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The worst kept secret in the world was finally officially revealed yesterday when the BBC confirmed the recovery of NINE episodes of Doctor Who from the 1960s. The episodes - which make up the bulk of The Web of Fear (one episode still remains lost) and complete the whole of The Enemy of the World were recovered from a Nigerian television station by Phillip Morris who tracked them down over the course of many years.

The episodes are available to watch now via iTunes with a UK DVD release of The Enemy of the World scheduled for 25th November. The Web of Fear will be released on DVD in February 2014.

Nearly 100 Doctor Who episodes remain lost following the BBCs re-use of the original tapes in the 1970s.

Of the latest discovery, Phillip Morris said "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."


Rumours of further yet-to-be-announced episodes are still bubbling away but right now, the recovery of nine episodes is enough cause for celebration.

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The long-running BBC TV science fiction series that started in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 2017 saw Peter Capaldi regenerate into the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor's first season debuts in 2018, with Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as the current showrunner.

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