The now-complete The Enemy of the World and the almost-complete The Web of Fear (with the one missing episode available as a reconstruction) are now both available for purchase in the iTunes store, with DVD releases forthcoming.
(I don’t even have a gif that properly conveys just how excited I am right now.)
BBC Worldwide North America announces that a stash of BBC master tapes from the 1960s featuring missing episodes of Doctor Who has been recovered in Nigeria, Africa. The BBC has re-mastered the tapes, and is making two stories, The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear, now available exclusively on iTunes (www.itunes.com/DoctorWho).
Eleven Doctor Who episodes were discovered (nine of which have not been seen for 46 years) by Philip Morris, director of Television International Enterprises Archive, by tracking records of tape shipments made by the BBC to Africa for transmission. Morris says, “The tapes had been left gathering dust in a store room at a television relay station in Nigeria. 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’. When I read the story code I realized I’d found something pretty special.”
BBC Worldwide has re-mastered these episodes to restore them to the fantastic quality that audiences expect from Doctor Who.
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, and were returned by Morris.
Also recovered is the 1968 six-episode story, The Web of Fear. Also starring Patrick Troughton alongside Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling the story introducesNicholas 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.
Doctor Who: The Web of Fear
The Great Intelligence; also seen before in Classic Who.
Notice how it always takes a different form. In Classic Who it was ”a mass of tentacles and mouths” but took over other life forms too. In The Snowmen it’s snow and in the episode The Bells of Saint John it’s Wi-Fi (with an actual proper face this time). Also notice how in the last two episodes it took over kids, first Walter Simeon, who was just a little boy when the snow started talking to him. And second Miss Kizlet, who still had the mind of a little girl when the Great Intelligence let her go.
Find out more about the Doctor’s old enemy…The Snowmen saw the return of the Great Intelligence, the malevolent force that threatened to destroy humanity through the sinister Doctor Simeon. It was the first adventure in over forty years to feature the Intelligence, so what’s the story behind this terrifying and mysterious foe?
The Great Intelligence first appeared The Abominable Snowmen, a 1967 story set in a remote Himalayan monastery. It returned the following year in The Web of Fear where the Doctor was able to foil its attack focussed on the London Underground and the 2012 Christmas Special saw the Time Lord facing his old enemy in Victorian England.
We’ve received lots of questions about the Intelligence’s previous appearances and so we’re delighted to roll out our Great Intelligence Collection. All three of their adventures are included and the collection comprises clips, information about the stories, galleries (including a behind-the-scenes look at their debut), Fourth Dimensions and much more…
The new pages include:
The Abominable Snowmen: Travel to the Himalayas for the Intelligence’s first adventure.
The Web of Fear: The Intelligence invades the London Underground