Doctor Who fans might want to sit down before reading on, it’s one of those stranger than fiction type rumors that’s blazing across the Internet today. Long before anyone started thinking of storing and saving television programs for posterity, or future DVD sales, huge amounts of the BBC‘s stock footage of early Doctor Who and other television series were gone and thought lost forever. The BBC and Doctor Who fans have been searching for copies of the missing episodes for years, and now it seems like there might be a big break in the case.
Bleeding Cool is reporting that:
What I’ve been hearing, and some of it is attributed to an eccentric engineer who worked for broadcasters across Africa with a taste for science fiction and a habit of taking things for “safe keeping”, is that the BBC have secured a large number of presumed-wiped episodes of early Doctor Who.
And there are lots. Lots and lots. Completed serials that we’ve only had incomplete before, full series that nothing existed of. Not everything. But heaps and heaps. Possibly even The Full Hartnell.
Could this be the mother-load of lost Doctor Who episodes that Doctor Who fans have long been searching and praying for? If this proves to be true, it could spell a financial windfall for the BBC as DVD sales and advertizing dollars generated by re-airing the lost episodes to hungry fans will bring in the bucks.
We’ve checked the BBC Twitter and News pages, but there’s no confirmation or denial yet. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed and our ears to the Internet rail in hopes of bringing you confirmation as soon as it happens.
Via: Bleeding Cool