‘Doctor Who’ first look: Watch trailer for new ‘The Power of the Daleks’ animation

BBC Worldwide has unveiled a trailer for the new animated version of missing Doctor Who story ‘The Power of the Daleks’.

Patrick Troughton’s debut as the Doctor will be released later this year as a digital download on BBC Store and then on BBC DVD.

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Having originally aired in 1966, no complete film recordings of ‘The Power of the Daleks’ are known to have survived after the master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974.

Doctor Who Power of the Daleks

BBC Worldwide announced last night that a brand new black and white animation based on audio recordings of the programme using the original cast, surviving photographs and film clips will be released 50 years to the minute after its only UK broadcast on BBC One.

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.

Watch the trailer…

The animation is being produced by the team behind the highly successful animation of lost Dad’s Army episode ‘A Stripe For Frazer’, which was released in February this year.

Producer Charles Norton commented: “’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.”

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide added: “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.”

Doctor Who The Power of the Daleks

‘The Power of the Daleks’ will be released on BBC Store on Saturday 5 November and on DVD on Monday 21 November.

Order ‘The Power of the Daleks’ on DVD on Amazon here.

A special screening of the first three episodes ‘The Power of the Daleks’ will be held at BFI Southbank in London on Saturday 5 November, including a Q&A with Anneke Wills, Charles Norton and Frazer Hines.

The new season of Doctor Who began filming in Cardiff in June and will launch on BBC One in April 2017.

Here’s everything we know so far about Season 10.

Are you looking forward to seeing ‘The Power of the Daleks’? Let us know below…

  • Dr. Moo

    OH HELL YES I’ve been hoping for this news for years. Can’t wait to get this, and it’s out just a few weeks after my birthday too so that’s a plus. I like the precedent this sets, surely Fury From The Deep should be next?

    • russell

      Yep., Mooster ” Happy Days “. Without a doubt, Fury from the Deep, is one of the GREATS..

  • Charlieboy

    The animated trailer is one of the few existing clips. Why?

    • Del_W

      The BBC in their short sightedness on finding they needed additional storage space for recorded material started throwing away old filmed programmes. As they were mostly black and white recordings which seemed of no use in the age of colour TV nobody was interested in much of what we think of as classic programming. A few BBC employees saved spools of tape literally rescuing them from skips but much was destroyed leaving only fragments of series or individual programmes. Some are turning up from overseas TV stations who forgot to return tapes/films to the BBC after broadcasting them but a lot is believed lost forever. By a lucky chance some audio tapes remained after the film/video had been dumped and it is these and odd clips that are allowing the reconstruction of missing Dr Who shows.

      • Charlieboy

        I know the BBC junked episodes!

  • russell

    I often read comments about “classic” Dr Who stories; sometimes to my amusement. Many views,in my opinion, are often wide of the mark. Let me be plain when I state however, that in ” The Power of the Daleks “, we have one of the TRUE CLASSICS of the series.
    The first regeneration story: Troughton’s first appearance : the use of the word “Power”, and of course- David Whittaker’s brilliant use of the Daleks…One of the true master storytellers of WHO, at their best. His, “The Evil of the Daleks”, might be more epic- grander in scale, and visual… but seldom has the programme been more absorbing, clever and adult. This animation might actually do us a favour ( in that the original sets, were clearly quite spartan ).There will be an added sheen now to this 50 year old production.Hardly sold abroad.
    Dr Who fans – young and old – we are in for a treat !!! Splash your cash to support this wonderful endeavour, in the hope that there will be more like this to come. And with SOOOOO many great adventures still missing… that is not a hollow promise !