The BBC has recovered two 1960s episodes of Doctor Who starring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton long believed lost to the ages. More than 100 episodes of the classic sci-fi series are missing because the network didn’t begin archiving its shows until 1978.
Revealed Sunday at a British Film Institute event, the two episodes were found in the collection of a former television engineer who, according to BBC News, had bought them in the 1980s without realizing they were “lost.”
The first episode, “Airlock,” is part of the four-part “Galaxy Four” storyline from 1965, and features original star Hartnell, a race of female clones, and the tiny robots called the Chumblies. The second episode, from the 1967 storyline “The Underwater Menace,” stars Troughton as the Second Doctor in a battle against a mad scientist attempting to restore Atlantis.
Both episodes are set to be released next year on DVD.
(video via BBC America)
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