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When the BBC brings over 800 episodes of Doctor Who to its iPlayer streaming service next week, part of the celebrations will include an extra treat for Who fans young and old: the chance to listen to audio recordings of stories lost to the BBC’s archival junking program decades ago.
The Radio Times reports that the BBC’s podcasting/radio platform BBC sounds has been updated to include a new podcast set to go live on November 1, the date the corporation will add over 800 episodes of Doctor Who to the iPlayer alongside a comprehensive archive of behind-the-scenes material stretching back across 60 years of the show’s history. Simply titled Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes, the podcast is described as follows:
Now, those recordings form the basis for the only way fans can currently experience these long-lost episodes: either as audio in releases like this upcoming podcast, or to serve as the basis for the ongoing animated remakes of largely-incomplete serials. It’s fascinating to watch the BBC make the legacy of one of its biggest mistakes with Doctor Who a key part of celebrating a major milestone in its 60th anniversary—but if it means giving fans of all stripes a chance to at least experience part of that history, it’s a worthy endeavor.
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