Some news days are better than other, and today is a news day for the books. It seems that quite a few new episodes of classic Doctor Who have been discovered in Ethiopia. The episodes are said to feature the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton. After a similar hoax earlier this year, we were concerned with the legitimacy of this news, but after doing some digging, we can say that we are convinced that it’s the real deal. We sat down with Troughton himself at BBC’s Doctor Who Experience to discuss this exciting news. “I thought that these episodes were gone forever, and to see my work come back into popularity after so long is a real treat.”
The BBC is set to make an announcement later this week. Will Troughton be there? “Of course I will,” he told us. “I wouldn’t be caught dead missing such an event!” The plots featured in the newly discovered episodes are still a mystery, but Troughton explained one of the few that he could still remember.
“We reveal the daily life, as it were, of the daleks. There was a wonderful episode where I had to help one of them. It was sort of a slapstick gag where he’s trying to clear out a clogged toilet, but his daughter is getting married, so he has to make a cake at the same time.” His eyes are practically glowing with excitement. “Of course, I can’t see where this would be a problem for someone like him, but, being the Doctor, I decide that I should help.” He leans back in his chair. “Ah, that cake. That frosting. Definitely my favorite episode to film.”
So have all of the lost episodes been found, or are there more out there? “Oh, there’s more,” Troughton tells us. “I filmed at least six hundred episodes, and I’m sure some of them haven’t even aired yet! Not to mention that little episode that I filmed with my friends on my old camera.”
It sounds like Parick Troughton is excited, and if he’s excited then so are we.
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These two are treating the somewhat more wild speculation with the respect it deserves. Kudos on the comedy.
Let’s wait, not jump the gun, be cautiously optimistic while still skeptical about this, and wait for whatever news comes out of the press release/event/whatever on Tuesday. As the Nerdlyweds quite correctly point out, we’ve been whammed by hoaxes and overblown rumors about this kind of things several times over the last decade or so.
But as a fan… Going to sleep Monday night is going to be like trying to go to sleep on Christmas Eve. What is he bringing? What am I getting? What is he bringing? What am I getting? What is he bringing? What am I getting? What is he bringing? What am I getting? What is he bringing? What am I getting? What is he bringing? What am I getting? What is he bringing? What am I getting? What is he bringing? What am I getting?