Wow! That's all that I have to say about this week's news. I never thought in all my years that we'd have 9 episodes turn up at once. The best that we've had in the past was 4 episodes turning up together and completing a whole story in 1992. Now we've got one completed and another one almost completed in a snap. This is the best 50th anniversary present I could think of for the series and I can't wait for the DVD releases. The rumor is that they'll come without commentary or extras which I think would selling the fans short. Every other DVD release has had commentary and extras and I'd rather they didn't rush these ones out there without giving it the full treatment. I want to know what the people who made it thought of the show. The cynical side of me thinks that they might be doing this on purpose so that they can later issue a "special edition" of each story with the commentary and extras so that we'll pay again.
In the end, I'm just excited. We're down to 97 missing episodes. I never thought we'd get below 100 in my lifetime. I do hope that the further searching through Africa turns up fresh episodes. It sounds like Africa is really the last bastion of hope on the treasure hunt. Isolated episodes in the hands of private collectors may exist elsewhere but in Africa we've got a whole continent where large numbers of episodes may have simply been misplaced or they've lost track of the fact that they were ever supposed to be returned to the BBC. I am really grateful for these hunters who sometimes go into places that are dangerous for Europeans in the hopes that they can enrich all of our lives with this content. I hope there's more news to come soon.