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Long-Lost Early ‘Doctor Who’ Episodes Discovered in Ethiopia

doctor who william hartnellMore than 100 long-lost early episodes of Doctor Who, featuring actors William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, have been unearthed in Ethiopia by dedicated fans, The Mirror reports.

According to BBC News, BBC Worldwide is expected to confirm the discovery later this week at a press screening in London.

Although the BBC destroyed many of the sci-fi drama’s original tapes in the 1960s and ’70s, a majority of the episodes were copied on to film for sale to foreign broadcasters. This haul — comprising most if not all of the 106 missing Hartnell and Troughton episodes — was reportedly found at the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency.

According to the Mirror, the batch of episodes includes segments from “The Crusade,” “The Enemy of the World” and “The Ice Warriors,” among others.


  • Robin Pardy

    Has this been confirmed yet?

  • Ka Faraq Gatri

    Since the Mirror is nothing but a tabloid, I wouldn’t hold my breath that all of the remaining lost 105/106 episodes have been found, as much as an awesome present to us fans as that would be.

    The Radio Times however, is having a press conference this coming Thursday to announce what episodes have been found.

  • Ray Bottorff Jr

    Considering all that has happened in that country since those episodes first aired, that is pretty amazing.

  • Qixotl

    The facts in the Mirror report are not very credible, as far fewer than 100 of the missing episodes aired anywhere in the entirety of the continent of Africa (67 is the total, with only 11 of those ever airing in Ethiopia). I have seen rumors suggesting only 9 episodes have been recovered. It could be less, it could be more.

    The contradictions between all of the rumors over the past 4-5 months and in the past few days continue to be headache inducing. All that really can be verified is that some missing episodes were found (I don’t consider Lizo Mzimba to be a quality reporter, but he is a solid BBC company man who likely would not report without their blessing). The numbers and titles will be known hopefully on Thursday.

  • Akumanoid

    *Fingers crossed*

  • beane2099

    Still not confirmed by the BBC.

  • Mike

    People really do stupid things. Like the BBC.

  • Chuck777

    No one knew we would want to watch the episodes again. American companies did it all the time.