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).
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.
Considered to be one of the finest Doctor Who adventures, Power of the Daleks was first broadcast fifty years ago. Then, as happened with a number of episodes from the original series, its master negatives were destroyed in an ‘archival purge.’
Now, working from photographs, audio recordings and film clips, Power of the Daleks is set to return as a specially commissioned animated series from BBC America and BBC Worldwide.
The six-part adventure features the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of first Doctor, William Hartnell into second Doctor, Patrick Troughton.
Doctor Who: Power of the Daleks will premiere on BBC America on Saturday, November 12th. Follow the jump for more.
A stash of BBC master tapes from the sixties – discovered in Nigeria, Africa – include missing episodes of Doctor Who! Eleven episodes were discovered, featuring Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor; none of which had not been seen for 46 years.
The BBC has re-mastered the tapes and is making two stories – The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear – available exclusively to iTunes, effective today. The Enemy of the World is especially notable for featuring Troughton as both the Second Doctor and his antagonist.
Follow the jump to check out the press release – including a list of the episodes involved.