In the 1960s it was not unheard of that television stations like the BBC in the United Kingdom did not retain footage of television series. Film reels were thrown out instead of storing shows for archival purposes as we do today. The greatest volume from one series is probably from Doctor Who, where nearly 100 episodes were lost. But thanks to fans recording the audio of the shows at home, plus film stills and the odd found footage, the stories themselves remain. In the case of one legendary tale, The Power of the Daleks, the BBC decided to animate the tale and distribute it for a new generation of Doctor Who fans. Premiering in full this Saturday, November 19, and beginning November 20, on BBC America, viewers can stream the entire six-part series, and tomorrow night you have one chance to view the new animated version in theaters.
Thought to have been lost forever, The Power of the Daleks is the missing third serial of the fourth season of Doctor Who. No complete film recordings or master negatives of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived an archive purge in 1974. This brand new animation is recreated from original audio, photographs, and surviving film clips. The Power of the Daleks has never been shown in North America in any form.
Fans of any iteration of Doctor Who will want to see this series for two key reasons. First, it is the first rejuvenation of a Doctor, here showing Patrick Troughton transform into the Second Doctor. Second, fans first realized the true darkness behind the Daleks, who would remain the greatest foes of the Doctor and his companions to this day. Also featured are companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze).
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Lost since its premiere in November 1966, the full six-part story will also include added bonus content including interviews with members of the original cast.
Thanks to BBC Worldwide and the Fathom Events series, Monday, November 14, 2016, the story will play out on the big screen in select theaters. Check out the Fathom Events website here for details.