One of Doctor Who’s most ambitious epics, long lost from the archive, is being reborn with animation this year!
BBC Studios have announced the new Doctor Who: Evil of the Daleks animation starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. It’s coming out on the 27th of September 2021 on DVD, Blu-ray and a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook. Pre-orders are available now from HMV, Amazon, Zavvi and Rarewaves. The new animated versions of all seven episodes, in optional colour or black and white, headlines the package. It will also include new restoration work on the surviving live action Episode 2, and new, high quality telesnaps reconstructions of the six missing episodes. All this plus a wealth of new extras!
The Evil of the Daleks was first broadcast in 1967 as the final story in Patrick Troughton’s first season. Intended at the time as the final Dalek story it’s a suitably epic finale for their battles with the Doctor. The action spreads from London in 1966 to a Victorian manor house in 1866 to the outbreak of total war on the Dalek homeworld of Skaro. Along the way the Doctor himself will become a detective, an experimenter and, finally, an executioner. And his relationship with his loyal companion Jamie (Frazer Hines) is tested to the limit.
With the release of The Evil of the Daleks, a complete collection of the Troughton years comes closer than ever
Following the success of the existing animations, The Evil of the Daleks fills another gap in the missing Doctor Who content lost in the purge of the BBC archive soon after the programme’s original transmission. However, thanks to dedicated fans’ home audio recordings, the soundtrack of all seven episodes have survived. Fully restored, this soundtrack has been used here to as the basis or this new animated version. It has also been matched with the ‘telesnaps’ (photographs taken of the television imagery at the time to allow directors to present an idea of their work in the time before convenient showreels) to create a reconstruction of what the missing episodes would have looked like in 1967.
AnneMarie Walsh, director of the 2021 production said “It’s been a privilege to work on this fantastic story with such a brilliant team – thanks to the fans for supporting our work, I hope you all enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!”
All three formats, DVD, Blu-ray and Steelbook, will include
- The Evil of the Daleks – animated and in colour
- The Evil of the Daleks – animated and expertly graded in black and white
- Episode 2 – The surviving episode, completely remastered and restored
- Telesnap Reconstruction – The six missing episodes reconstructed with stills
- Audio Commentaries
- Audiobook – The 1993 soundtrack release with linking narration by Tom Baker
- The Making of The Evil of the Daleks – documentary
- Photo Gallery
Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks
The TARDIS has been stolen. Marooned on Earth in the year 1966, the Doctor and Jamie set out to find the missing time-machine. Their investigations bring them to a mysterious London antiques shop, where all the antiques all seem to be brand new. Kidnapped by the antique shop’s owner, the Doctor is then brought face to face with a very old enemy – the Daleks. Working from a house in Victorian England, the Daleks have a new master plan to conquer the universe. And in order to carry it out, they need the Doctor’s help.
Starring Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Marius Goring, John Bailey, Deborah Watling, Brigit Forsyth, Gary Watson, Jo Rowbottom, Windsor Davies and Sonny Caldinez.