First Doctor William Hartnell and an Ice Warrior

The Ice Warriors

The TV Mirror claims that a group of dedicated Doctor Who fans tracked down at least 100 long-lost episodes of the show at an Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency.

The Doctor Who episodes – featuring the First Doctor William Hartnell and Second Doctor Patrick Troughton – were lost after the BBC wiped episodes for economic reasons. After each airing only once between 1964 and 1969, copies were sold to the Ethiopian Agency and the BBC then lost or wiped the originals. The episodes are said include the The Crusade, The Enemy of the World and The Ice Warriors series.  Rumours emerged of the lost shows earlier this year when tapes and 16in films of 90 episodes were thought to have been handed to a TV historian after turning up in a container loaded on a ship from Zambia. The BBC is said to be negotiating the purchase of the episodes and is hoping to get them back in time for the 50th Anniversary.

No official statement has been released by the BBC yet. We can only live in hope for the moment.

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.