Wednesday, 7 September 2016

[Updated] The Power of the Daleks - animated!

Following weeks of speculation, BBC Worldwide has announced the upcoming release of an animated version of the lost story The Power of the Daleks, on Saturday 5 November - exactly fifty years to the minute after it was first transmitted on BBC1, at 5.50pm on the same date in 1966!

The Daleks hatch a sinister plan in the 1966 original...
...and in animated form in 2016!
Despite its renowned status as one of Doctor Who's most celebrated adventures, none of the six episodes of The Power of the Daleks are known to survive in their entirety, having been lost during the infamous archival purges of the 1960s and 70s. However, a complete audio recording of the story exists thanks to the dedication of fans during the original broadcasts - and it is this which has allowed BBC Worldwide to commission a brand new black and white animation, based on the tantalising stills and short extracts which do survive.

The six half-hour episodes explore the aftermath of Doctor Who's first ever regeneration (or, as it was then called, ‘renewal’) at the climax of the preceding adventure The Tenth Planet, in which William Hartnell handed over the reigns to Patrick Troughton. But it isn't long before the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) are thrown into a sinister and creepy adventure, as they do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan...

The animated edition of The Power of the Daleks is being produced by the team behind the highly successful animation of the 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.

“The animation of The Power of the Daleks is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such an exciting project,” says Norton. “Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, The 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 introduced Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor
Paul Hembury, Executive Producer for BBC Worldwide adds, “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 first episode of The Power of the Daleks will be released exclusively for download on BBC Store on Saturday 5 November at 5.50pm GMT, with the remaining episodes to follow over the next five days. Fans can register their interest in the BBC Store download here.

Additionally, Saturday 5 November will see a special screening of episodes 1-3 of The Power of the Daleks at BFI Southbank, London, including a Q&A with Charles Norton and actors Anneke Wills and Frazer Hines. Further information will be available online from the BFI from Monday 19 September.

All images courtesy of BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide has also confirmed the release of a DVD edition on Monday 21 November, which can be pre-ordered from Amazon and HMV (£20.42 RRP).

For fans in the United States, BBC America will air The Power of the Daleks on Saturday 12 November and on demand.



With thanks to bbcstore.com

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