BBC brings lost Doctor Who adventure to life through animation
Even the most die-hard Whovian probably hasn’t seen this Doctor Who adventure, but luckily with the help of wibbly wobbly space-science (and animation), they can watch ‘The Power of the Daleks’.
It’s one of the most famous episodes of Doctor Who, but that’s because so few have seen it. There are no complete film recordings of the episode, because sadly, the master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge back in 1974.
Luckily for you, BBC America and BBC Worldwide have commissioned a brand new animation based on the program’s original audio recordings, surviving photographs and film clips. The special will be released 50 years after its only UK broadcast on BBC One.
Doctor Who fans should set a reminder for ‘Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks,’ which premieres Saturday, November 12 on BBC AMERICA. The episode will be available the following day to stream on the BBC AMERICA App and BBCAmerica.com.
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 special is produced and directed by Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.
Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA, commented, “50 years after its inception, Doctor Who continues to be a global phenomenon that perpetually reanimates itself – literally, right now. “The Power of the Daleks” is the latest uniquely creative storytelling to spring from the extraordinary mythology of the Doctor Who world – there are only a handful of global franchises that have the depth to evolve in this kind of way. We are so proud to present this work to our BBCA Doctor Who fans, who we think will go crazy for this reverent yet shockingly reinvented “mash up”.”
Charles says, “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.”
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 special is just a small part of the massive original programming lineup that BBC has planned this year, including ‘David Beckham: For the Love of the Game’ on September 20, a new season of ‘The Graham Norton Show’ in October, the world premiere of ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ on October 22, ‘The Living and the Dead’ on October 27, ‘Undercover’ on November 17 and the ‘Doctor Who Christmas Special’ in December.