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Nine missing episodes of Doctor Who found (2013)

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NINE long-lost episodes of Doctor Who which have not been seen since the 1960s have been recovered after they were tracked down to a storeroom in Nigeria, gathering dust.

The discovery will cause much excitement for devotees of the long-running series, for which there are dozens of missing episodes dating back to its early years.

The previously lost nine shows were among 11 traced to a television relay station and the find brings back to life an entire six episode story, while another is almost complete.

The newly found programmes – which introduce the character of Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, better known to audiences as The Brigadier – will be available on iTunes from today and will later come out on DVD.

Phillip Morris, the director of Television International Enterprises Archive, unearthed the programmes by looking up the records of overseas shipments of tapes made by the BBC.

The stories, The Enemy Of The World (1967) and The Web Of Fear (1968) and both starring Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor, have now been remastered by BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial arm.

"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," Morris said.

Only one episode of The Enemy Of The World – which featured Deborah Watling as companion Victoria and Frazer Hines, had remained in the archives, so the addition of programmes one, two, four, five and six have completed the story.

The missing episode, programme three has been recreated using 37 still images which were available and the original audio which survived.

"We are thrilled with the recent discovery of The Web of Fear and The Enemy Of The World and we're very happy to be launching remastered versions of these treasured episodes to fans as we celebrate the 50th year of Doctor Who," Fiona Eastwood, director of consumer products, BBC Worldwide, said.

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