The BBC has said that it has found a batch of missing early Doctor Who episodes which had been thought to be lost.

BBC News reports that some early episodes, first aired in the 1960s with William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, have been located. 

The original transmission tapes had been wiped after initial airings.

In total 106 episodes of the sci-fi series are thought to have been lost but some had been transferred on to film for foreign broadcasters and this is how the missing installments were saved.

The first episode of Doctor Who aired on the BBC in 1963 and the show’s fiftieth anniversary will be celebrated with a special episode to be aired on BBC One on 23rd November.

The show will feature Matt Smith as the Doctor with former Doctor David Tennant also set to return. New Doctor Peter Capaldi will take control of the TARDIS this Christmas.