Doctor Who, The Web of Fear - The Yeti and Tina Packer
Doctor Who, The Web of Fear - The Yeti menacing Anne Travers (Tina Packer), Professor Travers's daughter ©1968 BBC

Doctor Who Recovered stories – The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear – are available on iTunes from Friday 11 October. (Click on titles for the links to iTunes)

Doctor Who: The Web of fear – Trailer

Unseen in the UK for 45 years, and formerly considered missing for three decades, the trailer for the newly recovered and remastered The Web of Fear.

Starring Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines (Jamie), Deborah Watling (Victoria) and introducing Nicholas Courtney as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, The Web of Fear sees the Doctor do battle once more with the Great Intelligence – but this time, deep beneath the streets of London…

Episode 3 is where we would see the first appearance of Colonel (later Brigadier) Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney). Unfortunately that is the only missing episode of the story. The episode is reconstructed with tele pics accompanying an audio recording.


Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World – Trailer

Trailer for the newly-recovered and remastered Patrick Troughton Doctor Who episode The Enemy of the World. Unseen in the UK for 45 years, and formerly considered missing, The Enemy of the World sees Troughton play the dual-role of the Doctor and also Salamander – the “saviour of the world”. Or is he…

Also starring Frazer Hines as Jamie and Deborah Watling as Victoria.


The Enemy of the World will be released on BBC DVD on Monday 25 November 2013, and The Web of Fear DVD will be released in early 2014.

For more on these see our main report.

Doctor Who Eleven Doctor Who episodes were discovered – Official Information

BBC Worldwide North America announces that a stash of BBC master tapes from the 1960s featuring missing episodes of Doctor Who has been recovered in Nigeria, Africa. The BBC has re-mastered the tapes, and is making two stories, “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear,” now available exclusively on iTunes (

Eleven Doctor Who episodes were discovered (nine of which have not been seen for 46 years) by Philip Morris, director of Television International Enterprises Archive, by tracking records of tape shipments made by the BBC to Africa for transmission. Morris says, “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 realized I’d found something pretty special.”

BBC Worldwide has re-mastered these episodes to restore them to the fantastic quality that audiences expect from Doctor Who. The titles are available exclusively on iTunes –

The first recovered story, “The Enemy of the World,” is a six-episode tale which first aired on the BBC in December 1967. The story features Patrick Troughton as both the Second Doctor and his antagonist (Ramon Salamander), alongside companions Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling). Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 had previously been missing from the BBC Archives, and were returned by Morris.

Also recovered is the 1968 six-episode story, “The Web of Fear.” Also starring Patrick Troughton alongside Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling the story introduces Nicholas Courtney for the first time as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (who later returns as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart). Episodes 2-6 were feared lost, but now episodes 2, 4, 5, and 6 have been recovered. With episode 3 still missing, the restoration team has reconstructed this part of the story using a selection of the 37 images that were still available from the episode along with the original audio, which has been restored.

Beth Clearfield, SVP, Digital Distribution & Business Development says, “For many, this will be their first chance to watch these long-lost Doctor Who stories. We’re thrilled to partner with iTunes in bringing these missing gems back to new and long-time fans after all these years.”

On November 23, 2013, Doctor Who celebrates 50 years since the very first episode, “An Unearthly Child,” aired on BBC television. A number of episodes from the first series of Doctor Who were lost as a result of BBC Archive space-saving measures and there are still 27 Doctor Who stories that are missing or have incomplete episodes.

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online