I suppose you can’t get anymore official than that. After months, nay, YEARS, of speculation, rumor-mongering and overhearing things at parties, the BBC today has finally confirmed the existence of missing – now FOUND – episodes of Doctor Who. How many? “A number.”
In a report by the Beeb’s chief Doctor Who correspondent Lizo Mzimba, it was announced that later this week, the network would be revealing what and how many of these episodes were recovered. 106 episodes from the 1960s were missing from the archives, affecting a lot of William Hartnell’s third season and the majority of Patrick Troughton’s three year stint. Troughton filmed 119 episodes, and only 57 of those were in the archive as of our most recent count. However, this announcement will very likely raise his number significantly.
On Monday, we reported that it seemed like there would be some kind of announcement as to the recovery of episodes sometime this week. It was at that time believed that two complete Troughton stories, “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear,” would be released to the public digitally in the very near future. It might be those that the BBC announces, it might be two completely different stories, it might be a whole lot more. We will just have to wait to find out. Stay tuned to this channel.