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Web of Fear / Enemy of the World – FOUND!!!!!

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After months of twitter rumours, surfacing and being denied before resurfacing again, we finally now know that 11 missing episodes have been recovered.

You can watch them now on ITunes, They have been digitally remastered and look like they were broadcast yesterday.

This is a good thing.

However this week the hype surrounding this was unbelievable.  We were told on Monday of an announcement on Wednesday which got pushed back to Thursday afternoon which then was pushed further back to Midnight  (presumably to make the first edition print of newspapers Friday morning). Attendees at the event where then issued with a press embargo – which seemed to have been broken by the northern echo early and finally after months of rumours, denials, counter rumours, announcements, delays and embargoes we know it’s the Web of Fear and the Enemy of the World.

Which leaves me a little deflated, earlier stories had the number recovered stored at 106 (never happen, that would be ALL the missing stories) which was then revised down to ‘dozens’ before we realise its not even a dozen.

But let’s think about this for a second-  we got a complete new second Doctor story, and the number of remaining missing episodes is now under 100! maybe this is what we should be concentrating on.

I cannot wait for DVD releases of these. I could watch them on ITunes but I really don’t like that program very much. I prefer Songbird and don’t like the idea of buying songs/films over ITunes. I get the distinct feeling that most of the money I would be spending on ITunes would end up in Apple’s coffers.

Of course it will take a while for everyone’s records to be updated and for Wikipedia to be accurate (right now it still says Web of Fear is incomplete). But once it is done, I would hope that BBC would look at classic episodes missing only 1 episode and consider them as candidates for animation. It would now make more sense to animate the final missing episode of the Enemy of the World to give us 2 new Troughton releases! I hope in the future  the Beeb, instead of having embargoes that people inevitably break, instead have a late night press conference.  Yes it’s hard on any guests having to hang around until way after midnight, but it means your secret is released to the press when you want it to. I would point as well that there is still no footage of the San Diego ComicCon trailer, which seems to mean that a load of doctor who fans are better at maintaining professional silence that paid journalists- Or how about a live streamed event next time? I don’t know its a difficult circle to square, you want a coordinated release for your news, but its hard when everyone and his dog are live tweeting.

Again it is thanks to Philip Morris that these episodes have been unearthed . I hope that some day there will be more !

Want to see how good the footage actually is? ok here’s the trailers

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