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LOST DOCTOR WHO EPISODES Available

Now on iTunes

By Robert T. Trate     October 10, 2013
Source: BBC


Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor!
© BBC
We have some great news for Doctor Who fans. The BBC has made eleven lost episodes available to Doctor Who fans. Check out the official press release below to find out how you can see original episodes that have been missing for over 45 years! It will be interesting to see if any of these episodes shape the continuing adventures of the Doctor.
 
Official Press Release: BBC Worldwide North America announces that a stash of BBC master tapes from the 1960s featuring missing episodes of Doctor Who has been recovered in Nigeria, Africa. The BBC has re-mastered the tapes, and is making two stories, The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear, now available exclusively on iTunes (www.itunes.com/DoctorWho).
 
Eleven Doctor Who episodes were discovered (nine of which have not been seen for 46 years) by Philip Morris, director of Television International Enterprises Archive, by tracking records of tape shipments made by the BBC to Africa for transmission. Morris says, “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 realized I’d found something pretty special.”
 
BBC Worldwide has re-mastered these episodes to restore them to the fantastic quality that audiences expect from Doctor Who. The titles are available exclusively on iTunes - www.itunes.com/DoctorWho.
 
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 Watlingthe 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.
 
Beth Clearfield, SVP, Digital Distribution & Business Development says, “For many, this will be their first chance to watch these long-lost Doctor Who stories. We’re thrilled to partner with iTunes in bringing these missing gems back to new and long-time fans after all these years.”
 
On November 23, 2013, Doctor Who celebrates 50 years since the very first episode, An Unearthly Child, aired on BBC television. A number of episodes from the first series of Doctor Who were lost as a result of BBC Archive space-saving measures and there are still 27 Doctor Whostories that are missing or have incomplete episodes.

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wrrlykam 10/11/2013 8:24:18 AM

The BBC flatly denied that any Doctor Who material was on those tapes from Nigeria. Now it turns out someone at the Beeb was lying. Anyway is is fantastic to have two completed lost stories available a great treat in the dawdle up to 50th anniversay..

wrrlykam 10/11/2013 8:36:44 AM

May be 'completed' isnot quite true of the Web of Fear but better one recreated audio slideshow episode than none at all.

Wyldstaar 10/11/2013 12:48:54 PM

If I were the reporter at Bleeding Cool who broke this story back in June, only to be discredited by Phillip Morris and the BBC afterward, I'd be seriously P.O.ed.

HomestarRunner 10/11/2013 3:08:16 PM

Hate to say it, but that's how the industry works. If they are not ready to announce something, they will deny and discredit until such time that they are ready.

So, on one side, you have people waiting to reveal the big surprise and, on the other, you have the people who are trying to announce it early for the sake of breaking the big story.

I'd have to side with the BBC on this one.

wrrlykam 10/11/2013 3:22:23 PM

@Wyldstaar - Yeah agreed, they really laid it on thick that nothing in the report was true. From a statement back in June.

A BRIEF STATEMENT.

T.I.E.A DOES NOT HOLD ANY MISSING EPISODES OF THE LONG RUNNING DR WHO SERIES. THE ORIGINAL VIDEO TAPES WERE WIPED SUBSEQUENT FILM COPIES WERE EITHER RETURNED TO THE BBC AND SENT TO LANDFILL ODD FRAGMENTS HAVE SURFACED TWO EPISODES ON 16MM FILM BUT THATS IT. THE PROGRAMMES IN QUESTION LIKE MANY OTHERS WERE DESTROYED AS THEY HAD NO FURTHER COMMERCIAL VALUE. THEY ARE NOT MISSING BUT DESTROYED THE END.I am sorry if this upsets some people but these are the facts. I have also become aware of the tracking of some of our clients shipments these are local cultural materials sent to us for migration to a modern format as the playback equipment in the country of origin no longer exists and as such is the best road to preserve international cultural heritage .I will be making no more statements on this subject.

Philip MORRIS Executive director T.i.e.a

 

Hmm, 'Smoke and Mirrors' me thinks.

 

Bought The Web of Fear and the video transfer looks very good, at least on my laptop screen in set on full screen.

I must say I'm torn between "yeah!" I can get it now and "Oh" this could have been a great viewing as part 50th anniversary programming in a few months.

RobertTrate 10/11/2013 3:47:14 PM

 I think they will broadcast them. This format allows the insane die hards to see them right now!

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