Confirmed! BBC Worldwide to Release Animated Lost Serial, The Power of The Daleks

Here it is, the news we’ve been waiting for!

BBC Worldwide are to release animation of lost Doctor Who serial, The Power of the Daleks on Saturday 5th November, exactly 50 years to the minute after it was first transmitted on BBC One at 5.50pm on Saturday 5th November, 1966.

It’s one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures and yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974. The brand new black and white animation is based on audio recordings of the programme using the original cast, surviving photographs and film clips.

The six half-hour episodes feature 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 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, both of whom have worked for Doctor Who Magazine.

Charles Norton 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 an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960’s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”

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 will be released on BBC Store on Saturday 5th November followed by the DVD on Monday 21st November.

You can pre-order the DVD from Amazon and HMV for £13.50 and £13.99 respectively. You can also register your interest in the BBC Store download here. But you want to see more of the animation, don’t you? Maybe in comparison to original photos, right? Well, we have some beautiful stills for you!

So there we have it, The Power of the Daleks will soon be able to stand alongside your other Doctor Who DVD’s. Are you excited? ‘Cause we are!

  • Edward Delingford

    Woo and indeed hoo. Worth waiting up for.

  • TimeChaser

    It’s the kind of thing you almost don’t fare to dream about. And yet it’s real, and we can finally all enjoy it. I’m assuming this is an animation of all 6 episodes and not and abridged version? I also assume the DVD release date is for the UK, of course. Let’s hope it doesn’t take too long before American fans can get a copy as well. We are talking about BBC “Worldwide” after all.

    UPDATE: Over on Doctor Who News, they say BBC America has confirmed the serial will be aired Saturday, Nov. 12 and be available for streaming the following day. Sweet!

    • Jean

      Do you still complain? Try to live in Brazil where we only have DVDs of the new series. The only thing that we have from the classic series is the Monsters Collection. That’s what I call “Worldwide” kkk.

      P.S.: Sorry for my english.

      • TimeChaser

        I have sympathy for you. I know it’s a lot tougher for fans in other parts of the world. I shouldn’t complain.

        • Jean

          Thanks. Maybe one day BBC look at us differently. I know has had the World Tour and they spent here in Rio , but when I see the amount of books thrown there and realize that here were only launched more or less six, I get depressed. But I still have hopes.

          P.S.: Sorry for my english (again)

          • bar

            Your English is fine Jean – and we all speak WHO here anyway! Thanks for joining in 🙂

          • Jean

            kkk Thaks

  • TheLazyWomble

    Yes I am excited and yes, of course, I will buy it 🙂 That’s one heck of a birthday present. Episode 1 was originally shown the day after my 5th birthday.

  • Ranger

    Yes! Oh happy day! It’s going to be a good Christmas.

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    And yet they couldn’t do this for Web Of Fear 3 or Underwater Menace 1 & 4? Also, I wonder if the DVD will have any special features at all. Brilliant news though and let us hope this is the first of many other projects of this manner!

  • Dr. Moo

    I like this news a lot. If only it were a month earlier… maybe a late birthday present will have to do.

    • TimeChaser

      Evil of the Daleks, The Abominable Snowmen, Fury from the Deep. My votes.

      • Dr. Moo

        I’d throw in The Myth Makers, The Daleks’ Master Plan and The Massacre of Saint Bartholemew’s Eve.

        • TimeChaser

          I would love The Massacre, but I have my doubts they’d spend the money to animate a historical story. Power, Evil, Master Plan… these are definitely stories fans have been clamoring for for decades.

    • Jean

      I wish Marco Polo or Master Plan, but will take to long to animate. But I have hopes.

  • Tidgy’s Dad

    Absolutely brilliant news!
    They haven’t forgotten us.
    Now we must all hope it sells well, so they consider doing more.
    One would expect “Evil” would be next.

    • bar

      I’ll second that, and raise you a Massacre.

      • Tidgy’s Dad

        I wish.
        Massacre or Marco Polo, but commercially they’re more likely to go with Daleks or Cybermen.

        • bar

          Sad but true.

          • Dr. Moo

            Such things will sell well though, won’t they? Let them start there and generate interest – villains that have been in NewWho will (maybe) attract the attention of people who have yet to experience the joys of ClassicWho.

  • Rick714

    The complaint that any certain adventure would take too long to animate now officially goes out the window though. This is a SIX part adventure they’re animating. So There’s nothing stopping them from animating any of the others like Marco Polo (seven parts) or even Master Plan, with 9 parts that would need animating. Marco Polo would be one that I’d want to break the rules and go full color because of the type of adventure it is though. Very much looking forward to this when it comes out. Hopefully soon in the USA.

    • Dr. Moo
      • Rick714

        EXCELLENT!

        • Dr. Moo

          (You’d better have said that in an 80s Cyberman voice.)

          • Rick714

            🙂 I wondered why there was no DVD being solicited—now I understand why: It occurs to me that any adventure that’s part live action/part animation isn’t quite as worthwhile to the masses (The hardcore fans, yeah, but not necessarily the masses— but a *fully* animated adventure is a very different animal. I think this might just be the start of a different type of series, but focusing on entirely missing adventures, which might just mean Marco Polo’s a possibility. In color.