The BBC has issued a carefully worded statement in response to rumours circulating online over the last 72 hours concerning the possible recovery of a lost archive of 90 Dr Who episodes.
106 episodes are believed to have been lost forever after the archive was wiped in a cost saving exercise, alongside hundreds of other broadcast classics.
Archivists Philip Morris and Ian Levine have sent Dr Who fans into a frenzy with apparent confirmation that a tranche of 90 of the episodes has been discovered.
Philip Fleming, Head of Communications, Brands, Content & Digital, BBC Worldwide has issued a carefully hedged statement which has not quashed the speculation surrounding the archive.
“There are always rumours and speculation about Doctor Who missing episodes being discovered, however we cannot confirm any new finds,” he said.
The archive in question is rumoured to have been returned to the BBC during 2011.