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July 23rd, 2020 286 comments

Trailer – The Power Of The Daleks Special Edition DVD

Available to order in the UK from www.amazon.co.uk

Also available to order from www.zoom.co.uk and www.zavvi.co.uk

Available to order in Australia from www.sanity.com.au

Patrick Troughton stars in this recreation of a lost classic from 1966.

The TARDIS brings the Doctor, Polly and Ben to a colony on the swamp planet of Vulcan. Soon after arriving, the Doctor witnesses a brutal murder.

Meanwhile, in another part of the colony an ancient crashed space capsule has been discovered in the swamps. The colony’s misguided chief scientist opens the capsule and discovers a group of strange metal ‘creatures’ inside. The creatures appear to be long dead. The Doctor calls the metal creatures ‘Daleks’ and claims that they are incredibly dangerous.

‘Power of the Daleks’ was the first Doctor Who story to star Patrick Troughton as the Doctor – broadcast between November and December 1966. Sadly, none of the six original broadcast episodes of ‘Power of the Daleks’ any longer exist in the BBC Film Archives. However, complete audio recordings of the lost episodes have survived in the hands of private collectors. And it is these audio recordings that are used as the basis for this special animated production of the programme. Now in a brand new edition and brought to you in glorious black and white…

Includes exciting new special features:
• Two new documentaries about Power of the Daleks
• 1993 BBC audio version of The Power of the Daleks narrated by Tom Baker
• Raw incidental music
• Photogrammetry Featurette
• Whicker’s World – I Don’t Like My Monsters to Have Oedipus Complexes
• Daleks – The Early Years: A 1992 documentary presented by Peter Davison
• Robin Hood – 1953 Episode: Patrick Troughton’s earliest surviving TV appearance
• BBC archive footage from BBC regional news, BBC Breakfast, Blue Peter and Newsnight
• Previously unreleased animation trailers and animatics

Additional bonus material:
• Audio commentaries by Anneke Wills on each episode
• Animation test footage
• Photo Gallery, including previously unreleased and rediscovered full colour on-set photos from 1966.
• Servants & Masters – The Making of The Power of the Daleks
• Doctor Who – The Highlanders


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286 comments

  • Matt

    August 3rd, 2020 - 12:12pm

    Can anyone confirm if their copy of the DVD does include the ‘Special Edition’ text on the reverse cover spine? Haven’t seen any photos of it, beyond this image.

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    • booboo

      August 3rd, 2020 - 12:26pm

      yes it does, that is an image of our cover received

  • Doctor Blu

    August 2nd, 2020 - 12:13pm

    Hopefully in future we do get fully animated black and white and colour versions of missing stories. Alongside full length telesnap/photo reconstructions. As my favourite version of ‘Power of the Daleks’ is still the colour animated version. Likewise for ‘Macra Terror’ and ‘Faceless Ones’ I prefer the colour animation. I think where a story is completely or mostly missing, the best way to watch it is in full colour animation. Cartoons always look better and more suited in colour.

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    • RPG74

      August 3rd, 2020 - 1:59pm

      It amuses me when animators delete scenes, reverse character positions, add sore-thumb easter eggs (like Master Wanted posters) and then bang on about how colourized versions aren’t faithful to the original serials! No disrespect to them, I appreciate their work, but they’ve proven themselves pretty flexible when it comes to authenticity. If colour is so terrible for Power, then why is 16:9 ratio okay?

    • Lee D

      August 3rd, 2020 - 3:36pm

      Yes, Totally agree ! With the Wanted poster Easter Eggs on Faceless Ones.loved the Animation, but the added poster and other modern series, added bits, ruined it for me. Love the Animation though.

    • Gordon

      August 3rd, 2020 - 9:49pm

      You make it sound like the animators enjoy cutting things out. They are under a strict time and budget constraints. With how strict things are they are sometimes forced into impossible situations to get things delivered on time and within budget. As good as the animations are they will never 100 percent be accurate to the episode. There will always be characters that are not in the right position or does something that isn’t quite match up with what happens in the episode. It’s the animators job to tell the story in the best way possible in the time and money they get allocated

      I find it funny that people had no problem with changes and nu who additions on other releases but because it was something chibnell era related it becomes this deeply offensive and retconing thing. They have been doing them since the invasion. Nobody was offended in the invasion when it had bad wolf written on the wall or added cyber ship or the car being changed. Those changes were ignored. Same with other stories that had nu who additions

      16:9 is a request from bbc America who majority fund these. Simply put modern broadcasters have zero interest in broadcasting in 4:3. Just look at how bbc America broadcast the aztecs, tomb,spearhead, pyramid etc In 2013. It was all 16:9 and it was dreadful.

    • RPG74

      August 3rd, 2020 - 10:47pm

      Personally, I prefer the animations in 16:9 (although I appreciate the 4:3 option on the Faceless Ones set). And yes I accept the fact that the animators are, due to budgetary/time constraints, occasionally, forced to kill some of their darlings. And I agree, they’re doing a fantastic job-I look forward to these brilliant releases, for years to come. But if they’re happy to slip in meta-easter eggs, and make other uneccessary tweaks that potentially conflict with the original material, they can’t very well baulk at the idea of colourisation. That, simply, is my point.
      Now, if some Ted Turner wannabe crawls out of the woodwork, with plans for a full zoom-widescreen colourisation of the classic Hartnell and Troughton years, I’ll be the first one to root out the pitchfork and light my torch,. But we’re talking about animation here. If it’s fine to be in HD and 16:9 (again, my personal preference for the animations), and the odd visual in-joke isn’t considered beyond the pale (mildly irritating to me, but certainly no deal-breaker) then there shouldn’t be a problem with a colour option too.
      But since I have one, on the 2016 release, this is the edition I will stick with for the time being.

    • Lee.D

      August 3rd, 2020 - 10:51pm

      My comments earlier , had nothing to do with Chibnell , but were just as other fans felt , that if you have a story that is animated and I agree , sometimes with a wide audience you may want to improve a scene, that’s fair to that wide audience ,you can’t please everyone all the time, but you also don’t need to add new series elements to an old story that stands up for it’s self as an adventure and works fine with no added extras … Unless it is an added option on the DVD. Which is a different matter altogether.

    • Anonymous

      August 4th, 2020 - 2:30pm

      Love the fact that you often see the invasion animation held up as perfect yet zoe is in the wrong outfit at the beginning and Benton sits in a car not on a roof as in the original. No one seems to be complaining about that! I like the little Easter eggs. If you spot them great. But it can possibly ruin it is just ridiculous.

    • Anonymous

      August 4th, 2020 - 6:41pm

      Gordon seems to have it right, the bad wolf in invasion was fine apparently but put something in from chibnall and it ruins it! Question. Did the roger Delgado and Peter butterworth wanted posters “ruin” it or just the sacha dawhan? I think it’s a nice touch that does nothing to the story.

    • Bobby Fackrell

      August 5th, 2020 - 3:21pm

      Most Whovians prefer black and white animation we want it is as faithful as possible.

    • Anonymous

      August 5th, 2020 - 5:32pm

      Have to agree with Bobby that the colour animations don’t bother me that much. Faceless ones will always be watched in black and white with its existing episodes. Macra I’d actually watch the reconstruction over the animation and power I’ll happily watch either b&w animation. Don’t get me wrong the colour versions are ok I’d just rather watch them as I would the original episodes. I just think maybe the money could be used better if they stuck to a single b&w animation.

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    July 31st, 2020 - 8:12pm

    I suppose only 10 more stories could be animated following the imminent release of ‘Fury from the Deep’. 5 Hartnell and 5 Troughton. That’s if we rule out all the historical stories which seem very unlikely to be animated. So probably little to no chance of ‘Marco Polo’ , ‘The Crusade’ , ‘The Myth Makers’ , ‘The Massacre’ , ‘The Smugglers’ and ‘The Highlanders’ being animated unfortunately. So for Hartnell we could see ‘Galaxy 4’ , ‘Mission to the Unknown’ , ‘The Daleks Master Plan’ , ‘The Celestial Toymaker’ and ‘The Savages’ having a very good chance of being animated. For Troughton we could hopefully in future see ‘The Underwater Menace’ (special edition perhaps?), ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ , ‘The Abominable Snowmen’ , ‘The Wheel in Space’ and ‘The Space Pirates’ animated. ‘The Web of Fear’ episode 3 is also a possibility for animation. But I don’t imagine that all six episodes of ‘The Web of Fear’ will be animated. I would however think that the other ten stories would likely be completely animated.

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    • Anonymous

      August 1st, 2020 - 10:32am

      There is the problem of mavic chen in masterplan. That make up is, whilst at the time acceptable, now not so much. It’s the same with the crusade. I’d love to see masterplan but not sure if they’ll be able to do it due to the race issues.

    • RPG74

      August 1st, 2020 - 10:57am

      Well if they animated all 12 episodes they could have a more, shall we say, ‘authentic’ Asian Mavic. The Beeb, could invite an Asian actor to dub over Kevin Stoneys lines, if they really wanted to be PC about it, and for the purists, well, they could have the original three episodes on another disc. But I think this is a moot point, as animating twelve episodes, even nine, just for one story, seems too big an ask. Including special features, it would have to be a four-five disc set, at least.
      I suppose the Beeb could get round to doing something like this eventually, if minded to do so, but if so, it wouldn’t be for years. We’ll probably see two more Special Edition releases of Power, before we ever see Master-Plan on dvd.

    • Anonymous

      August 1st, 2020 - 11:46am

      Some people seem to find the idea that not every story will be animated hard to understand. But there are a few which will be prohibitively expensive to make and possibly not commercially viable. That’s just the way it is.

    • TheWHOlegacy

      August 1st, 2020 - 1:21pm

      Smugglers has less characters including costume changes and locations than fury from the deep. So I would very much bet it might be the first historical to be attempted by the new animation teams. The myth makers also has a similar character and location count as fury. With highlanders the main issue is tartan, but fraiser hines did point out that the boat scene full of people wearing kilts were wearing all plain brown kilts with no patterns. It’s the crusade which is the main issue as it’s about 40 characters when you include costume changes. The next closest are marco and massacre on 27 and the other historicals are around low 20’s in similar numbers to macra, faceless, fury and wheel

    • Gordon

      August 1st, 2020 - 4:47pm

      If the power special edition sells enough it may give them the incentive to do special editions of underwater menace and web. Not full blown animations but rather just the missing episodes gaps however I feel they will wait till wheel and abominable are animated before animating web as there as a chance it may turn up and at that point it would complete season 5 and wouldn’t be too expensive to do. Think the likes of evil abominable wheel and maybe space pirates will be getting full blown animated releases in the next couple of years especially if they stick to troughton. On the Hartnell side galaxy 4, toy maker and savages are all likely to get done. As for masterplan I can see it getting done over 2 releases. Mission to the unknown will probably just use the remake with the option to watch it with either the original or new audio. All that will probably take 5 years or so. A lot can happen in 5 years. Budgets can increase and what was unaffordable now might more affordable then. Animation may become cheaper and easier. Regarding historical stories I do think they may want to try 1 full blown animated historical to test the market and the smugglers is probably the easiest 1 to try. Or if they want to try a historical that doesn’t have telesnaps myth makers is probably the best 1 to try. If it’s successful it may make them try and push the budget out for more historical releases. There maybe a couple that may never be animated but it’s still amazing we are getting so many already. As far as 5 years ago if someone had told me we would be getting 3 fully animated releases and 2 maybe 3 season box sets on blu ray this Year I wouldn’t have believed it. Amazing considering 5 years ago we got underwater menace with a poor recon and that was it for the year.

    • Anonymous

      August 1st, 2020 - 4:53pm

      Good sense from Gordon again. I’d love to see smugglers as an historical try out DVD. But if it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t happen. I do sometimes think some who fans can be very ungrateful for what we do get.

    • Anonymous

      August 2nd, 2020 - 9:47am

      Is it the US market that is currently driving the production of fully animated stories? I feel a lot is said about animating full stories when I was personally very happy with the animated individual episodes for Moonbase, Ice Warriors DVDs etc. I’m still gutted they never did a Planet Qurios animation of episodes 1&4 of The Underwater Menace which would have flowed perfectly into The Moonbase episode 1.

    • Bobby Fackrell

      August 2nd, 2020 - 9:16pm

      I would happy bet several hundred pound against the suggestion The Dalek Masterplan will not get made because of a racist cartoon.

      I’ve said many times if you look past historical signs of the times and view it for what it represents Doctor Who is fundamentally the least racist British program ever made.

      The original director was Indian, the original producer was a young woman and and the driving force behind the concept of show is equality.

    • Anonymous

      August 3rd, 2020 - 12:49am

      Trouble is Bobby, you can explain that, but it wouldn’t stop people being up in arms. Don’t forget we live in an age of instant outrage! For me, a disclaimer and a documentary explaining the reasons behind the casting of actors in roles would be fine.

    • Bobby Fackrell

      August 3rd, 2020 - 5:19am

      Sadly true
      People point to things and shout racism to make themselves feel better about themselves it solves nothing. The media and government talk about intolerance and treat racism the same way they would murder. But education is the key, understanding what racism is and what it represents, people who have insecurities should explore them. The unfortunate slips in the past on television, not just Doctor Who but all programs should be left to help people understand how society develops. You cannot fight racism by denying it, you have to fight it but exploring it and helping people to see beyond to discover the best of humanity which is what Doctor Who stands for

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    July 30th, 2020 - 9:50pm

    The animation is improved, although much of it feels and looks much the same as the original. It is really episode 1 which has the most notable changes. Strangely, I preferred the Derek Handley telesnap version on disc two. Just as easy to follow, and much closer to how the story originally looked…even if it is only more of a slide show. I think animation works best when it completes a story that is already half or at least more than half complete. Stories such as ‘The Reign of Terror’, ‘The Tenth Planet’ , ‘The Moonbase’ , ‘The Ice Warriors’ and ‘The Invasion’ are good examples. Only because enough of the original episodes do exist to give you a great example of the style of the overall story anyway. Animation works well completing an incomplete story. When it’s completely animation, it feels like watching a completely different version of the same story.

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    • Anonymous

      July 31st, 2020 - 1:59pm

      Personally I thought the new animation was closer to the original this time. I prefer the animation on power over the reconstruction whereas macra I prefer the reconstruction over the animation.

  • Robsbob

    July 30th, 2020 - 1:18pm

    Anyone else find when you look at special features on disc 3 dvd,DVD stops after each feature and you have to start DVD again to view next feature?

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    • Anonymous

      July 30th, 2020 - 1:28pm

      Mine was all right. Lots of whirring between the end of a extra and the return to the menu but it did play fine.

    • Khem

      August 2nd, 2020 - 9:59am

      Yes, Disc 3 is exactly as you describe. Each feature will play then stop. It’s extremely irritating! Tried to play it on my Computer after the DVD attempt & wouldn’t play any features at all! I’m sending it back for a new copy. But I fear that it’s obviously a Disc Production error if you have also had the same problem?

    • Robs bob

      August 2nd, 2020 - 12:59pm

      It gets better, took the disc back and…you guessed it same problem again

  • Coleman

    July 29th, 2020 - 10:35pm

    Bloody hell,
    I can see what some of the other guests where commenting about now, with that new 12 certificate standing out like a sore thumb with all the U and PG certificates.
    On What is basically a cartoon, not wanting to swear, but are they taking the Micky.

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    • Anonymous

      July 30th, 2020 - 10:47am

      It’s not the BBC!

    • Anonymous

      July 30th, 2020 - 1:32pm

      All DVDs or bluray now feature the new style ratings symbols. The classification board have changed the style and all companies by law must use the new version.

    • Gordon

      July 30th, 2020 - 1:58pm

      It’s the whicker’s world feature that earned it a 12. That’s even after being edited. There was some nudity that had to be cut or else it would have gotten a 15

  • Anonymous

    July 29th, 2020 - 6:30pm

    Ahh, I’d forgotten that John nathan-Turner had got the name of the first dalek episode wrong in the early years tape. The dead city, announced Peter davison with confidence!

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  • Bob

    July 28th, 2020 - 10:36pm

    Where exactly is ‘The Highlanders’ content that was listed? …

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    • Anonymous

      July 28th, 2020 - 10:48pm

      It was mistakenly listed on the press release for the power of the daleks special edition but it had been removed from the special edition because there wasnt enough space for all the special features so they decided to remove it

    • Anonymous

      July 28th, 2020 - 11:43pm

      It was announced at the time that the press release was incorrect.

    • Gordon

      July 29th, 2020 - 12:50am

      It was also just the audio. Charles Norton has said it will be used in another release

    • Anonymous

      July 29th, 2020 - 1:10am

      I’d be happy with a reconstructed audio Highlanders with an animated underwater menace

  • Simon P

    July 28th, 2020 - 8:14pm

    I am a little surpised they didn’t also re-work the colour version for this release too. Despite no one having seen these ans others like it since they were first on TV I personally prefer the Black and White but as this is a Special Edition, and therefore is asking people to part with more money, I thought they would have done colour too.

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    • Anonymous

      July 29th, 2020 - 12:43pm

      The project was never intended as colour.

    • GuyTheZygon

      July 30th, 2020 - 11:28pm

      And Yet, in one of the final scenes in Lesterson’s laboratorY (watch if You don’t believe me), in what is supposed to be onlY created in black-and-white, one of the Daleks’ eyestalk discs are – distinctlY – cobalt BLUE… just sit back and wait for them to cash in a third time with the Colour Special Edition Steelbook! 😀

    • Anonymous

      July 30th, 2020 - 11:57pm

      So just don’t buy it…

    • GuyTheZygon

      August 1st, 2020 - 12:36pm

      I almost definitelY will! but it’s still a valid observation…

    • Anonymous

      August 1st, 2020 - 1:35pm

      The black and white images were colour graded for shades the occasional flash of blue is not an indication that they are going to do a full colour version. They will do one if the number of people complaining about no colour version is high enough to warrant it. Personally I have no interest in seeing the hartnell/troughton era in colour. They were made in black and white and for me that’s the way they should be.

    • Gordon

      August 1st, 2020 - 7:02pm

      The problem is the colour animation was done by a Canadian company at the last minute separate from the original animation team and the original animation wasn’t made with colour in mind. The animators said if they knew that a colour version was happening there would be a lot of different design choices. Seeing as the animation for the 2020 Version has a lot of new material as well as a lot of the original animation if they were to do a new colour version they would have to start the whole lot from scratch which there wasn’t time or the budget to do so. Regarding the blue tint the original test which is on the disc shows a blue tint which maybe why there was a blue tint of ep 6. It’s certainly not a sign of there being a colour version existing

  • Anonymous

    July 28th, 2020 - 6:51pm

    Was going to watch the extras on disc three tonight only to realise they equal about four hours! Going to have to split them up and finish it tomorrow. The reconstruction is decent but think I’ll stick to the excellent new animation for this one.

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    • Philip Shaw

      July 28th, 2020 - 9:36pm

      Really enjoying the extras…well worth the re-issue.

    • Anonymous

      July 28th, 2020 - 10:14pm

      Watched about half of disc three now. Keeping the script to screen, Mike tucker, 2016 making of and dalek years for tomorrow now. Everything else was interesting but have to say how condescending was Alan wicker when he was interviewing people! Horror is bad was his vibe.

    • NickD

      July 29th, 2020 - 8:00am

      They’ve re-animated it?

      Why?

    • Anonymous

      July 29th, 2020 - 10:20am

      Do people not pay any attention to the press release or any comments made? The reasons for the new animation are stated plainly

  • Sambot22

    July 28th, 2020 - 2:54pm

    Has anybody who ordered from Zavvi received their copy yet?

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  • Gordon

    July 28th, 2020 - 2:50pm

    Regarding the change of cases from silver to clear I read on Twitter that it’s because they had to change their cases in advance of government requirements in regards to containing recycled plastic in their packaging.

    At least it’s for a good cause

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    • Anonymous

      July 28th, 2020 - 4:38pm

      Like a lot of little things it’s out of their control. Doesn’t bother me too much. I have several spare grey 3 disc boxes from buying cheap copies of war games for the boxes.

    • Anonymous

      August 1st, 2020 - 2:05pm

      110% approve of this if it’s the case – far too much single-use plastic being created currently.

  • Anonymous

    July 27th, 2020 - 10:01pm

    Watched the animation. Much improved on the original. Two short sequences edited out. The jig and the door handle. Jig is included as an Easter egg. Watched the extras on discs 1 and two. Decent stuff. The new colour photos are great. Who’d think hensell was dressed in bright blue! Reconstruction tomorrow and start on the many extras from disc three. So far well worth buying so ignore the complaining and enjoy it. Oh, by the way the rating logo is not the BBC’s doing. By law all DVD manufacturers will be using this new style which comes from the bbfc not the BBC or film companies. Besides it’s just a logo and some of the comments I’ve seen about are a bit overboard!

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  • Mrs Davros

    July 27th, 2020 - 7:53pm

    Great it came with a reverse cover to match with the collection…just a shame they felt the need to add ‘special edition’ to the spine! :-/

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  • sick of lockdown

    July 27th, 2020 - 3:52pm

    so glad i got this today for the extras alone especially daleks the early years

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    • Doctor Blu

      July 27th, 2020 - 7:49pm

      Got my copy today too. Posted earlier this evening, so I’ve only watched the opening animated episode on disc one, and most of the extra’s on disc three. The animation is hugely improved, especially the early Tardis scenes. Great to see Daleks: The Early Years on disc three. Here’s hoping Cybermen: The Early Years presented by Colin Baker is included on an animated release of ‘The Wheel in Space’.

    • Anonymous

      July 28th, 2020 - 6:54pm

      What were the dalek episodes on early years? Was it master plan 5 and 10 with evil 2? I can’t quite remember. I think cyberman one was moon base 2 & 4 and wheel 3 and 6. Be nice if they did put that on with wheel.

  • Prof Horner

    July 27th, 2020 - 1:32pm

    Any news on what the next animation is after Fury? I am expecting season 14 from Amazon tomorrow,so I will wait a little while for this.

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  • I Cotterill

    July 27th, 2020 - 11:40am

    I just read on the ‘Blogtor Who’ website that they’ve apparently cut the scene where the Doctor gets his recorder in the TARDIS. This kinda discourages me from getting the special edition. Since they’ve already animated the scene once for the original version, why should they now cut it out entirely, just cause it’s not as smoothly animated as the other redone scenes?

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    • Anonymous

      July 27th, 2020 - 2:12pm

      Well that’s annoying if true.

    • Anonymous

      July 27th, 2020 - 2:34pm

      They also redid the scene where he recovers from his regeneration, sits up and says “It’s over” before he laughs to himself. In the new animation, he’s just standing up with cloak on when in the original animation (just like the off-air 8mm footage), he is on his knees with cloak around him.

    • Gordon

      July 27th, 2020 - 2:47pm

      It’s a bit misleading to call it a scene. It’s 1 16 second shot of the doctor playing a recorder and doing a jig. To be pedantic it’s more like 11 seconds as the other 5 is dead air. No dialogue is lost. Having seen the scene the shots around it I can see why they cut it. It’s very awkward and unconvincing compared with the shots around It and would take the audience out of things 5 minutes in. The shot is still included as an Easter egg with an explanation as to why it was taken out so it’s still included on the disc plus it also gives you an added incentive to keep hold of the 2016 animation.

    • Anonymous

      July 27th, 2020 - 4:43pm

      Having seen it now it’s fine. It’s just a short section. And the new animation is excellent. I do have one question. Where’s the moment troughton breaks the door handle? Has that been removed as well? Or am I mixed up with a different story?

    • I Cotterill

      July 27th, 2020 - 5:50pm

      It may be a small section, but I do think it rather important in establishing the Second Doctor’s character at the beginning and I never had a problem with the way it was animated. I just can’t see why they could not have simply retained the original animation in the updated episode.

    • Gordon

      July 27th, 2020 - 6:46pm

      The background and lighting are drawn differently and the roundells look different. The characters aren’t quite in the same spot and Patrick’s trousers aren’t the same. Just using the same shot would be jarring continuity wise

    • Anonymous

      July 27th, 2020 - 7:10pm

      I don’t mind this little section being removed. It doesn’t really add anything and his playing of the recorder throughout the rest of the episodes sets that element up fine. The fact is as Gordon says it doesn’t now match the new animation and it was a bit naff. However I am keeping the 2016 version so I’ve still got it.

    • D84

      July 28th, 2020 - 12:03pm

      I really don’t mind. I adore the animations and hope to enjoy them for years to come. Anyway, if I want to experience the story more accurately, I would watch a reconstruction, or listen to the narrated TV soundtrack (both of which are completely uncut).

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    July 27th, 2020 - 7:38am

    I suppose if you don’t like the DVD cover for the ‘special edition’, you could swap it with the cover from the original ‘Power of the Daleks’ DVD release instead.

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    • Anonymous

      July 27th, 2020 - 9:51am

      I’ve already got a custom cover for it for the original release

    • Doctor Blu

      July 27th, 2020 - 10:31am

      I’ve got a custom cover too. It’s one of the Christopher Loftus Doctor Who DVD covers. His covers are absolutely fantastic. I even used his covers as replacements for ‘The Macra Terror’ and ‘The Faceless Ones’ awful cartoon covers.

    • Anonymous

      July 29th, 2020 - 1:21am

      I’ve got his as well. Macra and faceless are much better than the animated versions. I’ve got all of the missing episode stories in DVD cases so if/when they’ve replaced I’ll probably keep his covers as I love most of them.

  • Doctor Blu

    July 25th, 2020 - 11:20pm

    I think this ‘special edition’ release is probably worth it. If only for the telesnap/photo/clips reconstruction of ‘The Power of the Daleks’ from Derek Hadley.

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    • professorprune

      July 26th, 2020 - 9:31am

      I quite agree, sir. Derek’s recons are always first-rate and this updated Power one has been well worth the wait. The newly found snippets of footage are a further tantalising glimpse into the original production. Lovely improvements to the animated version too and the sight of Patrick Troughton as Robin Hood is sublime. All in all am really glad I double-dipped with this release…

    • Doctor Blu

      July 26th, 2020 - 9:58pm

      Hopefully my copy arrives in the post tomorrow. Amazon have dispatched today. So it’s due by 11.00pm tomorrow, but I hope it isn’t that late! It’s my day off work tomorrow, and I wouldn’t mind watching some of it.

  • Anonymous

    July 25th, 2020 - 8:20pm

    So I just found out that they changed the age rating logo for everything. I really have been isolated

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  • Anonymous

    July 25th, 2020 - 7:00pm

    I think my final compliant with this release is the new 12 logo. Since when did they change the logo for ratings. A lot of recent dvd and blu ray all use the same one as the past 20 years.

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    • Anonymous

      July 25th, 2020 - 7:52pm

      They do change them and it’s not the BBC that does it. It’s the classification board that does that and everyone has to use the new style.

  • RPG74

    July 24th, 2020 - 4:25pm

    Judging from the trailer, it looks very much the same, a case of adding more frames, rather than a virtual re-do. Certainly not worth £18 IMO, at least not to anyone who already owns the serial. I think I’ll stick with my 2016 Amazon Digital version for the time being. If ever I can buy this for under a tenner, I’ll certainly consider it.

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    • Alzie D

      July 25th, 2020 - 2:55am

      I’m very underwhelmed by the blu-ray. And there is no Highlanders. To be honest, I regret buying it and wish I’d just kept to the earlier version.

    • Gordon

      July 25th, 2020 - 10:54am

      Visually it looks similar but the art style isn’t where the improvements lie. Episode 1 especially is decidedly smoother and less clunky and more pacey. The characters move like people and feel far more natural. Lesterson’s facial improvements is much better conveyed too and Patrick facial expressions are far more interesting. To use a car comparison It’s the same engine but better parts to make it perform better. Finally the animators get to polish the animation to a standard they are finally happy with. Plus the new special features are all pretty good. Highlanders got pulled as there was no room for it and was accidentally left on the press release

    • RPG74

      July 25th, 2020 - 11:46am

      The extra features are a plus point, i’ll grant you. They are bare bones on the digital release. But again, given the limited improvements over the original version, I can’t see the justification in purchasing this immediately and paying full price for it. I notice that amazon currently have The Macra Terror blu ray on sale today, for £8.03. Obviously, it’s a 16 month old release, and that price will probably rise tomorrow, but the point is if you wait, then there are bargains to be had. Not that I advocate waiting almost a year and a half of course- even The Faceless Ones had £5 lobbed off the price, a mere two months after release. For that reason, I think i’ll wait until closer to Xmas before purchasing Fury (assuming it’s out before then!). And i’ll wait to see if Power 2 drops to under a tenner, before I even consider a double-dip purchase.
      Not that i’m stingy mind; it’s just the way I see it, every penny saved can be put towards any incoming SE boxsets I fancy!

    • Anonymous

      July 25th, 2020 - 1:04pm

      This is no different to a special edition of a story that exists. In those cases its minor picture improvements and new extras and this is exactly the same. New extras and improvements to the images. People just seem determined to complain. You don’t have to buy it. And Highlanders was never on it it was an error in the press release.

    • Anonymous

      July 25th, 2020 - 3:17pm

      But those special edition releases improved transfers from 1999-2003 back when everything was SD. This is re/release of an already good set from 2016 not wait wasn’t the dvd out in 2017. It’s been 3 and a half years. I mean granted blu ray is set to be dead in 2023. But at least you know make it the best version possible first time. What they should have done is had a version (good enough but not perfect) out on bbc store For the anniversary and then waited a few months for the dvd in order to get it perfect!.

    • Gordon

      July 25th, 2020 - 4:42pm

      The provision on commissioning the original power release was it had to be finished and complete by the 50th anniversary of the story and they only started work on it the end of March that year before getting official green light in may only giving them effectively under 6 months to do it. The dvd was out 21st November 2016. A little over 2 weeks after it’s bbc store release. It wasn’t possible to have them work after it because the bbc bosses wanted the dvd out for christmas.

    • Anonymous

      July 25th, 2020 - 6:59pm

      Yet they still managed to release a steel book of it in February. Which was meant to be the final definite version.

    • Gordon

      July 25th, 2020 - 7:44pm

      But there was no extra budget to do any extra work on it at the time. You got to realise the original power didn’t have anywhere near the budget the more recent animations did and after the likes of reign and ice warriors not selling well it was a massive risk . Plus it would be deeply unfair for those that forked out originally if they had done a ton of work after the Digital and dvd release to have out a Much better version just a couple of months later.

    • Anonymous

      July 25th, 2020 - 7:53pm

      Don’t use logic and common sense Gordon!

    • Owen

      July 26th, 2020 - 2:23am

      Am I the only one asking the important question why power like it’s easy I guess but why not underwater menace not full on complaining but I feel underwater deserved an se more than power but I understand why power got a se due to the rush the power team were under they didn’t have time to make a better release for the fans

    • Anonymous

      July 26th, 2020 - 10:41am

      You’d still get the same bitter complaints if it was underwater menace. People would be saying why this when it should be that. Some people are just never happy

    • Gordon

      July 26th, 2020 - 11:06am

      Underwater menace would need a far larger budget than the power se. All the assets would need to be created. Power on the other hand used the original animation as a starting point. Keeping what worked and reworking or binning what didn’t

    • Dalek Eye Stalk

      July 27th, 2020 - 8:38am

      Myself and I’m sure many others would welcome a re-release of ‘The Underwater Menace’. Just to have episodes 1 and 4 animated in black and white (and not the whole story animated), would be perfect.

  • Anonymous

    July 24th, 2020 - 11:32am

    just got the dvd and the case is clear not grey so thats annoying, also the slipcover is very tight
    but other than that can’t wait to watch

    Reply
    • Skaro

      July 24th, 2020 - 1:57pm

      I dislike the cartoon type covers anyway. So I already have a photo ‘Power of the Daleks’ DVD cover I bought on eBay. Plus it’s already in a silver case that can hold 3 discs. So I will just transfer the discs.

    • Erato

      July 24th, 2020 - 3:53pm

      On reflection, I am disappointed with the cover. It doesn’t strike me as though a lot of thought went into it.

    • Anonymous

      July 26th, 2020 - 9:47pm

      I’ve got loads of my classic series stories in clear cases. Some because the original box was broken some because I dislike the style of the two disc boxes used. To me it’s just a box and makes no difference.

  • Gordon

    July 24th, 2020 - 11:31am

    The dvd case is clear not silver. Not a deal breaker When I can swap my talons se out.. The more irritating thing is the new 12 certificate. Stands out like a sore thumb

    Reply
    • Anonymous

      July 24th, 2020 - 12:58pm

      Is the dvd cover reversible?

    • Gordon

      July 24th, 2020 - 2:45pm

      Yes it’s reversible

    • Doctor Blu

      July 24th, 2020 - 3:14pm

      Does the reverse cover have the 12 logo on the spine?

    • Gordon

      July 24th, 2020 - 3:31pm

      Yes it has the new 12 logo

    • Owen

      July 26th, 2020 - 2:26am

      Dose it have the old BBC logo

  • Anonymous

    July 24th, 2020 - 9:54am

    Has anyone’s Amazon prime order been sent yet?

    Reply
    • booboo

      July 24th, 2020 - 9:55am

      not mine

    • Anonymous

      July 24th, 2020 - 11:10am

      At least I know it’s not just me! Thanks boo boo

    • Timelord63

      July 24th, 2020 - 3:26pm

      Not had mine off Amazon. will probably receive it on release date.

    • Anonymous

      July 24th, 2020 - 4:36pm

      Worryingly it’s not even showing as being prepared for dispatch

    • MJS

      July 24th, 2020 - 5:40pm

      Mine arrived today from Amazon

    • Doctor Blu

      July 24th, 2020 - 5:43pm

      Also ordered mine from Amazon. Usually these things arrive on release date, or sometimes the day before. Never usually any sooner.

    • Alzie D

      July 24th, 2020 - 8:12pm

      My order from Zoom had arrived today. Seems more reliable than Amazon

    • Anonymous

      July 25th, 2020 - 1:06pm

      Still no indication of dispatch from Amazon prime. Good thing we don’t have to pay for it… oh, bug…r!

    • Jonathan Dolan

      July 25th, 2020 - 7:09pm

      Mine says my package has been sent out via royal mail. Unfortunately our service has been cut down since Covid to once a week. I doubt I’ll be getting it on Monday. I had hoped Amazon would have put it on the van on Sunday…no such luck.

    • Bobby Fackrell

      July 25th, 2020 - 8:29pm

      I always use Amazon and nearly always is delivered on the release date and dispatched the night before, the only exception I can think of is series 10 which came a day later

  • Alzie

    July 24th, 2020 - 1:46am

    I’m looking forward to the re-release, not sure I can see much of a difference in the trailer – and I know it sounds petty, but the Doctor’s trousers are so bland unlike in the actual programme. Anyway, there are some good extras.

    Reply

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