Time has not been kind to Doctor Who. When the time travel show debuted in the 60s, it was common practice for television stations to wipe and reuse tapes. Doctor Who has 106 lost episodes but that number just got a little smaller.
Nine of the lost episodes were found by Philip Morris, Director of Television International Enterprises Archive AKA “the Indiana Jones of the film world.” The episodes were in a film canister sitting on a storeroom shelf at a television relay station in Nigeria. It’s the biggest find in over 25 years says Morris.
“Christmas seems to have come early for Doctor Who fans,” he told the BBC. “In the 50th anniversary of the show, we’ve managed to recover two Doctor Who stories, ‘The Web of Fear’ and ‘The Enemy of the World’ starring Patrick Troughton.”
The episodes haven’t been broadcast on television since they originally aired in 1968 and that’s not going to change anytime soon. The BBC has digitally remastered the episodes, which are being offered on iTunes and DVD: The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear.
The latest ‘renewal’ is the six episode serial “The Power of the Daleks,” which features the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). The entire serial will be animated as all of the episodes have been lost. The classic Doctor Who episodes will re-air for the first time in 50 years on BBC America.
Doctor Who lost episodes preview:
“The Enemy of the World”
The Doctor meets an evil doppelganger named Salamander.
“The Web of Fear”
The Doctor battles the Great Intelligence and its robot yeti army.