BBC finds lost 1960s episodes of 'Doctor Who'

BBC finds lost 1960s episodes of 'Doctor Who'

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Memorabilia from the hit TV show 'Doctor Who' is auctioned off at Bonham's auction house on February 24, 2010 in London, England. A selection of items from the BBC's Costumes and Props archive from the show including Daleks and Cybermen went on sale at the auction house on February 24, 2010. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM

LONDON (AP) -- "Doctor Who" fans rejoice -- the BBC says it has recovered nine episodes of the sci-fi series that were feared lost in space and time.

The broadcaster says the missing episodes, and two others, were found in the storeroom of a television relay station in Nigeria.

"Doctor Who" was first broadcast in 1963 and remains one of the BBC's most popular programs.

Some early episodes were lost because the broadcaster wiped the tapes clean for re-use.

The BBC says the lost episodes were tracked down by tracing records of overseas shipments of BBC tapes for transmission.

The recovered episodes date from 1967 and 1968 and feature Patrick Troughton, the second of a dozen actors to play the show's time-traveling hero.

They will be offered for sale on iTunes and DVD.

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