It’s Christmas come early for Doctor Who fans on those very, very rare occasions that missing episodes from classic Who are found, and there have been rumors circulating about just such a thing all year. Rumors that I’ve been championing.
This weekend, however, things went a little, shall we say, batshit crazy.
With news reports going back and forth on whether or not the BBC was going to release new episodes for sale, officially announce they had found them, call a press conference on varying days of the week and flat-out denying all of it, it was impossible to make heads or tails of what was going on. But today there’s something real and tangible to report.
BBC News is reporting that a number of classic Doctor Who episodes have been found and that BBC Worldwide is expected to to announce the details at a press screening later this week. Just how many of the 106 missing episodes have been found is unknown and is something we’ll find out this week, though rumors put that number, astonishingly, around 90.
The news comes, of course, just in time for the series’ 50th anniversary next month. Such convenient timing, don’t you think?