BBC Confirms Uncovering of 9 Classic Doctor Who Episodes
The BBC has confirmed that 9 classic episodes of Doctor Who, previously thought to have been lost, have been returned and are ready for rerelease. According to the report, archivist Phillip Morris of Television International Enterprises Archive found tapes containing the episodes in a Nigerian television station.
“The tapes had been left gathering dust in a storeroom at a television relay station in Nigeria,” Morris said. “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.” Given the climate in which the tapes were stored, it’s miraculous that the copies suffered hardly any degradation. Morris added that the tapes had been stored away in “optimum condition.”
The uncovered episodes come from the show’s fifth season (dating all the way back to 1967), featuring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. Part of two, six-part serials, the uncovered episodes feature five from “The Enemy of the World” and four from “The Web of Fear.”
Both collections of episodes are already available for download on iTunes, with DVD releases to follow.
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