BBC Worldwide has announced it will be realising the lost 1966 Doctor Who story ‘The Power of the Daleks’ in a brand new black and white animation based on the programme’s original audio recordings, surviving photographs and film clips will be released 50 years to the day after its only UK broadcast on BBC One. The episoses featured second doctor Patrick Troughton taking over from William Hartnell in the first ever Time Lord regeneration as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.
It’s one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures and yet no complete film recordings ofThe Power of the Daleks are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974. The episodes in question were only ever shown once on the BBC and only aired overseas in New Zealand and Australia.
Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says:
“Charles and his team are remarkably talented and passionate about Doctor Who and we are thrilled that fans will soon be able to enjoy this rather sinister but wonderful, classic story.”
>The Power of the Daleks is being produced by the team behind the highly successful animation of lost Dad’s Army episode A Stripe For Frazer, first released on BBC Store in February this year. The producer and director is Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon. Charles says:
“The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”
The Power Of The Daleks will be released on BBC Store on Saturday, November 5 followed by the DVD on Monday, November 21, 2016.
You can pre-order the DVD now from Amazon.
Also, on November 5 there will be a special screening of episodes 1-3 from The Power of the Daleks at BFI Southbank, London which will include a Q&A with Anneke Wills, Charles Norton and Frazer Hines. Further information will be available from bfi.org.uk from Monday, September 19, 2016.
Fans in America note that The Power of the Daleks airs Saturday, November 12 on BBC AMERICA and will be available the following day to stream on BBCAmerica.com and the BBC AMERICA app.