Missing Episodes Recovered!

Two classic episodes of Doctor Who — thought to be missing forever — have been returned to the BBC archive.

Episode 3 of the William Hartnell adventure Galaxy 4 and Episode 2 of Patrick Troughton’s The Underwater Menace were purchased by film collector Terry Burnett at a village fete near Southampton in the early 80s. He had been unaware that the canisters contained material missing from the BBC.

Thanks to the kind loan by Mr Burnett, the classic footage has been shown today at the British Film Institute’s annual Missing Believed Wiped event at the National Film Theatre in London. Host at the event was Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss who said: Christmas has come early for Doctor Who fans everywhere. It’s always wonderful when a missing episode turns up but it’s been years since the last one so to have two is just brilliant. Add to that a proper bit of action from the legendary Chumblies (and the horrifying Rills!) plus the utterly mesmeric Patrick Troughton on great form. Well, what more could we all ask for? — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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