9 Missing Episodes Of DOCTOR WHO Have Been Recovered: Trailers, Clips, And More


doctor whoJust in time for the 50th Anniversary later next month, 9 episodes of Doctor Who from the Patrick Troughton era have been recovered. Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 of 1967/68s The Enemy of the World have been found as well as episodes 2, 4, 5 and 6 of the following adventure The Web of Fear. This is the biggest find of lost Doctor Who episodes since 19 were returned to the BBC in 1977. This brings the number of missing Doctor Who episodes down to a slightly less maddening 97.

troughtonThe five episodes found for Enemy of the World complete the entire six-part adventure which sees Patrick Troughton playing both The Doctor and the adventure’s big bad, Salamander. Episode three, which was thought to be the only surviving episode, had been released on the Lost in Time Collection. The Web of Fear, which sees the introduction of the beloved Colonel (later Brigadier) Lethbridge-Stewart played by the late Nicholas Courtney, is still missing episode 3 but there is a chance it may be animated or recreated with audio recording like some previous Doctor Who missing episodes for stories that are nearly complete. The episodes were found in Nigeria by Phillip Morris, the director of Television International Enterprise Archives. Doctor Who Magazine had a quote from the Whovians’ new hero:

These films were discovered in Nigeria. They weren’t actually at the station they were sold to, they were at a relay station. In Nigeria they have an internal bicycling system. We had the privilege of working with the Nigerian Television Authority, who have been a great help to us in determining what they had of their own recordings and overseas recordings. Fortunately for us, I was at a station, and I saw a piece of masking tape on a shelf. I looked up and it said ‘Doctor Who’. And I thought, ‘That looks interesting!’ I pulled a film can down and I saw the story code: ‘Doctor Who. PP’. I thought, PP, let me have a check. I checked on my list and realised this was an episode of The Enemy of the World. So I pulled that can down, I saw there were six cans, and I thought, okay, there are six cans, so it’s possibly complete – but we’ll have to check that the contents match the cans, as cans get reused, or people put things in the wrong place. Then I counted another set of cans, which was Episodes 1 to 6 of The Web of Fear, except Episode 3. Episode 3 was not amongst them. So I checked those, they were complete, and I thought ‘Well, that’s not too bad!

The announcement was made earlier today at a press conference attended by Second Doctor companions Frazier Hines (longest serving companion to date Jamie McCrimmon) and Deborah Watling (Victoria). These finds now make three adventures available for Watling‘s Victoria Waterfield, who before could only be seen in The Tomb of the Cybermen. The two adventures are available on iTunes tomorrow with DVD releases coming for The Enemy of the World next month and The Web of Fear in early 2014.

There had been rumors circulating for months that as many as 100 lost episodes had been found, but that would have been an incredibly large number to find in one go. The 9 episodes found this year mark a major historical moment for the show. This rekindles the hope that other episodes aren’t lost to the ages as well. The BBC have released an interview clip with Morris, trailers for the two adventures, and several clips from the new finds. What do you think about the big Who news?


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Source : DoctorWhoMagazine.Com