played by Maureen O’Brien, arrive in the Tardis in Palestine in the 12th century just as King Richard the Lionheart is doing battle with the Saracen ruler Saladin.

After each airing only once between 1964 and 1969, copies were sold to the Ethiopian Agency and the BBC then lost or wiped the originals. – via Mirror Online

It turns out that these reports are in fact correct and an official announcement is expected within the month; although there are several outlets are saying there will be an announcement as early as Wednesday. The BBC is expected to announce the number of episodes recovered and a possible airing of some of the content on November 23rd to commemorate the show’s 50th anniversary along with the 50th anniversary special episode.

We’ll continue to update this story.