While we’ve heard nothing definitive about whether or not a large cache of lost Doctor Who episodes have been found, the rumors surrounding the story continue to swirl and get more interesting.
As we’ve previously reported, rumors that an number of the lost 106 episodes from the 1960’s have been recovered have been running rampant the last few months.
Reports have said that between a dozen to ninety of those lost episodes have been recovered and are being prepped for broadcast and DVD release by the BBC and the Doctor Who Restoration Team.
Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnson reports on a recent “Doctor Who-related dinner-party” during which he heard that two people in attendance had signed nondisclosure agreements regarding the lost episodes.
The latest rumor indicates that as many as 94 of the missing episodes have been recovered. The latest report says that the only incomplete stories once the news is confirmed would be “The Dalek Masterplan” (10 episodes missing), “The Ice Warriors (1 episode still missing) and “The Wheel in Space” (1 episode still missing).
Johnson also reports that the BBC will unveil the news the week of the upcoming fiftieth anniversary with a BBC4 showing of the newly recovered “The Web of Fear” and a DVD release of “The Enemy of the World.” Both stories currently have one episode in the archives.
“The Web of Fear” would be a good candidate to celebrate the anniversary since it features the Great Intelligence. The Great Intelligence has been a recurring menace on the recently completed season of the new series.
There are also rumors that the Restoration Team has had their contract extended through 2016, even though the DVD line is currently winding down. (September sees the last complete story release).
Is any of this true? We don’t know yet. It all sounds great, but we’ll have to wait and see if there’s fact to the rumors.