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BREAKING NEWS Doctor Who: Nine Missing Episodes Recovered

It’s the news that fans around the world have been waiting
for – at a private press conference today, BBC Worldwide announced that in one
of the biggest Doctor Who missing
episode finds of all time, nine missing episodes of Doctor Who starring Patrick
Troughton have been recovered from Nigeria.
Second Doctor serials The
Enemy of the World
and The Web of
Fear
were both recovered by Philip Morris, director of Television
International Enterprises Archive from a television relay station in Nigeria.
They have been re-mastered for release and will all be available online and on
DVD very soon.
Five episodes – Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 – were
discovered of six-part 1967 serial The
Enemy of the World
, starring Patrick Troughton (the Second Doctor), Frazer
Hines (Jamie) and Deborah Watling (Victoria). Episode 3 had previously been
discovered, so the find completes the serial.
Four episodes – Episodes 2, 4, 5 & 6 were also
discovered of 1968 serial The Web of
Fear,
starring Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling and
Nicholas Courtney in his first ever appearance as Colonel (later Brigadier)
Lethbridge-Stewart . Episode 1 previously existed in the archives, but Episode
3 was unfortunately not recovered. However, the Restoration Team have
reconstructed using images available from the episode and original audio.
In a move sure to please fans, all of the episodes are available on iTunes right now priced at £1.89 per episode or £9.99 for each serial. Both stories will also be
available on DVD soon – The Enemy of the
World
will be available for pre-order today from BBC Shop for a release on
22nd November, and The Web of Fear will
be available in early 2014.
Philip Morris, who found the episodes, stated:

“The tapes had been left
gathering dust in a store room at a television relay station in Nigeria. 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.”

Fiona Eastwood, Director of Consumer
Products at BBC Worldwide also said of the find:

“We are thrilled with the recent
discovery of The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World and we’re very happy to
be launching re-mastered versions of these treasured episodes to fans as we
celebrate the 50th year of Doctor Who.”

There’s still 97 missing episodes
out there – but such a large find is a vital step in the recovery of Doctor Who‘s lost past.
[Source: BBC Worldwide]