Hope for Whovians as it's suggested 97 lost Doctor Who episodes may be recovered from private collectors; Paul Vanezis, who found four lost episodes in the 1980s, is confident that fans will see many more of the black and white episodes that disappeared.
Byline: Nicola Methven
Some of the missing 97 episodes of Doctor Who could be returned to the BBC, an expert has claimed.
BBC Doctor Who archivist Paul Vanezis -- who in the 1980s unearthed four lost instalments in Cyprus -- said he knew where more of the black and white episodes are located.
The William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton eras of the show were decimated when the BBC purged archives in the 1970s with the start of colour TV -- believing no one would watch black and white shows again.
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Mr Vanezis said: "There are missing Doctor Whos with private collectors.
"They may be interested in handing them over."
Meanwhile the BBC were recently forced to deny a trailer for the upcoming series of the show is on its way after a fake article appeared online.
Starring new Doctor Jodie Whittaker, the ten-episode series will run from Sunday 23 September and Friday 21 December.
Lost episode of Doctor Who, including those starring Patrick Troughton, may be recovered
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Episodes featuring first Doctor William Hartnell also went for a wander