Unseen in the UK for 45 years – The Enemy of the World has been marvellously restored, remastered and brought back to life for you to own on DVD.
The Enemy of the World first aired on the BBC in December 1967, as part of Doctor Who's monster-laiden fifth season. It stars Patrick Troughton as is both the Doctor and his antagonist Salamander, alongside Frazer Hines (Jamie) and Deborah Watling (Victoria).
On Earth in the near future, the Doctor and his companions are enmeshed in a deadly web of intrigue thanks to his uncanny resemblance to would-be 21st century dictator Salamander. He is hailed as the ‘Shopkeeper of the World’ for his efforts to relieve global famine, but why do his rivals keep disappearing? How can he predict so many natural disasters? The Doctor must expose Salamander’s schemes before he takes over the World.
The deeper dive
Considered missing but astonishingly found by Phillip Morris in Nigeria by the tracking records of overseas shipments made by the BBC containing tapes for transmission. On his discovery Phillip Morris says, “The tapes had been left gathering dust in a store room at a television relay station in Nigeria. I remember wiping the dust off the masking tape on the canisters and my heart missed a beat as I saw the words ‘Doctor Who’. When I read the story code I realised I’d found something pretty special.”
Find out more about The Enemy of the World in our Getting To Know Who article.