By James H. Burns: This may be old news but it was new to me last night when long-time Doctor Who fan George Downes told me that the majority of two “lost” Patrick Troughton story arcs had been discovered, and were already available on Itunes — “Enemy of the World” and “Web of Fear.”
(The first may be particularly notable, in that Troughton plays the dual role of a dictator…)
Long have I believed that Troughton was one of the great actors in genre productions, with his role in Jason and the Argonauts as the Greek besieged by the harpies a particular standout. (There have indeed been times in my life when I’ve looked toward the heavens, and paraphrased, “Lord knows I’ve sinned, but I did not sin every day…”)
I only came to the Troughton Whos about seven years ago, and they quickly became a particular joy, so this is welcome information.
George also mentioned that there’s a rumor that these episodes may well be part of a larger trove of missing BBC material…
(And, as long as we’re stepping into the Tardis, mention should probably be made that George Downes is sort of a nice footnote to New York area fandom history; From about 1987 to 1994, George ran a series of collectibles shows throughout New Jersey, in Long Island, and even a few in Manhattan. Today, he’s an insurance broker.)
Here is the trailer for the recently discovered missing episodes release of Doctor Who “The Enemy Of The World” on iTunes.