New old Doctor Who episodes uncovered!

According to the Mirror, a publication with which I have no past experience, over 100 lost episodes of Doctor Who were found in Ethiopia, and the BBC is currently negotiating to get them back.  (Note:  I'm assuming this site is somewhat credible, because Boing Boing linked the story.)

A group of dedicated Doctor Who fans tracked down at least 100 long-lost episodes of the show gathering dust more than 3,000 miles away in Ethiopia.

It was feared the BBC ­programmes from the 1960s – featuring the first two doctors William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton – had vanished for all time after the Beeb flogged off a load of old footage.

But after months of ­detective work the tapes have been unearthed at the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency.


The recovered episodes from the 60s include much-loved scenes from The Crusade, The Enemy of the World and The Ice Warriors series.

In the four-part Crusade story Hartnell and his ­assistant Vicki, played by Maureen O’Brien, arrive in the Tardis in Palestine in the 12th century just as King Richard the Lionheart is doing battle with the Saracen ruler Saladin.

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.

I can't help but imagine that something's going to go horribly wrong -- like, there'll be a fire in a shipping container, or David Tennant will show up and run a sonic screwdriver over all the tapes, wiping their content permanently to save history from some horrible truth.  (I felt pretty much the same way just before the announcement of the successful Higgs Boson confirmation.)

Fingers crossed, though.  According to Wikipedia, 106 is the total number of missing episodes.  This would be all of them, if it comes through.