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.