The BBC have revealed the official artwork for the exciting and highly anticipated ‘The Power of the Daleks’ animation release.

Along with the artwork comes news of tones of special extras including commentaries and surviving footage. These will be available on BBC Store from 14th November and on the DVD on the 21st. See the full list below.

  • Alternate soundtracks – DVD only
    • The option to listen to the story with a series of completely new digital re-masters of the original soundtrack – a stereo mix; a 5.1 surround sound mix and version of the original 1966 mono sound mix.
  • Animation Test Footage
    • A compilation of animation tests, created during the production of the new animated series.
  • Audio Commentaries on all 6 episodes – DVD only
    • Members of the original cast and crew are joined by members of the new animation unit to discuss the production of the story and its new animated reconstruction. Moderated by Toby Hadoke. Includes archive audio.
  • Booklet with Production Notes – DVD only
    • An extensively researched set of production notes, written by the noted television historian Andrew Pixley, covering the behind the scenes story of how the original production was made. 
  • Original Camera Scripts – DVD only
    • Selected items of original production paperwork and a complete set of original camera scripts 
  • Original Title Sequence – new restoration
    • An unedited presentation of the full original ‘Doctor Who’ title sequence, prepared using an all new HD re-master of the original film elements. 
  • The Power of the Daleks Animation and Photo Gallery
    • An extended gallery of images, featuring production photographs from the original 1966 series and artwork from the latest animated production, accompanied by incidental music from the story, which has been digitally re-mastered from the original music production tapes. 
  • The Power of the Daleks Surviving Footage & Original Trailer – BBC Store/EST only
    • A compilation of short film fragments and clips from the original 1966 BBC television production – the only surviving footage to remain of the show’s original BBC1 run.
  • Original Dalek Voice Session Recording (1966) DVD only
    • Rare and previously unreleased sections from the studio recordings that were made at Maida Vale Studios in 1966 for the Dalek voices.
  • Servants and Masters – The Making of The Power of the Daleks
    • A specially prepared documentary directed by John Kelly and featuring interviews with members of the original 1966 cast and crew.
  • Telesnap reconstruction.
    • Around 400 individual still frames of film exist from the original 1966 television production of The Power of the Daleks. These images were kept in the programme’s production files by the BBC Written Archive Centre. These images are here combined with the programme’s soundtrack to present a photographic reconstruction of the original programme.
The Power of the Daleks DVD Cover (c) BBC
The Power of the Daleks 3D DVD Cover (c) BBC

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks will be priced at £9.99 SD and £12.99 HD from from 5th November where each episode will air on consecutive days. This release will arrive at 5:50pm, exactly 50 years to the minute after it was first transmitted on BBC One in 1966.

The DVD will be released on 21st November priced at £20.42 and can be pre-ordered now.

About The Power of the Daleks

By 1966 Doctor Who was big news and its return with the scary Daleks and a new Doctor, Patrick Troughton, made the front cover of the Radio Times, then the UK’s only TV listings magazine.

But this classic story featuring one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures was sadly lost following an archive purge in 1974 in which the master negatives were destroyed.

This brand new black and white animation has been lovingly created by the team behind the highly successful animation of the lost Dad’s Army episode A Stripe For Frazer. Its has been constructed using audio recordings of the programme and the original cast, surviving photographs and film clips.

The six half-hour episodes feature the regeneration of First Doctor William Hartnell into Second Doctor Patrick Troughton. Along with companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) as they do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.

Character design comes from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty (Doctor Who Magazine) and Adrian Salmon (Big Finish).


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