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July 23rd, 2020 292 comments

The Power Of The Daleks Special Edition DVD

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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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  • Gordon

    April 30th, 2020 - 2:01am

    Disc breakdown in doctor who magazine

    disc 1:

    commentary hosted by Toby hadoke. Featuring Anneke Wills, Derek Dodd, Michael E Bryant, Edward Kelsey, Alexandra tynan, David Hankinson, Nicholas Briggs, Robert Shearman, Martin Geraghty, Adrian Salmon and Charles norton.

    2016 bbc breakfast report

    2 trailers for the animation

    animation test footage

    extracts from the animation storyboard video

    bbc radio spots on the animation

    collection of character artwork, designs, storyboards and background paintings.

    Disc 2:

    telesnap reconstruction

    1993 power of the Daleks audiobook

    1966 tv trailer

    surviving footage compilation

    original title sequence film

    Dalek session recordings

    incidental music

    photogrammetry showing how the sets would have looked in 1966

    hd photo gallery including a number of never released full colour photos that have only been recently been rediscovered.

    disc 3:

    from script to screen: a new documentary on the tv story

    behind the scenes featurette with Mike tucker

    slaves and masters

    wickers world (it’s described as the full episode but that’s not quite correct) in hd

    Daleks- the early years

    Robin Hood: the abbot of saint Mary’s. Earliest surviving troughton footage

    bbc south today footage

    bbc wales footage

    blue peter extract

    2016 newsnight feature

    And finally PDF files of bbc paperwork relating to the 1966 production of the power of the Daleks.

    Nothing on the highlanders. Bit odd that they list everything bar that.

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2020 - 8:43am

      This special edition is worth it for the special features alone and it also has updated animation so its definitely worth it

  • Anonymous

    April 29th, 2020 - 10:44pm

    Right so I understand this includes just a Black and White version, is it updated and improved compared to the standard release or just the same as what was originally included? Thanks 🙂

    • Gordon

      April 29th, 2020 - 10:59pm

      Updated and improved. Extensively reworked. Good chunks from scratch.

  • EvilDalek79

    April 29th, 2020 - 3:50pm

    (Raw incidental music)


    • Philip Shaw

      May 3rd, 2020 - 9:31pm

      Because they are saving it for the special edition !!!

  • Anonymous

    April 29th, 2020 - 11:36am

    The Highlanders feature is just the soundtrack

    • Anonymous

      April 29th, 2020 - 4:33pm

      Where did see that?

    • Gordon

      April 30th, 2020 - 1:58am

      Curiously dwm listed a disc breakdown with all the extras over the 3 discs. Nothing was mentioned on the highlanders. Starting to think something might be going on.

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2020 - 2:17am

      Keep us informed Gordon!

  • Alvin

    April 29th, 2020 - 10:26am

    I own the previously released steelbook and I’m very excited about this Special Edition release, the extras look fantastic.

    I’m not too bothered that this release doesn’t include the colour version as I already have it on the steelbook.

  • Nick

    April 28th, 2020 - 10:57pm

    Brilliant – much better cover artwork, looking forward to the enhancements to the animation, plus the new extras, especially the 1993 BBC audio version of The Power of the Daleks narrated by Tom Baker. I hope the 1993 BBC audio version of Fury from the Deep narrated by Tom Baker is on the new Fury from the Deep animation release. Eagerly anticipating the Evil of the Daleks and Abominable Snowmen animations eventually!

    • Bobby Fackrell

      April 29th, 2020 - 7:54am

      Does anyone know if the 1993 audio with Tom is a complete or abridged version?

    • Gordon

      April 29th, 2020 - 10:46am

      Think it’s complete. Plus tom does all the linking narration as the 4th doctor

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2020 - 1:55am

      He does the same on fury so hopefully…

  • Jordan9364

    April 28th, 2020 - 8:22pm

    Hopefully it’s this new version that is included in the “The Collection” boxset for this Season

  • The Monitor

    April 28th, 2020 - 7:55pm

    Perfect, brilliant, only just watched old version for 2nd time. First viewing awesome, second less so. Fresh animation for such a poignant story is critical.

    However, I would rather pay a lot more and get the Power: Reimagined stage version too. That was brilliant. Cannot believe that is not here.

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 8:56pm

      It’s not a BBC production

  • Anonymous

    April 28th, 2020 - 6:03pm

    I have absolutely no insider information, but I would think that “The Highlanders” is probably just a cut-down recon. The animation team have said that animating it in full is possible, but there was too much tartan.

    But the thing to remember is that the team have said that it is possible. I’m just not sure that we are getting it right now.

    (Hope I’m wrong though!)

  • David B

    April 28th, 2020 - 5:50pm

    Are we going to have as many releases of Power of the Daleks as we did with Spearhead from Space. As a long standing Doctor Who fan who bought all the dvds, then again all the special editions, then some of the blu rays this is taking the proverbial. I’d prefer an animated web of fear to a re-release of power of the daleks even if they’ve improved the animation. Really can’t afford this. Might wait until they release all of these again in 4k UHD!!!

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 6:45pm

      Animating Web of Fear would be a waste of time

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 6:47pm

      So don’t buy it.

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 8:19pm

      Oh, I’d buy it, but it’d be a waste of time because the episode exists

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 8:57pm

      I’m talking about this one as David seems unhappy it’s been released for only the second time

    • Gordon

      April 28th, 2020 - 10:41pm

      It’s only had a digital release with dvd/steelbook. It’s a long way off from spearhead Levels. It’s not an either or option. Just because they did a power se it doesn’t mean that a web se is sacrificed. If they didn’t animate power it wouldn’t mean that web would get the animation treatment instead. They are unlikely to animate web while they believe there is a chance of web 3 turning up. It’s not like it’s the only thing that is being worked on. According to Patrick mulkern from the radio times another animation is also in the pipeline as he says on twitter: A fine addition in #PatrickTroughton’s centenary year, an updated Power to join The Faceless Ones, Fury from the Deep and a fourth favourite still TBA. (Not sure if that will be this year but it’s in the pipeline.)

      It would suggest to me this updated power is an additional animation alongside new animations

    • Anonymous

      April 29th, 2020 - 2:01am

      It sounds additional as it’s only two months away whereas fury still doesn’t have a date. In a way I’m hoping for a full reconstruction of Highlanders on this and I’m wavering more towards abominable for the next release.

    • Anonymous

      April 29th, 2020 - 2:34am

      Imagine if web had been announced. Think of all the complaining that would be going on!

  • Gordon

    April 28th, 2020 - 3:43pm

    Such a good package we are getting. A reworked animation, 2 new documentaries the tom Baker naration wickers world and whatever the highlanders is. I doubt it’s a trailer for an animation as the press release doesn’t say coming soon like the fury trailer on the faceless disc and it goes against what they have been doing with the past couple of releases with a press release and trailer and the dvd/blu ray being put up at the time of the announcement. Best hope a reconstruction of some sort. worst hope it’s just the lost in time clips.

    From Charles norton:

    The animation hasn’t just been tweaked. It’s been very extensively revised. Big ground up re-build. Huge job. Every shot has been re-composited. Many sections have been re-animated from scratch. In fact, the entire first third of episode 1 has essentially been redone completely anew. That part’s unrecognisable now. It’ll be a good quarter of an hour in before you’ll see any shots that are even close to how they used to look. It’s still limited animation of course, made with limited resources. However, it should be twenty times better than it was. It should feel like a new programme and will sit far more comfortably alongside the other Troughton animations we have done since. It’s essentially what we set out to do back in 2016, on the original rush-release, but were unable to complete in the time. We’ve gone in and fixed all the things (well, most of them) that have niggled us since 2016. It’s not a completely new animation – not a completely fresh-start – in that we’ve not scrapped all the original work. There’s still lots of the original in there, but it is still a massive revision.

    As for the special features, I’m not sure if it’s made clear in the press release, but the reconstruction is a completely new one, made by Derek Handley. Additionally, all the surviving footage has been newly restored. There’s a little bit more of it now too! Oh, and ‘Whicker’s World’ is from a new 2K scan of the original film negs.

    The US colourisation will not be on this release, no. It wasn’t really something that was ever originally intended to have a UK release and none of us on the team had any involvement in it. It’s probably best viewed in the same way as the colourised versions of films like ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Way Out West’. They’re out there for those wish to seek them out, but it’s not really representative of how the film-makers originally intended these things to be seen.

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 4:17pm

      It might be a 30 minute recon of The Highlanders, who knows?

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 4:27pm

      “all the surviving footage has been newly restored. There’s a little bit more of it now too”

      Interesting. Restoring the footage may have brought up a few extra frames?

    • Whorules

      April 28th, 2020 - 4:34pm

      Brilliant news. Will definitely buy it now. I suppose Highlanders could be a full reconstruction if plans to animate it have fallen through. It makes a sort of sense to put it on another story as I image there would be outcry if they tried to release it separately. Pure speculation though. Just have to wait and see. Oh, and thanks for the animation info Gordon. Much appreciated.

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 4:52pm

      I hope every story including Mission to the Unknown gets its own individual DVD release.

    • Lee D

      April 28th, 2020 - 5:04pm

      Can’t wait for this. Sounds great.

  • Peter

    April 28th, 2020 - 3:23pm

    Interesting that they didn’t reveal the reversible cover with the normal one.

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 3:34pm

      They didn’t officially reveal it for Macra or Faceless either

  • sauvix

    April 28th, 2020 - 2:17pm

    will this one have colour as well?

    • DS

      April 28th, 2020 - 2:50pm

      yes it has been confirmed

    • DanWFA

      April 28th, 2020 - 3:57pm

      No it’s not having colour. Just black and white.

    • DanWFA

      April 28th, 2020 - 3:58pm

      No just the black and white animation

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 6:49pm

      A proper colour version was never intended even for the original release (see Gordon’s comment above)

  • me

    April 28th, 2020 - 2:15pm

    i have been trying to get hold of daleks the early years for years so i will buy this for that alone hope they bring the other years tapes on dvd

  • The Ergon

    April 28th, 2020 - 2:03pm

    Those extras alone are more than an incentive to buy for me and just rounds things off nicely until the eventual Blu-ray season 4 boxset. This DVD will suffice and suits that part of my collection and is the reason not to buy the Blu-Ray version twice, no matter how long i need to wait for that.

  • Scott

    April 28th, 2020 - 1:57pm

    The Highlanders intrigues me most about this release. A trailer for upcoming animation/ discovery or a Telesnap reconstruction?

  • Anonymous

    April 28th, 2020 - 1:52pm

    That cover is so much better than the original release

  • Anonymous

    April 28th, 2020 - 1:45pm

    Just ordered the DVD from Zoom. Then realised I’ve ordered it without even looking at the quality of the new animation. Oh well, I’m sure it will be as good as the last two animations. Plus, it keeps the fire burning so we can enjoy more animations in the future.

  • MJS

    April 28th, 2020 - 1:37pm

    Is it just me, but I’m totally confused by this release? Surely the bulk of these features could’ve gone on a potential Evil of the Daleks release? Why the need to an unnecessary rerelease? Unless the animation has been completely redone?

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 4:53pm

      The animation has been extensively revised. I’m not sure if any of these features would’ve been relevant to Evil.

  • Anonymous

    April 28th, 2020 - 1:25pm

    Hadn’t planned on getting this but I think I will. I take the animation has been redone?

    • David

      April 28th, 2020 - 1:34pm

      I have read that it has been improved in places so I think so! For me personally I love bonus material all of this looks amazing. New animation is a bonus for me too, I’m intrigued by the Highlanders extra and the new documentaries!

  • Anonymous

    April 28th, 2020 - 1:20pm

    I hope the Highlanders thing means there’s an animation coming (me hopes)

  • James17

    April 28th, 2020 - 1:06pm

    Additional bonus material – the Highlanders.
    What does that mean? A recon? Or an announcement of the next animation?

  • Anonymous

    April 28th, 2020 - 1:01pm

    Hopefully they will include this animated story in The Collection Season 4 set

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 1:06pm

      The animations that are available at release will be included in the collection sets, it’s just not clear what versions they would include (given that the 60s seasons are already incredibly long so including several versions of these stories may be a bit too much, less of a problem with something like Season 26 where there’s only 14 episodes, but three versions of 40+ episodes may be too much for one set).

    • daz

      April 28th, 2020 - 1:34pm

      I’m happy if they just include the B&W versions in the Season sets if they have been animated with their Special Features.

      Keep the colour version exclusive for those who bought the original release.

      I’m not buying anything except for the Season Sets now as don’t have the budget for everything these days.

      Kind of hope that they have improved the animation as a test before they start work on Evil.

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 1:35pm

      I think they should just include the B/W versions with the Collection box sets.

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 2:21pm

      Do we know if these new special features will be on The Collection set?

  • Anonymous

    April 28th, 2020 - 12:58pm

    Interesting. Might wait a few months for a price drop.

    • Neil

      April 28th, 2020 - 1:33pm

      Wish they would release special editions of the stories with updated effects that are exclusive to the BluRay sets, notably Logopolis, Planet of the Daleks, Castrpvalva, Revenge of the Cybermen…

  • Anonymous

    April 28th, 2020 - 12:46pm

    Will there be a steel book release?

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2020 - 1:05pm

      Doesn’t look like it, but I hope so, that artwork is great

  • Ryan Stephen Kristopher Kearns

    April 28th, 2020 - 12:42pm

    Cool I wonder if the Highlanders is gonna be the next animation and I will get this one even though I got it back in 2016.

  • eog

    April 28th, 2020 - 12:36pm

    I will definitely get this, I didnt enjoy Power as much as i think I should have when i watched the 2016 version, it just seemed a little off complete so this is very welcome, plus this cover looks a lot nicer than the original! i think this style of art works well compared the slightly simpler covers for the animation! Cant wait

  • Duncan Parsons

    April 28th, 2020 - 12:31pm

    No colour version?

    • David Havers

      April 28th, 2020 - 12:33pm

      Yes the colour version will be part of the release

    • Duncan Parsons

      April 28th, 2020 - 12:38pm


  • Anonymous

    April 28th, 2020 - 12:30pm

    Ooooo go on then

  • Anonymous

    April 28th, 2020 - 12:25pm

    A surprise but a welcome surprise!


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