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July 3rd, 2021 164 comments

Doctor Who The Evil of The Daleks Steelbook

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BBC Studios announce Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks Animation, due for release on 27th September 2021.

BBC Studios have announced the new Doctor Who: Evil of the Daleks animation starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor and can reveal artwork alongside a sneak peak of what’s included in the release.

The announcement lands on the 53rd anniversary in which the last episode of the original version was aired. The new animated release will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook from 27th September 2021.

The Evil of the Daleks is the mostly-missing ninth and final serial of the fourth season of the British series Doctor Who, which originally aired in seven weekly parts from 20th May to 1st July 1967.

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, audio-only recordings of all seven episodes have survived and have been used here to create a brand new fully animated presentation of this lost classic, featuring the original surviving second episode.

The Doctor (Patrick Troughton) stars alongside his travel companion Jamie (Frazer Hines) in this recreation in which the TARDIS has been stolen. The story unfolds as the Doctor and Jamie set out to find the missing time machine,bringing them face to face with a very old enemy – the Daleks, who have a new masterplan to conquer the universe. The Daleks force the Doctor to help them on their quest to ‘humanise’ themselves into deadlier living weapons. This particular story is notable for introducing the Doctor’s new companion Victoria Waterfield (Deborah Watling), first seen in the surviving second episode, and also for presenting the Dalek Emperor.

The three disc release gives fans the opportunity to enjoy The Evil of the Daleks, available in either colour or black and white.

The release will include:

  • Remastered Surviving Original Episode 2
  • Telesnap Reconstructions – 6 episodes
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Audiobook, with recorded commentary by Tom Baker
  • Making Of
  • Photo Gallery

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!”

DOCTOR WHO: THE EVIL OF THE DALEKS
Written by David Whitaker
Directed by AnneMarie Walsh (2021 Production)
Directed by Derek Martinus (1967 Production)
Produced by Paul Hembury (2021 Production)
Produced by Innes Lloyd (1967 Production)

Starring Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Marius Goring, John Bailey, Deborah Watling, Brigit Forsyth, Gary Watson, Jo Rowbottom, Windsor Davies and Sonny Caldinez.

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164 comments

  • Doctor Blu

    July 2nd, 2021 - 9:00pm

    The steel book artwork cover is much better than the DVD and Blu ray covers which is poor.

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    • Ian Cotterill

      July 2nd, 2021 - 9:23pm

      Agreed. The Steelbook cover is so much better.

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2021 - 8:25am

      It feels like the same could be said for web of fear in reverse. I much prefer the dvd cover for that.

    • Anonymous

      July 10th, 2021 - 3:36pm

      The DVD covers are a bit predictable now. It’s exactly the same thing on every cover.

      I don’t know why they don’t do art more like the regular Classic DVDs of old, just with the animated elements?

  • David Gladwin

    July 2nd, 2021 - 2:17pm

    I am really looking forward to this wouldn’t it be great if they could animate the audio adventures I would buy them in an instant I can always dream though

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    • Auton

      July 2nd, 2021 - 3:41pm

      I hope so too but I think they should animate the missing episodes first

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2021 - 8:27am

      Personally, id rather somthing new and somthing old each year. Animate a lost story and animate an audio preferably paul mcgann for obvious reasons

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2021 - 12:57pm

      Big finish is a seperate commercial company from the bbc. They can’t animate and release audio stories made by big finish for copyright and bbc charter reasons

    • Kingdiamond887

      July 4th, 2021 - 7:03pm

      But big finish have a animation team they did fury from deep maybe they could do it it be nice Paul mcgann get some story done

    • Gordon

      July 4th, 2021 - 8:54pm

      Big finish (the audio company) and big finish creative (the animation company) are run independently of each other as far as I’m aware. The only real crossover is that Jason Haigh-Ellery owns both of them

    • Kingdiamond887

      July 6th, 2021 - 12:12am

      Oh thank for correcting me but would it be less complicated of rights of doctor who audio for them to do it instead of bbc or I’m just dreaming to big

    • Chris Howarth

      July 6th, 2021 - 9:38am

      The audio adventures wouldn’t necessarily benefit from transferring to a visual medium. They’re written to be exposition heavy with plenty of descriptors in the dialogue. For example you might get McGann saying “Look a door!” when there’s clearly a door on screen.

    • Anonymous

      July 7th, 2021 - 10:24am

      All you need to do is cut the odd line out. Hell, the actors are still doing Big Finish, get them to rerecord lines.

    • Anonymous

      July 7th, 2021 - 9:12pm

      They are seperate companies. BBC won’t animate a private commercial companies output. The charter won’t allow it as it would be essentially advertising for big finish.

  • LeeD

    July 1st, 2021 - 10:22pm

    This story is the icing on the cake!! Lots and lots of fans looking forward to this.

    Reply
  • Auton

    July 1st, 2021 - 9:25pm

    Is the surviving footage going to be included which includes the surviving modal effects?

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    • Anonymous

      July 2nd, 2021 - 1:39pm

      What’s modal effects?

    • Anonymous

      July 2nd, 2021 - 4:56pm

      Theirs some old black and white footage of loads of Daleks in battle, being destroyed as the sets and Dalek Emperor are also blown up. But rather than looking like the actual props they look like models were used instead.
      Wonder if it’s this they mean?

    • The Flying Shark

      July 2nd, 2021 - 7:15pm

      That footage has been included on a number of releases now, I know it would be nice for completeness’ sake for it to be on this but it doesn’t exactly need another copy, and regardless I should imagine it will accompany the story on the inevitable Collection box set.

    • Anonymous

      July 2nd, 2021 - 7:24pm

      OH yeah, that makes sense.

    • Auton

      July 2nd, 2021 - 8:46pm

      Yea that’s what I meant, I think it was included on the tomb of the cybermen special edition dvd release

    • Gordon

      July 2nd, 2021 - 8:49pm

      I’m sure the footage will be on the recon be used on the making of as well as the option to watch it on its own. It’s not like it takes up a massive amount of space. If you look at power macra faceless and fury they all included the surviving footage from each story

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2021 - 12:58pm

      All existing footage will be included the reconstruction. It always is.

    • Anonymous

      July 4th, 2021 - 11:44pm

      Yeah, how many times has the “Final End” footage been released, in whatever form?

      The Tomb of the Cybermen
      The Seeds of Death
      Lost in Time
      Resurrection of the Daleks Special Edition
      The Tomb of the Cybermen Special Edition

      Any I’m forgetting?

    • Auton

      July 6th, 2021 - 7:14am

      Even though it’s been released a lot of times it’s supposed to be from this story so should be on this story. If it’s missing from this release I expect it to be on the season 4 blu-Ray collection box set

  • Anonymous

    July 1st, 2021 - 9:23pm

    I really hope Episode 1 has the option of being able to watch it with the repeat broadcast introduction with The Doctor introducing the story to Zoe… Fingers crossed!

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  • Ian Cotterill

    July 1st, 2021 - 9:07pm

    I’ve got mine on preorder now. I’ve ordered the steelbook version on the grounds that it has the better cover.

    Reply
  • Finlay

    July 1st, 2021 - 8:57pm

    This is marvellous. Think it’s safe to say that loads of us have been waiting for this story for quite some time.

    Most ambitious animation they’ve done yet as well as it’s 7 episodes rather than 6 or 4. Will absolutely be picking this up.

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    • LeeD

      July 1st, 2021 - 9:07pm

      This story is the icing on the cake!! Lots and lots of fans looking forward to this.

    • philip shaw

      July 1st, 2021 - 10:18pm

      Lets hope they don’t cut anything out!

    • Prof Horner

      July 2nd, 2021 - 11:37am

      Yes, here’s hoping for the biggy in 2023 The Daleks master plan.

    • Anonymous

      July 2nd, 2021 - 5:41pm

      Daleks’ Master Plan is absolutely not happening in 2023. Far too expensive and far too time intensive.

    • Gordon

      July 3rd, 2021 - 8:58am

      Unless they are working on it now I doubt it will be out in time for the 60th anniversary. It’s a 2 year job minimum

    • daz

      July 3rd, 2021 - 10:47pm

      I think we’ll get Master plan eventually. The final missing Dalek story that would no doubt sell. Could be a 2025 release for it’s 60th Anniversary.

    • Anonymous

      July 7th, 2021 - 10:30am

      It all depends really. Gary Russell (I think it was him anyway) confirmed that the budget is increasing early last year. There are also differences with what each of the teams are capable of. Ann Marie Walsh said Highlanders is extremely unlikely for BBC Studios “because of all the tartan.” Gary Russell said Big Finish Creative could do it, no problem. If the BBC pay for twice the amount of personnel working on Master Plan, maybe it could be done in 2023? That is the 60th Anniversary year, after all.

  • Anonymous

    July 1st, 2021 - 7:08pm

    Last time I pre-ordered something this quickly was when Web was announced in November!

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  • Gordon

    July 1st, 2021 - 7:04pm

    Looking at lost in time disc 2 is almost useless now. The surviving clips of the highlanders and a 30 second Easter egg of underwater menace is the only things not ported over yet

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    • Anonymous

      July 1st, 2021 - 7:47pm

      No clue why they didn’t just include that Frazer Hines introduction on the 2015 DVD.

    • Gordon

      July 1st, 2021 - 9:02pm

      Probably as the people in charge at the time bafflingly wanted the release as basic as possible

    • Anonymous

      July 1st, 2021 - 10:29pm

      And the Restoration Team were willing to create a Web 3 style recon for no extra cost. That was declined. What a stupid decision. And it wouldn’t have cost them anything.

    • The Loiterer

      July 2nd, 2021 - 8:20am

      Anon: a full reconstruction seemingly costs the same to clear as an episode, reading between the lines re. The Tenth Planet VHS. Audio plus a few telesnaps is likely cheaper and saved BBCWW a few quid on royalties. They really didn’t want to release that disc, so cut as many corners as possible, watching every pound. Movement equalled more money for the actors I would assume.

  • skaroman

    July 1st, 2021 - 7:01pm

    I like how they’re choosing anniversaries for announcements/release dates.
    If the rumours (i.e. the Mirror) are true about the Abominable Snowmen are true, then maybe an announcement on September 30th (54th anniversary of the broadcast of episode 1) could be predicted?…

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    • Anonymous

      July 1st, 2021 - 7:47pm

      Makes sense

  • Gordon

    July 1st, 2021 - 6:45pm

    Was out today so missed the announcement. Happy to hear it finally confirmed after all the rumours. It’s an instant purchase. Ordered both the dvd and steelbook. Think this adds weight to the rumour of abominable to be also getting animated seeing as they were both rumoured at the same time from the same source. Nice to see it getting a making of and also Peter Crocker has confirmed episode 2 will be getting a brand new restoration. I might need to double check totals but I think we are down to 63 episodes unanimated on dvd/blu ray

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    • Gordon

      July 1st, 2021 - 8:26pm

      Sorry 61 episodes

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2021 - 1:01pm

      I know just 61 left! I have to admit I don’t really consider the episodes ‘missing’ after they’ve been animated. Cue angry shouting!

    • Prowl1701

      July 3rd, 2021 - 8:45pm

      *shouts angrily* lol. While I would love for the original episodes to be found, Im usually content with the animations. Only Fury’s animation really disappoints me.

  • Gargan

    July 1st, 2021 - 6:33pm

    Steelbook ordered to sit beside my ‘Power..’ one….great it’s by the same animators too!!

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  • Doctor Mysterio

    July 1st, 2021 - 6:33pm

    This steelbook looks fantastic – much better design that the standard cover. Pre-ordered today.

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  • Savo79

    July 1st, 2021 - 5:59pm

    Nearly a week when I didn’t have anything who related on pre order. This has sorted that out. One of the retailers should offer a subscription, there’s so many of us completists out there. I’d sign up especially for the collection box sets.

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    • D84

      July 1st, 2021 - 8:23pm

      I quite agree, I was starting to feel a little lost without a couple of pre orders in the bag and “waiting” (I do have Web steelbook on order) Loving all of the animations – I sincerely hope everything that is currently missing from the archives gets the animation treatment eventually

  • DrXshock

    July 1st, 2021 - 5:33pm

    AT LAST!

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  • Anonymous

    July 1st, 2021 - 5:16pm

    Does the steelbook also have the DVD version on it or can it only be played with Blu-Ray?

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    • MJS

      July 1st, 2021 - 8:39pm

      I think they stopped this after “power of the Daleks”

  • pupbenny

    July 1st, 2021 - 4:53pm

    Wow, this looks AMAZING! I’m glad they did it in colour too.

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    • Anonymous

      July 1st, 2021 - 5:00pm

      They always do the animations in colour. That’s not news.

    • Lee D

      July 1st, 2021 - 5:04pm

      So excited for this!! Looks great.

    • Andy

      July 2nd, 2021 - 3:31am

      Yes. Good its in colour. Anonymous, They didnt do colour for the Special Edition Power of the Daleks.

    • Anonymous

      July 20th, 2021 - 2:22am

      Because that was an update of the 2016 release. At that time, nobody would think for the animations to be done in colour, then towards the end of production on the B/W version, BBC America at the last minute decided they wanted a colour version, so a Canadian company were hired to take a draft of the B/W version and add colour filters to each layer. It didn’t look very good. For the most part. It was after that decision that BBC Studios decided to make each animation in colour first, then convert it to black and white. That’s now the standard, and the reason why the colour version wasn’t included on the Power SE DVD was because the BBC Studios team had nothing to do with it and they didn’t like it. They didn’t make the animation bearing a colour version in mind.

      Why they didn’t make a colour version of the Special Edition? Well, most of it was lifted directly from the 2016 version and all the character assets were built in black and white.

      The colour animations are commonplace now, so no, they’re not exactly news. The formula now is to make it in colour first, then add a B/W option, and that’s what they’ll certainly do for all the rest. Even the ones not funded by BBC America, if Web of Fear is anything to go by. Power of the Daleks Special Edition was an exception because it was based on the very first BBC Studios animation, which wasn’t initially made in colour.

  • Prowl 1701

    July 1st, 2021 - 4:45pm

    Love the art for this Steelbook! Ordered it and the standard Blueray! Will be my first time to “see” this story, I’m very excited!

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  • Anonymous

    July 1st, 2021 - 4:20pm

    WOW!!! All my thanks to the animators, this is awesome!!! 😀

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  • Alvin Amey

    July 1st, 2021 - 4:09pm

    What a great day today has been, DPD delivered 2 Evil Black Leader daleks and now I discover Evil of the Daleks animation is coming out this year, so I’ve ordered the steelbook and DVD

    Reply
  • philip shaw

    July 1st, 2021 - 3:59pm

    As they have the Dalek’s sorted, why not next ‘Daleks masterplan’, I don’t mind paying a bit more.

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    • The ergon

      July 1st, 2021 - 4:42pm

      That is my most wanted of all the hartnell stories phillip. I,d like them to do the celestial toymaker and if possble include a jackie lane memoriam as a mark of respect to the late actress.

    • Rory

      July 1st, 2021 - 5:18pm

      I’ve been wanting this forever. The last episode when Sara dies is harrowing.

      This is the zenith of 60s Who.

    • the ergon

      July 1st, 2021 - 7:12pm

      Should we care so much about Saras fate though, I mean she callously kills her brother Brett vyon (though i suppose we could be ambivalent towards Bretts character) and in a space of one episode shes a fully integrated member of the TARDIS team. That time destructor really did mess with their minds, The doctor and steven never thought to look back or question what happened to Brett and sara certainly wasn,t saying anything.

    • Bobby Fackrell

      July 1st, 2021 - 7:32pm

      Yes she killed the Brig!

      You can’t do that!

    • Anonymous

      July 1st, 2021 - 7:51pm

      Ergon, rumour has it that Galaxy 4 Episode 4 and Celestial Toymaker Episode 3 are the two Hartnell episodes Paul Vanezis talked about. If Galaxy 4’s animated DVD release also includes an existing Episode 4, that could be an indicator Celestial Toymaker will follow.

      And Celestial Toymaker could be pretty easy. Only a handful of cast members and the sets should be simple.

  • philip shaw

    July 1st, 2021 - 3:57pm

    Looks like my favourite animation team, who did Power and Macra are doing it, looks great!

    Reply
  • Sam

    July 1st, 2021 - 3:47pm

    Finally! Literally been my most wanted animation for years 🙂 really can’t wait to see how it all looks and the steel book is so pretty 🙂

    Reply
  • Daniel

    July 1st, 2021 - 3:46pm

    Pre-Ordered 🙂

    Reply
  • B D Fackrell

    July 1st, 2021 - 3:46pm

    Amazing cover – the best Doctor Who Story ever! Cannot wait!

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  • Anonymous

    July 1st, 2021 - 3:43pm

    Just ordered Booboo. The money doesn’t get taken until near release date but with pre-ordering it atleast guarantees you a copy if these limited editions sell out.

    Reply
  • Kevin Megannety

    July 1st, 2021 - 3:43pm

    I’m still holding out on buying these animated recreations. Eventually they will be released in the collection seasons and I don’t need duplicates. I can wait.

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    • Rory

      July 1st, 2021 - 5:26pm

      I can’t wait. I’ll buy them all and enjoy getting to see a story I never got to see due to not being born.

      I’ll still buy the boxsets, because there’s content I want to see, but I ain’t waiting six years until I can watch an animated episode

    • D84

      July 1st, 2021 - 5:34pm

      I’m in the same mind as Rory, I’ll buy this now and then re buy it if/when it comes as part of “The Collection – Season Four” I have all of the other animations on BluRay steel book too so they are kind of a set in their own right (I have also had all the VHS and DVD’s prior to the move to Blu Ray)

    • Chris Howarth

      July 1st, 2021 - 5:46pm

      That’s OK. But the way I look at it, if these episodes weren’t animated they wouldn’t be available for the Season sets. If fans don’t support the animations they will stop being made, so nothing for the box sets but audios and telesnaps.

    • Coleman

      July 1st, 2021 - 9:40pm

      Very good point Chris. I know a few people are not buying these animations at the moment because there waiting for them to be eventually put on the the Collection sets.
      (But, and it’s a very big but). If everyone felt like this and decided not to support the animations from the start, the BBC would simply stop making them so they wouldn’t be able to be put them on the collections eventually. Seasons one to six on Blu-ray would be full of audios and telesnaps.

    • D84

      July 1st, 2021 - 10:40pm

      Very good point Coleman, very good point indeed

    • Gordon

      July 1st, 2021 - 10:49pm

      worth noting there is no guarantee that absolutely everything will be ported over from the stand alone release. Also with things like the making of and commentary being covered it frees them up to focus other extras when the time comes for season 4 of the collection

    • daz

      July 2nd, 2021 - 12:33am

      Gordon. I only expect them to put the B&W versions of the animations on the Collection sets along with Telesnaps and found episodes.

      Rest of space will be for the features old and new.

    • Kevin Megannety

      July 2nd, 2021 - 9:34am

      My goal with Dr Who is not to collect it all but just to get every season in the best quality I can get it whilst avoiding duplicates. Buying the classic seasons in the collection range and the modern run in steelbook will satisfy this desire. I don’t discourage anyone from buying these recreations standalone Its just what I am personally doing. One day I hope I can watch from an Unearthly Child to the most recent episode without any gaps. I also don’t have a Doctor I dislike. Each is great in their own way and I find the hate against Jodie to be unfounded. It’s a Sci-Fi show people of course things are going to be slightly progressive at least. Star Trek had a diverse cast in the 60s for crying out loud. Galifrey is not Earth, its culture is different, why would they act like us? It only seems natural that regeneration can change your gender as well. If you can race bend a character like Nick Fury or Jim Gordon why not change the Doctors gender?

  • Coleman

    July 1st, 2021 - 3:10pm

    Gorgeous cover. Literally released just after my Birthday. So that’s my presents soughted for this year. Hope it doesn’t get delayed.

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  • Coleman

    July 1st, 2021 - 3:04pm

    Woohoo, excellent.
    Their was alot of rumours about this one getting made.
    It’s finally officially announced.

    Reply
  • Anonymous

    July 1st, 2021 - 3:04pm

    Now thats a cover!!!

    Reply

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