Dr Who tapes found in Nigeria

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 store room in Nigeria, gathering dust.

Lost 1960s Doctor Who episodes made available on iTunes

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.

Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who: Web of Fear, one of nine long-lost episodes of Doctor Who which have not been seen since the 1960s. Credit: BBC/PA

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.

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Yetis, webs of fear and helicopters in lost Doctor Who episodes

Tina Packer playing Anne Travers being attacked by a yeti in Doctor Who. Credit: BBC/PA

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 store room 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.

Patrick Troughton as he fights with a Yeti, in Doctor Who: Web of Fear. Credit: BBC/PA Wire
Mary Peach as Astrid in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World. Credit: BBC/PA Wire
Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who: Web of Fear. Credit: BBC/PA Wire