Legendary lost Doctor Who tapes turn up in Ethiopia

A trove of Doctor Who episodes considered lost forever have been found by a team of fans – in Ethiopia.

100 episodes featuring the first two doctors, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, were thought to have been gone for good when the BBC sold them off, failing to foresee the popularity of the cult sci-fi show.

Each of the episodes was aired just once between 1964 and 1969, sold, with the originals then either lost or wiped.

The Sunday People said the dedicated fans uncovered the lost tapes at the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency.

The Beeb hopes it will be able to air the tapes during the 50th anniversary celebrations of Dr Who in November.

Dr Who boffin Stuart Kelly told the Sunday People: “I was told by a friend that the episodes had been found in Ethiopia. The BBC is negotiating to get them back right now. I really can’t say any more than that”.