Doctor Who thing: yes, missing episodes have been found!


Turns out there was some truth to the rumor I posted on Monday that some missing 1960s-era Doctor Who episodes have been found. From BBC News:

Nine missing episodes of 1960s Doctor Who have been found at a TV station in Nigeria, including most of the classic story The Web of Fear.

The black and white story sees Patrick Troughton’s second Doctor battle robot yeti in the London Underground.

Also recovered is a complete version of Troughton’s six-part story The Enemy of the World.

It is thought to be the largest haul of missing episodes recovered in the last three decades.

Only episode three of The Enemy of the World already existed in the BBC archive. The Nigerian discovery of episodes one, two, four, five and six complete the story.

Episode one of fan favourite The Web of Fear existed, with the rest thought lost forever. Now episodes two, four, five and six have been recovered.

Episode three is still missing, but has been reconstructed from stills to enable restored versions of both stories to be made available for sale via download on Friday.

The latest find means that the number of missing episodes of Doctor Who has dropped from 106 to 97.

More about the episodes from yesterday’s press conference at BBC News. Download the “new” episodes from iTunes.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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Fri, Oct 11, 2013 12:10pm

Hurrah! Web of Fear is a patchy, but fairly kinetic story; I think it’ll work a lot better with movement than in the stills-only version I watched recently. Enemy of the World is sheerly excellent. They do have in common that they have trouble thinking of things for Jamie and Victoria to do, because they have excellent supporting cast. And that they’re a break from the base-under-siege template that otherwise largely infested that series of Who

Fri, Oct 11, 2013 5:31pm

damn! i don’t have itunes… not fair! not fair!

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  bronxbee
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 9:34pm

I do, and we can watch when you visit. I’m sure I won’t have time to do so before then.

reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 11:03pm

well, okay then…