Confirmed at last! Long-lost Doctor Who episodes HAVE been found

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Oct 8, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

Awesome news for Whovians everywhere! BBC News has confirmed long-running rumors that lost Doctor Who episodes had recently been found.

According to them, BBC Worldwide is set to confirm the exciting news at a press screening taking place later this week that a number (just how many is being kept under wraps for now) of early Doctor Who episodes were returned home to Auntie Beeb.

In all, 106 episodes from the early years of the beloved sci-fi series featuring the first two Doctors—William Hartnell’s First Doctor and Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor—are currently missing because the BBC destroyed a staggering amount of original transmission tapes back in the 1960s and 1970s.

However—and thankfully—a lot of those episodes had been transferred to film for the foreign broadcasters, which saved a few of those heretofore-thought-forever-lost episodes.

Back in 1991, the full four installments of “The Tomb of the Cybermen,” featuring Doctor number Two Patrick Troughton, were discovered in Hong Kong. This time, the lost Who episodes are rumored to come from Ethiopia.

The BBC will also probably announce how fans will be able to watch those recently found episodes later this week.

The extraordinary find coincides with the 50th anniversary of the long-running series, which will celebrate its half-century on Nov. 23 with a special episode titled "The Day of the Doctor," starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt.

How excited are you about the confirmation that long-lost Doctor Who episodes have truly been found?

(via BBC News)