The Daleks is invading televisions again… but this time like never before!

The Daleks return… and this time in COLOUR! It’s time to encounter the Daleks once again, but this time in a way you’ve never seen them before. As part of Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary celebrations, one of the show’s most famous serials is undergoing an out of this world update. The Daleks receives a new edition, including a brand new colourisation of the original black and white serial.

Originally transmitted in December 1963 to February 1964, The Daleks introduced one of the Doctor’s most formidable and enduring foes. The TARDIS lands in a petrified forest on an alien planet. Determined to explore, the Doctor (William Hartnell) leads his companions into the metal city, where they discover danger at every corner and what will become his deadliest enemy, the mutant Daleks.


The very first scene between the Doctor and the Daleks! (c) BBC Studios
The very first scene between the Doctor and the Daleks – soon in colour! (c) BBC Studios

The new feature length colour edition of The Daleks will air on BBC Four on the 23rd November 2023

These seven original 25 minute episodes have now received a cosmic makeover. They’ve been dazzlingly colourised by Rich Tipple, Kieran Highman, Scott Burditt, and Timothy K Brown. Benjamin Cook has also weaved them together into a 75 minute blockbuster to appeal to today’s modern audiences. With brand new sound, a brand new score created by Mark Ayres, The Daleks has been gloriously updated. But it remains as thrilling as it was when it began in 1963. And, whilst viewers can enjoy watching the colourised version of The Daleks when it arrives on 23rd November on BBC Four, it will also sit within The Whoniverse where viewers can also watch the seven part story in its original form.

It’s all been brought together by Executive Producer Phil Collinson. “It’s been my absolute pleasure,” he says, “to spend this past 12 months working with such a talented team to breathe new life into this classic adventure – a story that is literally the foundation stone of all that Doctor Who has become.  The original is a masterpiece of 1960s television drama and this new version stands on the shoulders of the pioneering spirit of 1960s Doctor Who.”

This special episode is one of the many highlights set to commemorate Doctor Who’s outstanding 60 year anniversary,– shortly before David Tennant takes back the reigns of the TARDIS for three highly anticipated specials.

Watch The Daleks in colourisation on BBC Four on the 23rd November 2023, Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary!



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