The 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: