Doctor Who fans rejoice – the BBC says it has recovered nine episodes of the sci-fi series that were feared lost in space and time.
The broadcaster says the missing episodes, and two others, were found in the storeroom of a television relay station in Nigeria.
Doctor Who was first broadcast in 1963 and remains one of the BBC’s most popular programs. Some early episodes were lost because the broadcaster wiped the tapes clean for re-use.
The recovered episodes date from 1967 and 1968 and feature Patrick Troughton, the second of a dozen actors to play the show’s time-traveling alien hero.
They will be offered for sale on iTunes, and later on DVD. Almost 100 episodes of the series are still missing.
PBS to air ‘Downton’ preview special
PBS is setting the table for the Downton Abbey feast ahead with a preview special planned for broadcast in December.
PBS’ Masterpiece says Return to Downton Abbey will air Dec. 1 with what’s billed as a tantalizing taste of the upcoming season, which begins Jan. 5.
Susan Sarandon serves as host for the special, a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, clips of favorite moments and interviews with cast members.
Study shows decline in LGBT portrayals
Fewer gay and bisexual characters are part of the new broadcast TV season following a record-setting year, while cable depictions continued to increase, according to a new study from a media advocacy group.
GLAAD’s 18th annual Where We Are on TV report released Friday says 3.3 percent of 796 regularly appearing characters on prime-time broadcast dramas and comedies are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Last season’s study by GLAAD put LGBT depictions at 4.4 percent.
Despite the decline this season, characters such as an interracial lesbian couple raising their children on ABC Family’s The Fosters have not only moved the conversation about LGBT people forward but are popular with viewers, GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz said.
DC releases book for Batman anniversary
The Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary won’t be hiding in the shadows of the night.
DC Entertainment will mark the milestone for Batman in the spring with a weekly comic book, Batman Eternal, written by Scott Snyder and others and art by Jason Fabok.
The publisher also said Thursday, ahead of the start of the annual New York Comic Con, that it will release an anniversary edition of Detective Comics No. 27 in honor of Bruce Wayne’s first appearance in May 1939.
The Bob Kane and Bill Finger-created character’s origin will get a modern-day retelling in the 104-page issue by Brad Meltzer and Bryan Hitch.
The issue is out Jan. 8.