One of the great heartbreaks of being a Doctor Who fan is the fact that – even though the show’s about to celebrate its 50th anniversary – you can’t actually can’t watch all of it. Unfortunately, many of the show’s earliest episodes – featuring First and Second Doctors William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton – have been lost, as the BBC destroyed many of the show’s original transmission tapes from the 1960s and 1970s.
However, in a stroke of fantastic good luck for fans everywhere – all is not actually lost. Literally. The BBC has officially confirmed that nine episodes of Doctor Who have been found at a television station in Nigeria. It is thought to be the largest single find of missing episodes recovered in the last three decades. The tapes have been remastered and two stories – The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear – available to download exclusively on iTunes. (They will both also be available on DVD in the coming weeks, if digital viewing isn’t your cup of tea.) Want more details? Read on.