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October 28th, 2016 269 comments

Doctor Who Power of the Daleks Animation DVD

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Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks, the brand new animated version of the much celebrated lost story, is set to be a must buy for every Doctor Who fan with a wealth of extra material available with both the BBC Store and DVD releases.

This highly anticipated adventure will be released on BBC Store on Saturday 5th November, exactly 50 years to the minute after it was first transmitted on BBC One at 5.50pm on Saturday 5th November, 1966, with DVD following on Monday 21st November.

Extra treats fans can look forward to include commentaries and surviving footage, together with a documentary feature which stars the original cast and crew. Other bonus features include a gallery of artwork from the animation, and original shooting script. There’s even a rare chance to hear the original Dalek recordings from the show.

It’s one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures and yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974.

The six half-hour episodes feature the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of First Doctor William Hartnell into Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.

Animator Charles Norton says: ‘It’s been wonderful to have been able to track down so much rare and previously unreleased material and I hope that fans enjoy the excellent package we’ve been able to assemble.’

You can also register your interest in the BBC Store download at

DVD artwork from Classic Who artist Colin Howard which comes with a reversible cover…



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. Please note: this commentary also 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 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.


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  • Dan23

    August 4th, 2017 - 12:57pm

    I found this DVD on this website and ordered it base. Arrived today and I remove cellophane opened DVD case and found a small tear at the bottom of the Booklet cover that comes with this. Now I wish I could get a replacement booklet without any damage. There is no other damage except to the booklet.

    • booboo

      August 4th, 2017 - 1:00pm

      if its damaged you need to ask base for a replacement, they may ask you to return the whole thing.

  • Anonymous

    March 27th, 2017 - 9:20pm

    Anyone else think it’s about time they released the crusade? I mean the BBC hold half of the story so it wouldn’t be extreme to animate two episodes…..

  • uselessclockwork

    December 17th, 2016 - 1:25pm here’s the link to the American cover if you wanted to see it.

    • booboo

      December 17th, 2016 - 3:14pm

      that’s annoying i missed that, doesn’t come up in the latest edition search for me and i thought it was a barns and noble exclusive in the USA

  • PVW

    December 12th, 2016 - 2:54pm

    Finally got round to watching this and I have to say I was very disappointed with the quality of the animation as a whole
    There were a few bits, like some of the backgrounds ./ Daleks that were very good but overall it was very ‘captain pugwash’ to me and the whole cast looked like they had black eyes
    Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting Pixar but, considering technological advances these days I was expecting something a little more 2016 than 1963

    That said overall I’m glad they’ve done this as it’s favourable to the telesnaps versions (again credit to those who made them as they are in turn better than just the audio)

    I will buy whatever they release but, if they are to gain a larger audience, in turn to promote the idea of more animation I do feel the quality needs to improve!

    • Tim M

      January 4th, 2017 - 3:22pm

      I think the animators need to be given more time. I would think animating further stories should be ones with the odd episode or two still existing.

  • Anonymous

    November 26th, 2016 - 2:06am

    Alternate soundtracks
    Animation Test Footage
    Audio Commentaries on all 6 episodes
    Booklet with Production Notes
    Original Camera Scripts
    Original Title Sequence – new restoration
    The Power of the Daleks Animation and Photo Gallery
    Original Dalek Voice Session Recording (1966)
    Servants and Masters – The Making of The Power of the Daleks
    Telesnap reconstruction
    I love it

  • RoryPond11

    November 25th, 2016 - 6:45am

    Received mine yesterday and boy its a thing of beauty. Please do more….Fury from the Deep, The Evil of the Daleks or even The Daleks’ Masterplan.

  • Eric Christianson

    November 24th, 2016 - 12:25am

    Is there a region 1 release date yet? (United States).


    • booboo

      November 24th, 2016 - 7:55am

      Its exclusive to barns and noble i think in about FEB

  • Mark Belsom

    November 21st, 2016 - 11:09pm

    Finished watching Power of the Daleks and I must say I really enjoyed it. The Daleks are really well animated and totally evil,much more than the current Series. It takes a while to get used to the animation but once you get into the story you get carried away with the excitement. And Troughton as usual is pure magic,let’s hope more missing stories get to same treatment.

  • Koquillian

    November 21st, 2016 - 3:58pm

    love the booklet and slipcase, glad they took good care with this release unlike uwm.

    • Tim M

      November 21st, 2016 - 4:57pm

      Well…we thought ‘The Web of Fear’ would be the last classic series DVD release…it wasn’t…’The Underwater Menace’ was the last classic series release…it wasn’t…It is ‘The Power of the Daleks’ which is the last classic series DVD release…or is it?

    • Tim M

      November 21st, 2016 - 5:00pm

      Koquillian…I think more people care about ‘Power of the Daleks’ than ‘The Underwater Menace’ anyway

  • Cyberman Bill

    November 21st, 2016 - 7:30am

    I was really surprised how good this looked in color!! It was truly a work of art and a masterpiece. I thought I was going to hate it cause I was thinking since it was originally in black and white that it should be drawn that way too!! Boy, was I wrong!!! Can’t wait to get the BluRay so I can watch it anywhere at anytime!!

    • Tim M

      November 21st, 2016 - 9:07am

      Great to hear you enjoyed the colour version of ‘Power of the Daleks’. Where did you see it? I’ve got the DVD with the black and white version, and I’ve also pre-ordered the Blu-Ray specifically for the colour version.

    • Cyberman Bill

      November 21st, 2016 - 11:06am

      The color version is playing on BBC America and the BBC America app. You can watch it in black and white or in color. They just aired the black and white one on tv this Saturday

    • Tim M

      November 21st, 2016 - 1:35pm

      Lucky Americans…although I’m not sure how lucky America is to have Trump! 🙂

  • Tim M

    November 20th, 2016 - 10:34pm

    I forgot to mention, the DVD comes within an outer cardboard sleeve too.

  • Tim M

    November 20th, 2016 - 7:44pm

    Yay! 🙂 My DVD arrived today…and what a great surprise. On disc 2 the full telesnap reconstruction features the added narration from Anneke Wills! WOW! What an added bonus. Why couldn’t they have done this with ‘The Underwater Menace’ episodes 1 & 4.

    • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

      November 20th, 2016 - 9:14pm

      On a Sunday? That’s surprising, where did you order it from if I might ask?

    • Tim M

      November 20th, 2016 - 9:17pm

      Amazon. I got the Red Dwarf series 11 DVD last Sunday from Amazon too. Day before official release.

    • Tim M

      November 20th, 2016 - 9:20pm

      The telesnap reconstruction is brilliant. I actually think if I was watching all the stories in order, that is the version I would watch. If I was choosing to watch ‘Power of the Daleks’ as a random story to watch, I would choose the animation.

    • Tim M

      November 20th, 2016 - 9:24pm

      The telesnaps reconstruction is the same as the BBC Audio MP3-CD release from 2005. Makes my copy of that cd now redundant.

    • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

      November 20th, 2016 - 9:45pm

      That was lucky then, I’ve only rarely known online retailers to send out items before they are officially released. I never got that CD so it’ll be good for me, hopefully mine will arrive tomorrow.

    • Tim M

      November 20th, 2016 - 9:51pm

      It’s a very well constructed reconstruction. Anneke Wills narration makes the story flow so much better with the pictures and original vocal performances. A nice extra on disc 2.

    • TheClassicsAreAce

      December 3rd, 2016 - 8:18pm

      You’ll probably get a lot of money for that CD Tim

  • Leaderoftheshadowkin

    November 19th, 2016 - 5:48pm

    I saw somewhere that the surviving clips are on the DVD is this right?

    • Tim M

      November 21st, 2016 - 11:07am

      Yes. They are on disc 2.

    • Leaderoftheshadowkin

      November 21st, 2016 - 4:23pm

      Thank You Tim M

    • Tim M

      November 21st, 2016 - 9:38pm

      No problem Leaderoftheshadowkin. Just make sure you buy yourself a copy. Doctor’s orders. 🙂

    • Leaderoftheshadowkin

      November 21st, 2016 - 10:01pm

      Oh Don’t Worry! I Have!

  • prototype dalek

    November 19th, 2016 - 9:04am

    Just got my DVD this morning, cant wait to watch it!!

    • Tim M

      November 19th, 2016 - 11:08am

      Lucky! 🙂 Mine hasn’t even been dispatched yet. But I’m in no rush. I’ve already seen the animation on BBC Store.

    • prototype dalek

      November 19th, 2016 - 11:51am

      Well watched it and loved it 🙂 That’s not too bad then, what did you think of it?

    • Tim M

      November 19th, 2016 - 12:57pm

      I thought it was brilliant. Some have been critical of the animation, as it seems a bit clunky, especially the human characters. But I like the fact it has a retro feel. Especially considering it’s a story made 50 years ago. I think it’s better viewed in black and white too. I never really understood why it was shown in cinemas in America. It isn’t really suitable as it is a bit clunky. Fine for TV, computer or mobile devices though.

    • The Werewolf

      November 19th, 2016 - 2:44pm

      Mines just been dispatched

    • Tim M

      November 19th, 2016 - 8:29pm

      …and mine, from Amazon. Should arrive by Monday at the latest.

    • prototype dalek

      November 20th, 2016 - 10:23pm

      I do a agree a bit with the clunkyness Tim M but overall it wasn’t too bad. Daleks were done well

  • Tim M

    November 18th, 2016 - 4:08pm

    Reading an article on the animation for the missing ‘Dads Army’ episode ”A Stripe for Frazer’, I noticed that Charles Norton got in contact with Phillip Morris regarding whether any missing Dads Army episodes had been found before any animation began. I wonder if Charles Norton got in contact with Phillip Morris again, regarding missing Doctor Who, and in particular ‘The Power of the Daleks’?

  • Tim M

    November 18th, 2016 - 2:52pm

    Maybe it’s just me…but I’m looking forward to seeing the telesnap reconstruction on the DVD release. This should be an option on all future animated missing stories, if the telesnaps exist to do this that is.

  • Cman1O1Dalek

    November 12th, 2016 - 10:08pm

    Well lets set back chillax eat some popcorn have a frosty drink and watch the Power of the Daleks

  • Anonymous

    November 5th, 2016 - 11:01pm

    I’m triple dipping on this release to support the creation of more animations.
    I’ve already downloaded the first episode from the BBC store, now I’m waiting for my copy of the DVD to be released then arrive and then go wait for the preorder of the colour Blu-ray to show up. 🙂

  • 100,000BC

    November 3rd, 2016 - 6:06pm

    Special edition Blu-ray is coming out in February featuring a COLOUR VERSION. (also available on BBC store from December 31st, the US DVD release in December and BBC America’s digital platforms from November).

    I don’t have blu-ray facilities but I think I’ll buy the DVD and if I am really desperate for a colour version I’ll buy that off BBC store.

  • Andrew Robinson

    November 3rd, 2016 - 5:32pm

    Well at least The Force Awakens waited six months before forcing me to double dip.
    Looks like Power cant even wait six weeks!

    Whats best BBC account to protest to?

    • TheClassicsAreAce

      November 3rd, 2016 - 5:37pm

      Get the DVD, then if you don’t have it get the Lost In Time DVD to get the surviving footage only available on the BBC Store release

    • Gordon

      November 3rd, 2016 - 6:21pm

      You don’t have to buy it you know. You aren’t being forced into buying anything.

  • booboo

    November 3rd, 2016 - 5:18pm

    just reading on the official BBC worldwide site that this will be available in colour at the end of the year on BBC store and on a special blu-ray out in Feb 2017

    also dvd is a barns and noble exclusive in the states

  • Tim M

    November 3rd, 2016 - 11:18am

    Not long now until buying and downloading ‘The Power of the Daleks’. November 5th is almost here…

    • DalekAgent

      November 3rd, 2016 - 4:51pm


    • Tim M

      November 3rd, 2016 - 5:46pm

      Indeed we will…not long now. The wait is almost over.

  • Doctor 909

    November 2nd, 2016 - 12:22pm

    It would seem as though Amazon have sold out…

    • Anonymous

      November 2nd, 2016 - 4:59pm

      how can you tell? I don’t see any indication of that

    • Doctor 909

      November 2nd, 2016 - 5:41pm

      Ah, it seems they’ve updated it. This morning it said they didn’t have any stock and if you ordered you would be emailed when they were ready to ship. Glad they’ve got them, I haven’t ordered mine yet!

  • Doctor 909

    November 2nd, 2016 - 12:02pm

    What actually are the “Original Camera Scripts”? Are they printed out versions of the scripts or will they be scanned on the DVD and be able to go through on the disc? It might sound like a silly question, but if they are actually printed out scripts (which I doubt) that would be great!

    • Doctor 909

      November 2nd, 2016 - 12:04pm

      Also, quick thing, dare they the same thing as the original shooting script?

    • Gareth Pugh

      November 2nd, 2016 - 5:00pm

      It’s as PDF files on the disc

  • Lachlan McGowan

    November 2nd, 2016 - 2:19am

    The Surviving Footage & Original Trailer are no longer BBC Store exclusive, my source comes from the official Doctor Who facebook page, “Hello Nick, we can confirm that the surviving footage & original trailer WILL be included in the DVD release. We’ll update this information on the site as soon as possible 🙂 “

  • skaroman

    November 1st, 2016 - 4:53pm

    If they do release ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ next, then they should include Ian Levine’s ‘Mission to the Unknown’ animation. It would make a nice double story box-set (I see them as two separate stories, with the Myth Makers sitting in between).

    • Anonymous

      November 1st, 2016 - 6:55pm

      Yeh, They can do that after they get a Crusade release out
      They should just get it out before they do anything

    • Tim M

      November 2nd, 2016 - 10:20am

      I think ‘Mission to the Unknown’ should be re-animated. The Ian Levine version isn’t necessarily bad, but it could be improved upon. Some of the human characters need better definition, and not look so much like cartoon characters.

    • WHOdr.

      November 2nd, 2016 - 12:59pm

      OMG “Anonymous” and his / her bizarre obsession for the Crusade…. *rolls eyes*

    • Anonymous

      November 2nd, 2016 - 5:02pm

      I can understand anonymous and their obsession with having that released as it is the most obvious release they could do

    • Number 6

      November 2nd, 2016 - 11:58pm

      Sound very ambitious. I hope the BBC get the funding if possible to release The Daleks’ Master Plan, and what would be good if any missing episodes returned to fill the gaps on the incomplete stories. I am actually looking forward to this.

      Just to remind you, the Power of the Daleks DVD is not the only Classic Dr Who DVD that the BBC mysteriously tweeted on Twitter a year ago. We might be seeing missing episodes returned to fill the gaps and reconstructions, using animations, to complete the story. Keep your eyes and ears for further news.

    • Anonymous

      November 3rd, 2016 - 3:46pm

      what other ones did they mysteriously tweet?

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