BBC News have now confirmed that a (currently unspecified) number of previously assumed missing Doctor Who episodes have now been returned to the BBC.
Entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba reports:
A number of early episodes of Doctor Who, which were believed to have been permanently lost, have been returned to the BBC. BBC Worldwide is expected to confirm the find at a press conference in London later this week. It follows weeks of speculation that some lost episodes had been located. Details of how fans will be able to watch the recovered episodes are also expected to be revealed later this week.
As it stands roughly 105 (30-45 minute) episodes of the classic BBC show are ‘lost’, that is to say, back in the day the BBC would wipe or destroy old film stock without making backups. To this day there have been a handful of announcements about found episodes, but rumor has it that this may be the mother load. Expect this number to drop as time goes on but the rumors are that 100 of the 105 episodes have been found.
More news as it comes in.