In the news we have all been waiting for, BBC have confirmed today that eleven episodes of Doctor Who – nine of which were considered lost – have been discovered in Nigeria.
All six episodes of The Enemy of the World and five of The Web of Fear were found by Phillip Morris, director of Television International Enterprises Archive, in a television relay station in Jos, central Nigeria. BBC Worldwide is currently re-mastering the episodes which will will launch exclusively on iTunes at 00.01 on October 11, 2013.
The Enemy of the World sees Troughton take on the dual-role of both the Doctor and his antagonist, Salamander, in a thrilling tale of spies, natural disasters and one man’s desire to control the whole world. Also recovered is the 1968 story, The Web of Fear. Episode Three is still missing but has been reconstructed using still image ‘telesnaps’ of the episode and the original audio soundtrack, which has been restored. The story introduces Nicholas Courtney as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (the Brigadier) and sees the Doctor do battle with the Great Intelligence for a second time.
Phillip 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 realised I’d found something pretty special.”