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   Doctor Who Recovery - 10th October 2013

It was revealed today that Episodes 2,4,5 & 6 of the Doctor Who adventure The Web of Fear & Episodes 1,2,4,5 & 6 of The Enemy of the World have been returned to the BBC archives.

At a special press event that included special guests Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling and Mark Gatiss it was revealed that the 9 missing Doctor Who episodes along with 2 which already existed were discovered, in the Nigerian city of Jos.

The find was made by Philip Morris, director of a company called Television International Enterprises Archive.

Mr Morris said: "The tapes had been left gathering dust in a storeroom 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 realised I'd found something pretty special."

He said it had been a "lucky" find given the high temperatures in the African country. "Fortunately they had been kept in the optimum condition." The find Completes Enemy of the World and leaves Web of Fear with only episode three still missing.

The episodes go on sale on iTunes on 11 October, with DVD releases to follow in November and early 2014.

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