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After months of false hope and speculation, the BBC recently announced that it had recovered a number of old episodes from its classic sci-fi series Doctor Who, which it is now making available for sale exclusively on iTunes today.
For those of you living underneath a cultural rock, Doctor Who is a brilliant British TV show about a human-looking alien named The Doctor that travels through space and time in a little blue police box with a handful of companions. It’s the longest running television program, spanning all the way back to the ’60s. During that period, the BBC decided to write over old recording of its programs to save money since it was a pre-VCR/DVR era. The episodes released today were previously thought to be lost for that reason.
There are 11 total episodes in the collection or two serials (aka mini-series) The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear, which feature Patrick Troughton as The Doctor from way back in 1967-1968. All episodes have been remastered, and each serial is priced at $10.
Part of me does wish the BBC had made these episodes available in other media stores, or perhaps even allowed me to buy and download them to play on non-Apple devices. However, I’m sure that option will become available at some point in the future.
The BBC released a preview clip of the remastered episodes via YouTube, which we’ve embedded below because it’s Friday and Doctor Who is awesome.