There is new old Doctor Who
on iTunes right now. I am resisting the temptation to download straight to my iPhone and watch while at work.
This latest haul of missing episodes
did not include my hoped-for "Power of the Daleks", but it was a pretty spectacular find nonetheless - 5 episodes of "Enemy of the World" (making that story now complete) and all but one of the missing episodes of "The Web of Fear". (Details and clips at the link.) Finding any missing Doctor Who
is pretty wonderful, but finding enough to restore a story to complete watchable status is really a jackpot.
I'm particularly looking forward to seeing "Enemy of the World", which features Patrick Troughton not only playing the Doctor but also the villain of the story - I've always regretted not being able to see more of that. I don't have very strong memories of "Web of Fear", although I'm pretty sure I have listened to the audio soundtrack, so it will be interesting to see if that improves with visuals. (Some of the 1960s Doctor Who
serials work remarkably well as an audio soundtrack with a bit of descriptive narration overdubbed. Others really don't.)
There are even some tantalizing hints still floating around that the 9 episodes just released might not represent the total of what's been recovered. Although I imagine that anything that's been held back is probably less spectacular than what's been announced today. So, I'm not holding out hope that the BBC is sitting on a complete "Power of the Daleks" or anything like that, but perhaps a few more episodes will turn up.