Lost ‘Doctor Who’ Episodes Get Animated Restoration for November
Doctor Who has been saving Earth long enough that a few episodes have actually been lost to history (and poor storage), but at least one fateful adventure is getting a major update. The BBC will re-release 1966 outing “The Power Of The Daleks” this fall, reconstructed as a six-part animated production with original audio and film clips.
Per the BBC’s official release, “The Power of the Daleks” will air on November 12, exactly 50 years after its original BBC broadcast, re-animated based on the program’s original audio recordings, surviving photographs and film clips. No complete film recordings of the episode survived, after the master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974.
So reads the synopsis for the revival, which also features the first regeneration:
The six-part adventure features the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of first Doctor, William Hartnell into second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.
The series is produced and directed by Charles Norton, with character designs from comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon. Check out the photos:
The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honored to be a part of such an exciting project. 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.
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