Friday, October 11, 2013

DOCTOR WHO MISSING EPISODES RECOVERED!


Blogtor attended a very special event today in London regarding Doctor Who "missing episodes", check out the official press release below. We were treated to Episode One of The Enemy of the World and episode Two of The Web of Fear - which both looked brilliant.

Pictures feature Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling and screencaps from previously missing eps (click on the images for bigger versions). Also check out the picture of the mini wooden Yeti prop from The Web of Fear featured at the press launch earlier today (pictured right).

BBC Worldwide is delighted to announce that nine recordings from the 1960s featuring missing episodes of Doctor Who have been recovered in Nigeria, Africa.

Eleven Doctor Who episodes were discovered (nine of which were missing) by Phillip Morris, director of Television International Enterprises Archive, by the tracking records of overseas shipments made by the BBC containing tapes for transmission. BBC Worldwide has re-mastered these episodes to restore them to the fantastic quality that audiences expect from Doctor Who.

The stories recovered are The Enemy of the World (1967) and The Web of Fear (1968), both starring Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor. The Enemy of the World, is the fourth six-part tale of Series 5 which first aired on the BBC in December 1967. Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 had been missing from the BBC archives. Alongside Patrick Troughton who plays both the Time Lord and his antagonist (Ramon Salamander) are his companions Frazer Hines (Jamie) and Deborah Watling (Victoria).


Also recovered is the 1968 six-part story, The Web of Fear. Episodes 2 – 6 were feared lost forever but now episodes 2, 4, 5, and 6 have been recovered. Unfortunately, episode three is still missing but a restoration team has reconstructed this part of the story using a selection of the 37 images that were available from the episode along with the original audio which has been restored.

 

Also starring Patrick Troughton alongside Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling, The Web of Fear introduces Nicholas Courtney for the first time as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (who later returns as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart).


All episodes will be available to download exclusively from iTunes on 11 October. The Enemy of the World will also be available to pre-order exclusively on DVD from BBC Shop from 11 October for release on 22 November. The Web of Fear will be available on DVD from early 2014.



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.”



5 comments:

Caveman Ninja said...

Hooray! I've always wanted to see Web of Fear. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! New (old)Doctor Who episodes released on my birthday!

Anonymous said...

This makes me curious as to what the additional 2 episodes were that were discovered. They maybe in better condition than the previously existing versions.

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Can't wait for the DVDs. Shame on the BBC for making this iCrap exclusive for now though.

Anonymous said...

Very excited about this. Well done x1000 to the people who found these. As I recall from when they were originally broadcast, Pat's first 2 seasons were the very best DW ever.
Am I the only one thinking that we now have more information about the sort of places to look for still more missing episodes?
I am secretly hoping that seekers of missing episodes are even now reviewing strategy and/or negotiating for even more.
Probably wishful thinking . . .

In answer to the question posted at 6:54 am on 11th Oct - I believe the additional 2 episodes found were the 2 single episodes from each of the adventures already on the 'Lost in Time' box-set. However I'm wondering how the quality compares.