BBC officially announced the number and titles of the recovered episodes! Nine missing episodes were recovered, including most of the Patrick Troughton story “The Web of Fear” and the entire story, “The Enemy of the World.” New Who fans will recognize enemies like the Great Intelligence.
The episodes were discovered in Jos, Nigeria, in a storeroom at a television relay station. Both storylines are now available for sale on iTunes, and you can watch a clip on the BBC website!
This is said to be the biggest find in decades for Doctor Who. Let’s hope it’s still not the last!
Waiting for the 50th Anniversary Episode of Doctor Who may seem like small change to Sherlock fans, but that doesn’t mean it’s ever fun to wait through a TV show’s hiatus. But Doctor Who fans had a stroke of luck this time: they don’t have to wait for the 50th to get new content.
Fans of classic Who will already know this story (although you may not know the ending): in the 60s and 70s, the BBC destroyed hundreds of stored episodes of television shows in order to save space and money. These episodes included over a hundred episodes of Doctor Who episodes featuring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton.
There was a major find that resulted in the recovery of all four installments of “The Tomb of the Cybermen” in 1991, but since then, there have been only rumors of recovered episodes — until now. According to the BBC, “a number” (no specifics have been given on how many) of these missing episodes have been recovered. This is most likely due to the location of episodes that were transferred to film for foreign broadcasts; most recovered episodes so far have been found in other countries because of this practice. (The 1991 recovered episodes were found in Hong Kong.)
BBC Worldwide has a press screening scheduled in London later this week, where they are expected to confirm the recovery and give fans information on how they’ll be able to watch the episodes.
Still full of pent-up Whovian excitement and energy? Make sure to check out Matt Elliott, Eleventh Doctor Lookalike’s fundraising campaign so he can star in a Christmas Special parody celebrating the Eleventh Doctor and bidding him farewell!