So it seems like the rumours may be true – some previously “missing” episodes of Doctor Who may well have been found.
There has been some speculation that an as yet undetermined number of lost episodes from the William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton eras have been unearthed and the short article that appeared on the BBC news web site certainly gives the story credence.
There are one hundred and six missing episodes in all and in advance of any formal announcement, I presume fans of all ages will have a wish list of those missing episodes – or even missing adventures – that have been or will be returned to the BBC. Seeing as this is my blog, it would be a shame for me to miss out, so top of my personal list would be any (but preferably all four) missing parts of the 1967 serial The Faceless Ones (and the picture is of Patrick Troughton as the Doctor with the Chameleon Nurse Pinto, played by Madalena Nicol). After that, probably the fourth instalment of The Tenth Planet (was this why the DVD release was postponed I wonder?) and then… actually I don’t really mind after that.
It’s ironic to say the least that any announcement would come just weeks before the show’s fiftieth birthday, but accepting there is truth in the rumours, two things are for sure. If just a few episodes have been discovered, the BBC are going to make an awful lot of money – but if a significant number of gaps in the archive are about to be filled, then the BBC are going to make an expletive awful lot of money – a significant amount of which is likely to be mine!