You know those long-lost Doctor Who episodes that have been churning up the rumor mill? Well, they’re finally here. Want to see?
The BBC has officially released the 1967-1968 serials “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear” on iTunes. The two serials — which have been lost to the world for more than 40 years — star Second Doctor Patrick Troughton in two iconic tales.
The episodes were recovered by Television International Enterprises Archive director Philip Morris, who tracked records of tape shipments made by the BBC to Africa for transmission. The tapes had apparently been left gathering dust in a television relay station in Nigeria for decades.
So, yeah, miracles do still happen.
Here’s the official synopsis for the two recovered eps:
The first recovered story, "The Enemy of the World," is a six-episode tale which first aired on the BBC in December 1967. The story features Patrick Troughton as both the Second Doctor and his antagonist (Ramon Salamander), alongside companions Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling). Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 had previously been missing from the BBC Archives, and were returned by Morris.
Also recovered is the 1968 six-episode story, "The Web of Fear." Also starring Patrick Troughton alongside Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling the story introduces Nicholas Courtney for the first time as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (who later returns as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart). Episodes 2-6 were feared lost, but now episodes 2, 4, 5, and 6 have been recovered. With episode 3 still missing, the restoration team has reconstructed this part of the story using a selection of the 37 images that were still available from the episode along with the original audio, which has been restored.
Both serials are available online now at iTunes. So kick back and enjoy!
(Via Coming Soon)