BBC to animate long lost Doctor Who story
The news that Doctor Who fans have been speculating wildly over is true: The BBC are planning to animate and release a long lost Classic Who story.
‘The Power of the Daleks‘ was first broadcast as a live action story, featuring Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor, on November 5, 1966 at 5.50pm.
The episode was one of a number of Classic Doctor Who episodes purged at the BBC in the 1970s. While the thought of destroying copies of classic television shows seems alien in the age of digital storage, many clunky videotapes in the BBC Archives were purged as part of a space-saving operation in the 1970s. Nearly a hundred episodes from Doctor Who‘s first six years on air are currently missing, though many – including The Power of the Daleks – were recorded in audio form by fans at home.
The release of the new animation will coincide with the 50 year anniversary of the story, which was the first of Patrick Troughton’s original three year reign as the Doctor.
The new animation was created using surviving audio clips and imagery from the original episode by the same team who animated lost Dad’s Army episode A Stripe For Fraser for the BBC Store earlier this year.
Producer and Director for the project, Charles Norton, said: “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 a 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.”
The animation will be released worldwide on November 5, 2016 at 5.50pm on the BBC Store. It will also be released on DVD on November 21.
Check out the trailer here: