BBC announced great news today to the delight of Whovians worldwide. Two full stories that were previously lost have been found. “The Enemy of the World” and most of “The Web of Fear “are no longer lost. Before this announcement there were 106 total missing “Doctor Who” episodes, which equated in 27 incomplete stories from the first six years of the program.
All six episodes of “The Enemy of the World” were uncovered along with episodes two, four, five and six of “The Web of Fear”. Unfortunately the third episode is still missing. Both of the newly found stories originally aired at the end of 1967 and the beginning of 1968 and starred Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. Travelling along with the Doctor were two companions, Jaime McCrimmon as portrayed by Fraser Hines and Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield.
Fans have been glued to social media all week waiting for an official announcement about the episodes that were found. Whispers began to gain strength around June 2013 and eventually were thought to be just another fake rumor. Four months later some of the details seem to be true while some were grossly exaggerated.
BBC filmed the episodes on videotape and when they were distributed across the globe, some were transferred over to film for the foreign broadcasters. This is how most of the lost episodes have been found so far since the BBC regularly recycled or reused videotape due to extensive cost at the time. These episodes were found in Nigeria.
The episodes will be available to download directly from iTunes. “Enemy of The World” will also be released to DVD on November 22,2013, while fans will have to wait until 2014 for “The Web of Fear” on DVD. In what is turning out to be an amazing 50th anniversary year, it is hard to anticipate what other surprises lie in store.
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