Missing Doctor Who Episodes Playing in Movie Marathon

Photo: BBC
Photo: BBC

Need more Who? Just can’t wait until Peter Capaldi takes over as the new Doctor in season 8? Hold on to your fezes, Whovians.

Missing Doctor Who episodes from the classic series that were recovered last year will be airing at a public marathon screening on Feb. 22nd at the Prince Charles cinema in London.

The episodes “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear”, featuring Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor and originally airing in 1967 and 1968, were thought lost when the original tapes were perhaps not so wisely wiped by the BBC (why, BBC, why??). Although the originals were wiped, the discovered episodes, like many others, were found on copies transferred to film to sell to foreign broadcasters.

The episodes were discovered in 2013 by Television International Archives Director Phillip Morris, who found the copies of the episodes gathering dust in 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,” Morris told the BBC. “When I read the story code I realized I’d found something pretty special.”

The story of “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear” each are covered by a six episode arc. The BBC already had episode three of “The Enemy of The World” in their archives. Discovered episodes one, two, four, five, and six complete the story. The BBC was also in possession of episode one of “The Web of Fear”, and episodes two, four, five and six were found in Nigeria, leaving episode three still missing. However, a reconstruction of the episode has been created from stills, enabling viewers to watch the entirety of both stories.

Viewers of the new episodes will watch the Doctor combat the Great Intelligence, fight Yetis in the London Underground, and watch the Doctor strip to his long johns, the BBC promises.

The event has now unsurprisingly sold out however never fear, you can get “The Enemy of the World” on DVD, and “The Web of Fear” will be released on February 24

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