York pastor has more reason than most to be excited over discovery of lost Dr Who episodes (From York Press)
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York pastor Mark Troughton has more reason than most to be excited over discovery of lost Dr Who episodes
Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who: Web Of Fear, one of nine long-lost episodes of Doctor Who which have not been seen since the 1960s but which have been recovered after they were tracked down to a store room in Nigeria
A YORK pastor who was only six when his father starred as the Doctor in the long-running BBC sci-fi show Dr Who is among an army of fans excited by the discovery of lost episodes of the popular series.
Mark Troughton, the pastor of York Evangelical Church, said the strength of interest in the unearthing of nine lost shows from Doctor Who was testimony to its enduring popularity in its 50th anniverasary year.
The “lost” episodes are from the 1960s and feature Mr Troughton’s father, Patrick Troughton, who was the second actor to play the Doctor after taking over from William Hartnell.
The recordings were found at a small television facility in Nigeria. They will be made available to the public by the BBC later this year.
The stories, The Enemy Of The World (1967) and The Web Of Fear (1968) both star Patrick Troughton as the the impish, recorder-playing Doctor and have now been remastered by BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm.
Mark said he was really looking forward to seeing the newly discovered episodes featuring his father, who died in 1987 aged 67, and said he remembered fondly at least one of the series.
“Enemy Of The World is great,” he said. “Dad plays two roles - the Doctor and a baddie.
“There’s a brilliant scene where they have a profile close up of the Doctor and the baddie towering over him.”
He said that to see two versions of his father in the same scene, in the days long before computer-generated effects, was “fantastic, really”.
Mark, who visited his stage-trained actor father during rehearsals and on location, said he may have visited him during shooting of other episodes in the series The Web Of Fear, which features Yetis in the London Underground.
He said: “I remember standing around having a picnic lunch and seeing very large men in Yeti costumes drinking pots of tea. It killed all the mystery really, but it was great fun.
“It’s really exciting, and I think the amount of excitement generated by it shows how popular the show still is. It would be good to see him again, and for my children too, because they never met him. I married Jane in December 1987, so she never met him either, but at least we have got the old videos or DVDs we can pop on so it’s one of the blessings of modern technology, I suppose.”
Doctor Who celebrates its half-century on November 23.
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