When I first saw the headline I thought for sure that this was a joke.
Had to be, with a title like “The Time Hoard: Missing episodes of Doctor Who from 1960s found gathering dust in a cupboard in Nigeria.” Had to be the Onion or April Fools’ Day or something like that.
I’m still not certain that’s not the case. But the Telegraph seems utterly serious:
Nine long-lost episodes of Doctor Who, which have not been seen since the 1960s, have been recovered after they were tracked down gathering dust in a store room in Nigeria.
The discovery will cause much excitement for devotees of the long-running series, for which there are dozens of missing episodes dating back to its early years
The previously lost nine shows were among 11 traced to a television relay station and the find brings back to life an entire six-episode story, while another is almost complete…
Mr Morris said: ‘I remember wiping the dust off the masking tape on the canisters and my heart missed a beat as I saw the words Doctor Who. When I read the story code, I realised I’d found something pretty special.’
Ninety-seven episodes are still unaccounted for. Time for a search of the spam capitals of the world?
By the way, Nigeria isn’t really the mother of all spam in terms of where it’s actually sent from; that honor is shared by India, Brazil, and Vietnam. But much of it does indeed come from Nigeria. At least, it gives the appearance of that; spammers are clever enough to be able to hide their actual origins if they so choose.