BBC finds Doc­tor Who hiding in Nige­ria

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LON­DON — Doc­tor Who fans re­joice — the BBC says it has re­cov­ered nine episodes of the sci-fi se­ries that were feared lost in space and time.

The broad­caster says the miss­ing episodes, and two oth­ers, were found in the store­room of a tele­vi­sion re­lay sta­tion in Nige­ria.

Doc­tor Who was first broad­cast in 1963 and re­mains one of the BBC’s most pop­u­lar pro­grams.

Some early episodes were lost be­cause the broad­caster wiped the tapes clean for re-use.

The BBC says the lost episodes were tracked down by trac­ing records of over­seas ship­ments of BBC tapes for trans­mis­sion.

The re­cov­ered episodes date from 1967 and 1968 and fea­ture Pa­trick Troughton, the sec­ond of a dozen ac­tors to play the show’s time-trav­el­ling alien hero.

They con­sist of most of two six­part sto­ries: The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World.

They will be of­fered for sale on iTunes from Fri­day, and later on DVD.

Al­most 100 episodes of the se­ries are still miss­ing.

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