11 lost episodes of Doctor Who have been found and restored by the BBC ready for release on iTunes and DVD.
The episodes, which star Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor, are 1967’s The Enemy of the World and 1968’s The Web of Fear. Accompanied by Deborah Walting’s Victoria and Frazer Hines’ Jamie, the two six-part stories have not been seen in 45 years.
The recordings were found in Jos, Nigeria, at a TV relay station, explains Den of Geek, and they have been lovingly restored and remastered ready to be released today for the first time.
“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 realised I’d found something pretty special,” said Director of Television International Enterprises Archive Phillip Morris.
Episodes one, two, four, five and six The Enemy of the World were once thought missing. Episode three of The Web of Fear is still missing – although it has been reconstructed with 37 still images accompanied by the original audio.
The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear will be released on DVD on Monday 22nd November and in early 2014 respectively. For Doctor Who fans who don’t want to wait, though, the magic of video on-demand means you can jump ahead several months watch them both right now.
The lost Doctor Who episodes are now available on iTunes for £9.99 each.