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Long-Lost Doctor Who Episodes Discovered in Private Collection

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Long-Lost <i>Doctor Who</i> Episodes Discovered in Private Collection

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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