The Doctor Who serial Power of the Daleks made television for one very simple reason: it marked the first time that a Doctor regenerated. In the opening moments, William Hartnell’s crusty grandfather-type gave way to Patrick Troughton’s cosmic hobo – and even his companions didn’t know what to make of him.
Troughton’s second Doctor was more than a bit sillier than the original, but not less intelligent and resourceful. This was a Doctor who talked to himself and played his recorder to help him think.
After a well-received screening on BBC America, Power of the Daleks is now available on home video (DVD only, it appears).
BBC Home Entertainment is releasing two new Doctor Who Adventures early in 2017 – Doctor Who: The Return of Dr. Mysterio and Doctor Who: Power of the Daleks. Both adventures will be available in Blu-ray and DVD.
Doctor Who: The Return of Dr. Mysterio is this year’s Christmas special featuring Peter Capaldi as Doctor Twelve, while Doctor Who: Power of the Daleks is the animated recreation of the first adventure of Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor (we gave the televised run an B+).
Also from BBC Home Entertainment in the first quarter of 2017: Blood of the Vikings: First Blood; Shetland: Season Three; Doctor Blake Mysteries: Season Three; Mrs. Bradley Mysteries; Porridge; Spy in the Wild: Part One; London Road; Elizabeth at 90; Arthur: King of the Britons, and Wild Africa/Tiny Giants 4K UHD.
Doctor Who: Power of the Daleks marked the shift from the cranky grandpa Doctor of William Hartnell to the recorder playing, slightly sillier Patrick Troughton Doctor. Sillier but not less intelligent and resourceful, this was a Doctor who talked to himself and used playing his recorder to help him think.
Power of the Daleks is considered to be one of the classic serials of the original series – one which showed the Daleks at their sneakiest and most dangerous. It’s also one of the serials lost in an ill-advised erasure of tapes by the BBC.
Now it’s been reconstructed from an audio tape recorded by a fan, along with some remaining clips and set photos and animated – in glorious black and white – and it’s good fun.
The long lost Doctor Who six-part series – recreated in animated form based on original audio, surviving photos and film clips – will be making a one-night only theatrical appearance on Monday, November 14 (7 pm local time).
This special event is presented by BBC America and Fathom Events. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, October 14th at 10am ET. Follow the jump for details.
Doctor Who: Power of the Daleks will premiere on BBC America on Saturday, November 19th (8:25/7:25C). For details and a teaser trailer, read on.