BBC Worldwide will be releasing an animated reconstruction of the lost Doctor Who story, “The Power Of The Daleks” via download and DVD. The 1966 classic not only featured the Daleks but was also the first full story for the second Doctor Patrick Troughton. No episodes of the story survive in the BBC archives following a purge of episodes by the BBC in 1974.
The download will be released on Saturday 5 November at 5:50pm via BBC Store, exactly 50 years to the minute after the first episode was first broadcast on BBC One. The DVD release will follow on the 21 November.
This brand new black-and-white animated version of the story has been created by the team behind the highly successful animation of the lost Dad’s Army episode “A Stripe For Frazer”. Its has been constructed using audio recordings of the programme and the original cast, surviving photographs and film clips.
The six episodes feature the regeneration of first Doctor William Hartnell into second Doctor Patrick Troughton who then fights alongside companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) as they do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.
Producer and director of the project, Charles Norton says, “‘The Power Of The Daleks’ animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted. We’re all very honoured to be a part of such 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.”
Character design comes from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty (Doctor Who Magazine) and Adrian Salmon (Big Finish).
You can register your interest in the download via BBC Store now. The DVD will be available from Amazon and HMV.
Special BFI Screening
On Saturday 5 November there will also be a screening of episodes 1-3 at the BFI Southbank, London. The event will include a Q&A with Anneke Wills (Polly), and Frazer Hines (Jamie) plus writer Charles Norton.
Further information will be available from bfi.org.uk from Monday 19 September.