A stash of Doctor Who episodes from the ’60’s (starring the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton) have been recovered in Nigeria and are finally going to see the light of day (some of the episodes have not been seen in 46 years) on iTunes.
BBC Worldwide has re-mastered these episodes to restore them to the fantastic quality that audiences expect from Doctor Who so that fans can appreciate them in a way that doesn’t detract from the storyline.
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.
Also recovered is the 1968 six-episode story, The Web of Fear. Also starring Patrick Troughton alongside Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling the 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.
For a lot of fans this will be their first viewing of the episodes while for long-time fans who were watching when the episodes first aired, this will be a trip down memory lane.
Either way, it’s going to be a fun ride.
You can download the episodes HERE