Last week we passed along rumors
- and we repeat, these have just been RUMORS - that a boatload of missing episodes from the early run of the original Doctor Who
program might have been located. Yesterday we added an update to the bottom of that story, pointing out that the originators of the story about the rumors - the folks at BleedingCool.com - appeared to be backpeddling about this information.
Overnight, however, we found a story at io9.com
how one person that might be involved in such a recovery, Ian Levine
, had been on Twitter, posting lots of tweets which suggested that there might be something to these rumors after all. We'll let you read and judge for yourself. In the meantime, the folks at Bleeding Cool have posted official BBC word
on the matter, a brief statement from Philip Fleming, Head of Communications, Brands, Content & Digital, BBC Worldwide:
There are always rumours and speculation about Doctor Who missing episodes being discovered, however we cannot confirm any new finds.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the BBC would take this tone right now, when there is nothing firm to report or announce. What we're going to do here, for now, is back off of the reporting until (and unless!) something becomes official. In the meantime, let's assume that if there IS anything to all of this, then the folks in charge are in the process of negotiating, arranging, shipping, and/or whatever. Crossing the T's and dotting the I's. Making it happen. So we can eventually get them on DVD. So let's just give them room to make it happen, if indeed they can. Here's hoping!
Our thanks to everybody who wrote in, trying to contribute to this write-up.