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Doctor Who's 50th anniversary breaks World Record

The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who has broken a Guinness World Record for the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama.

Last night's episode set the record after its was broadcast in 94 countries across six continents following a massive global campaign.

Executive producer Steven Moffat, the current Doctor Matt Smith and his assistant Jenna-Louise Coleman. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

In addition to the TV broadcasts, the episode was screened in more than 1,500 cinemas worldwide, including in the UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.

More than half a million tickets were sold for the theatrical screenings at which fans were able to watch the episode in 3D.

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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.

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

Capaldi's 1976 Dr Who fanzine article online

Peter Capaldi's Dr Who fanzine article has surfaced online Credit: PA

An article penned by Peter Capaldi in 1976 and published in a Dr Who fanzine has appeared online. It comes after Capaldi was named as the star to replace Matt Smith as the Time Lord.

The article describes the opening sequence of Doctor Who and praises the 'artistic integrity and sensitivity' of Bernard Lodge, the man behind five opening titles sequences.

Clearly in awe of Lodge's work, and an avid fan, Capaldi writes: "The wonder of the opening is that it manages to capture in only a very few moments of screen time the atmosphere of Dr. Who."

He adds: "When that blue police box zooms in from a morass of complex light forms, there is no question of its right to be there. So already, within seconds of starting, the title designer has drawn us into the world of Dr. Who."

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Smith wishes Doctor Who successor 'all the best'

Matt Smith will be replaced as Doctor Who by Peter Capaldi. Credit: PA Wire

The outgoing Doctor Who, Matt Smith, welcomed the decision to cast Peter Capaldi.

In a pre-recorded message he said: "I just want to wish my successor all the best and just say good luck and good on you for getting it, because I know he is both a huge fan of the show and a really nice guy.

"The casting of it made me really excited genuinely, and as a fan I think it's a really canny choice, so good luck mate, it's going to be a thrill."

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