October 11, 2013
If you’re a “Doctor Who” fan, it’s time to make like a Time Lord. The BBC has recovered nine episodes of the series. Best of all, they are now available exclusively in the iTunes Store. First launched in 1963, “Doctor Who” is a cultural phenomenon in the United Kingdom, and in other parts of the world. Unfortunately, some early episodes of the series were erased or thought lost forever. The episodes uncovered come from two stories – "The Enemy of the World," and The Web of Fear. Both feature the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, who played the role between 1963 and 1969. To date, there are still 27 “Doctor Who” stories that are missing or have incomplete episodes. As noted by the BBC:
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.”The recovered episodes are available for $1.99 each or $9.99 for each season:
Here are two clips from the missing episodes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z9Ckdpvg22w http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GPm6zcy_6j0 If you can't see them, click here and here. On Nov. 23, “Doctor Who” celebrates 50 years since the very first episode, “An Unearthly Child,” aired. Peter Capaldi will become the twelfth Doctor after this year’s Christmas special. He replaces Matt Smith, who served as the eleventh Doctor since 2010. Are you excited about these "new" "Doctor Who" episodes?