Missing Doctor Who episodes recovered

Patrick Troughton as Doctor Who in 'The Underwater Menace'

Two Doctor Who episodes thought lost forever have been returned to the BBC Archive.

Discovered by film collector Terry Burnett in film canisters he had purchased from a village fete in Southampton in the early 80s, the classic footage contains Epsiode 3 of 'Galaxy 4' starring William Hartnell, and Episode 2 of 'The Underwater Menace' with Patrick Troughton.

The episodes were shown on Sunday at the BFI's Missing Believed Wiped event in London, hosted by Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss.

He 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?'

Over 100 Doctor Who episodes from the 1960s remain missing thanks to the then common practice of wiping tapes once the rights to them had expired.

Details of a commercial release of the episodes - the first complete ones to have been found since 2004 - will be announced by 2 Entertain next year.

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