Trailers for recovered Doctor Who episodes: ‘The Web of Fear’ and ‘The Enemy of the World’
So hurrah! Several more lost episodes of Doctor Who have been recovered, this time from a disused television relay station in Nigeria. It hasn’t come a moment too soon considering the 50th anniversary is only around the corner.
The two serials are from Patrick Troughton’s era as the second Doctor, they are The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World. A great number of stories were lost from Troughton’s tenure as the Time Lord due to the BBC’s practice of wiping tapes during the 1960s and 1970s. The exercise was a way of saving space but little did the BBC know that over 40 years later, people would still be clambering to see these now classic episodes or that the global media interest surrounding the news would be so immense.
Luckily, for Doctor Who fans this practice of wiping tapes was eventually stopped and it is always a cause for celebration when the tapes are recovered. The last discovery was back in 2011 when a number of lost episodes were recovered, Galaxy 4 part three and The Underwater Menace part two were found by two collectors.
Thanks to Blue Peter we also have the regeneration scene between the first Doctor played by William Hartnell and the second Doctor, otherwise that too would have been lost in television history as well. However, the hunt is still on to find the remaining 97-odd lost episodes. With a renewed awareness and interest in the programme it might still be possible to find those other episodes.
Here are trailers from the serials that have been recovered:
The Web of Fear:
The Enemy of the World:
For further reading see:doctor who, Frazer Hines, Jamie McCrimmon, patrick troughton, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear
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