For some time now, it has widely been known that various episodes for Doctor Who have found themselves lost in transmission, however this week the BBC have announced that they are now making some of these older episodes available as iTunes exclusives, which includes a number of Doctor Who master tapes from the 1960s.
Recovered from a Television Relay Station in Nigeria, the episodes come from the series that featured Patrick Troughton as the second doctor, and feature some episodes from The Enemy of the World, raising the amount of tapes the BBC had in its archive to five from the previously only available 1 episode.
They also remastered and restored some of the episodes from The Web of Fear, however episode three of that series is still missing, so the Beeb’s restoration team had to reconstruct that part of the story from a selection of 37 images and some original audio recordings.
Both of these series are now available from £9.99 each, exclusively on iTunes or by individual episodes for £1.89.
Philip Morris, director of Television International Enterprises Archive, who handed the tapes over to the BBC said the following in the BBC’s press release:
“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 realised I’d found something pretty special.”