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Doctor Who Recovered Episodes Confirmed: The Enemy Of The World And The Web Of Fear Hit iTunes

EnemyWorldThe rumors are true, people! For months now there have been whispers and speculation about the BBC recovering a mess of previously lost Doctor Who material, with rumors that they were being cleaned up and prepared for release in advance of the show’s big 50th anniversary hootenanny next month. Now, finally — finally — the BBC has made it official. And the news is good!

As was rumored earlier this week, the BBC did indeed recover a large quantity of Doctor Who tapes in Africa — at the time the location was listed as Ethiopia, but according to the BBC’s press release, the material was actually found in Nigeria. All told, 11 Doctor Who episodes have been recovered, nine of which haven’t been seen in any form during the past 46 years. Two of those stories — The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear — are now available for purchase exclusively on iTunes.

Both serials feature the Second Doctor, played with disheveled aplomb by Patrick Troughton. The Enemy of the World first aired in December 1967. In it, the Second Doctor and his companions Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling) face off against the evil Ramon Salamander…also played by Patrick Troughton! I love a good doppelganger. Here’s a quick synopsis from the Doctor Who wiki:

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Daleks Invade Hogwarts And The Firefly Crew Is Adorable In This Art Roundup

Doctor Who. Harry Potter. They’re two of the most successful, most beloved genre properties out there, each with a passionate, devoted fanbase. Ask the fans which one’s better and you could easily set off a week’s worth of heated debate, furious brow-furrowing, and possibly some light to moderate physical violence. But I beg you, Who fans, Potter fans, can’t we all just get along? In fact, let’s celebrate our love of those excellent British exports by smacking them together until we get a doubly awesome hybrid. I give you the “Doctor Potter meme.”

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art by bakerstreettogallifrey

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Doctor Who Rumor: Two Thought-Lost Episodes Up For Sale This Week, With More To Follow

WhoHere we go again. You might recall earlier this year when we reported on a rumor that a massive collection of classic Doctor Who material had been rediscovered and that the BBC was in negotiations to acquire it. The haul was even said to include some episodes thought lost, which hadn’t seen the light of day since their original airing. It was an exciting thought, especially in light of Who’s 50th anniversary this year, but unfortunately it was almost as quickly dismissed as a hoax. We haven’t really heard anything about it since then. Once again, now comes a rumor that a quantity of lost Doctor Who material has been recovered…and this time you may be able to purchase some of them this very week.

This go-round started yesterday when the Mirror reported that “at least 100 long-lost episodes” of Doctor Who had been discovered at the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency. “Doctor Who expert Stuart Kelly revealed news of the discovery at the Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland last week,” says the Mirror. The haul is said to include tons of material from the adventures of the First and Second Doctors (William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, respectively). A so-called “television insider” was quoted as saying, “It is a triumph and fans ­everywhere will be thrilled.” The collection of recovered episodes is said to include material from “The Crusade,” “The Enemy of the World,” and “The Ice Warriors.”

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Help Turn The Empire State Building TARDIS Blue For Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary

Empire State BuildingI love the Empire State Building. Everything about it is iconic, from the construction to its architecture and symbolism. One of the aspects I love most about it is how its floodlights change colors to commemorate events and seasons. After 9/11, it was red, white, and blue for a long time. In December, it’s green, red, and white. It’s green for St. Patty’s Day. It’s been lit up to commemorate the Knicks, Rangers, and even Queen Elizabeth. Now, a petition has been circulating to turn the Empire State Building blue—and not just any blue, TARDIS blue—on November 23rd in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who, the longest running science fiction show ever.

New York SciFi & Fantasy, an organization whose existence was sadly unknown to me when I lived in the Big Apple, started the petition on change.org in order to persuade the folks in charge of the Empire State Building to show a little love to the Doctor. Come on now, the Empire State Building has celebrated the Lion King and Wrestlemania (seriously?! That’s both ridiculous and awesome), so a little nod to the Doctor and the TARDIS doesn’t seem like a huge stretch.

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Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Special Will Be Simulcast Around The Globe

DoctorDayWant more proof that Doctor Who is a bigger global phenomenon than ever before? The BBC has been celebrating the show’s five decades of life in a variety of ways over the past year, ranging from monthly short stories to comics to retrospective specials looking back at each of the Doctor’s incarnations over the decades. The big kahuna of them all, of course, is the upcoming 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor,” set to air on November 23rd. Now it’s going even bigger: the BBC has announced it will simulcast the special globally, meaning Who fans will all get to experience it simultaneously, regardless of what time it is in their respective time zone.

BBC Worldwide’s Tim Davie said of the simulcast:

Few TV shows can still lay claim to being appointment viewing but Doctor Who takes this to another level.In its 50th Anniversary year we wanted to create a truly international event for Doctor Who fans in as many countries as possible and the simultaneous broadcast and cinema screening of the special across so many countries will make for a fitting birthday tribute to our Time Lord.

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Steven Moffat Says Doctor Who Won’t Ignore Peter Capaldi’s Past Roles In The Show

PompeiiWhen it was announced that Peter Capaldi would be taking the TARDIS keys from Matt Smith and stepping into the role of the Twelfth Doctor later this year, many pointed out that the actor has already popped up in the Who-niverse. Twice, actually: once in the 2008 episode “The Fires of Pompeii” and again — playing a different character — in the excellent 2009 Torchwood: Children of Earth. There’s nothing terribly unusual about all of that; it’s hardly the first time an actor has put in minor appearances in Who before moving on to a more substantial role. But recent comments from showrunner Steven Moffat suggest that Capaldi’s role as the Doctor not only won’t ignore his earlier appearances, but they may serve as an actual plot point within the show.

So what the hell does that mean? Let’s take a look at Moffat’s exact words. In a video interview with Nerd3 (seen below), Moffat addresses Capaldi’s earlier roles in Who and Torchwood by saying:

I remember Russell [T Davies] told me that he had a big old plan as to why there were two Peter Capaldi’s in the Who universe: one in Pompeii and one in Torchwood. When I cast Peter and Russell got in touch to say how pleased he was, I said, ‘Okay, what was your theory and does it still work?” and he said, ‘Yes it does. Here it is…’

We’ll play that one out over time. It’s actually quite neat.