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July 23rd, 2020 291 comments

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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291 comments

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    July 23rd, 2020 - 10:51pm

    I want this for the Daleks Early Years doc that was on the old vhs release.

    I’ll wait until it’s reduced in price i think in another few months.

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  • Gordon

    July 23rd, 2020 - 9:43pm

    I think it looks better. The improvements based on the trailer are mostly on the character movements and facial movements. The movements looks more natural and realistic and less jerky. Lesterson’s facial movements are especially an improvement. That was some of the biggest issues on the last release for me. The other big issue was the awkward pauses but it’s impossible to tell if it has been addressed in the trailer. They also changed Patrick Troughton tartan trousers (considering the issues with tartan in the past I’m cool with it)

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    • Gordon

      July 24th, 2020 - 1:26am

      I understand why people think that it looks the same when the visual style is pretty much the same but that’s not where the changes lie. It’s more the human characters and the awkward way they moved and their facial movement that was the problem with the original. Personally I don’t think the trailer really sold the changes. It showed some character moments which to me did look nicer but not enough to give people a proper look at the changes. The sets and daleks were already the highlights of the last version. I think once we see actual scenes rather than snippets and we can actually compare to what’s changed

  • Fledershrew

    July 23rd, 2020 - 2:22pm

    I think the Power of the Daleks is one of classic Doctor Who’s best stories and arguably one of the Dalek’s strongest stories too – clearly inspired by Nigel Kneale’s superlative “Quatermass and the Pit” story – the discovery of a mysterious capsule, the unlocking of that capsule to reveal its ancient dormant alien occupants inside…

    Pat Troughton is ‘finding’ the character (I find the Doctor’s recorder playing grated a bit) but what a story to kick off with… I thought the animation of the Daleks on the original animated version of POTD was superbly done, and really emphasised the Daleks’ cunning… I’m seriously considering buying this new version. I’m sure Anneke’s commentary will be interesting too!

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  • David Havers

    July 23rd, 2020 - 1:45pm

    I got my copy today. Looking forward to seeing this new version for the first time.

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  • Anonymous

    July 23rd, 2020 - 1:34pm

    Saw the trailer. Personally I saw no difference. Maybe the quick change of the TARDIS sign I don’t see how it looks smoother at all. Even if it was it’s That’s just a simple auto add frames of abobe something. The trailer could have perhaps showed us all the fixed stuff In between the new stuff. Like the fix in clothe continuity. I still have to buy it as a collector. I still think this should have been a blu Ray only and a companion to the original. I can’t wait till the even special edition with even more fixes!!!!.

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  • Anonymous

    July 23rd, 2020 - 1:10pm

    See people are complaining already about it. Personally I thought the animation looked so much better. Smoother and naturalistic. If you don’t want this just don’t buy it and leave others to enjoy it.

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    • Anonymous

      July 23rd, 2020 - 1:49pm

      I genuinely can’t see the difference. Preordered in September, I thought the animation was going to be more like Macra or Faceless Ones.

  • Peter Knapp

    July 23rd, 2020 - 12:45pm

    Will there be a release in the USA?

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  • Mark Belsom

    July 23rd, 2020 - 12:25pm

    Trailer has just been released, looks the same to me???

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    • Anonymous

      July 23rd, 2020 - 12:34pm

      That’s what I thought

  • Skaro

    July 8th, 2020 - 3:59pm

    Still no trailer yet?

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    • Gordon

      July 8th, 2020 - 5:14pm

      There definitely is 1 coming.

    • Skaro

      July 12th, 2020 - 9:14pm

      Surprised there still isn’t a trailer yet. As it’s due out very soon! I would have expected something by now Charles Norton.

    • Skaro

      July 19th, 2020 - 9:23am

      Only a week until official release, and still no trailer. I guess we won’t see one now. Seems little point so close to release date.

    • Gordon

      July 19th, 2020 - 9:59am

      With the season sets they normally reveal a trailer of that season the week before. I expect it will be the case here. We should get it in the next few days

    • SamWho

      July 19th, 2020 - 10:50am

      Surely waiting & putting a trailer on release date makes sense because then people can buy it

    • Gordon

      July 23rd, 2020 - 11:49am

      It’s happening later today

    • Bobby Fackrell

      July 23rd, 2020 - 12:18pm

      It’s up!

      Looks great

    • Skaro

      July 23rd, 2020 - 10:13pm

      Looks the same to me? Not a major reworking of the original animation. Not a vast improvement.

  • Robert Barker

    June 9th, 2020 - 5:25pm

    I gather fury from the deep has been punched back till after this?

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    • Gordon

      June 9th, 2020 - 5:39pm

      14th September according to the zavvi steelbook listing which was round about the time I was expecting it.

    • Whorules

      June 10th, 2020 - 6:56pm

      Fury was always going to out after this. I’m expecting a November release for it.

    • Doctor Blu

      June 10th, 2020 - 9:40pm

      Yes, bound to be pushed back to late October- mid November.

  • Gordon

    June 5th, 2020 - 6:57pm

    Pushed back to 27th july

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    • Bobby Fackrell

      June 5th, 2020 - 7:26pm

      We will get our power
      We will get our power
      We will get our power

    • skaroman

      June 10th, 2020 - 2:38pm

      Makes sense. The team really want to get this right miles beyond what the original release did. I’d happily give them all the time in the world to make this perfect (I mean the episodes are pretty much going to be missing forever so it’s not like there’s a deadline).
      Patience got us Macra and Faceless which are amazing in terms of their animation and I can’t wait to see the improvements with Power.

    • Doctor Blu

      June 10th, 2020 - 9:43pm

      The animation is already completed for ‘Power of the Daleks’. Has been for some time now. Rarely these days does the initial release date mean the actual release date.

  • sick of lockdown

    May 28th, 2020 - 11:20am

    anybody else he heard the rumour that thay are bringing out a director s cut of the paul mcgann move

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    • Gordon

      June 1st, 2020 - 2:13am

      Unlikely if I’m honest. The cost of finding and getting access to the original film reels and new scans to do a new cut would be extremely expensive and that’s before you take into account all the effects would all need to be redone as they were originally done on videotape. And that is if the original film reels still exist. There was a fire in universal’s vault and it’s possible that the TV movie may have been a casualty. Plus I don’t there is enough non used material to do a worthwhile directors cut anyway. The dvd only included about a minute of alternative cuts. It would be a similar job as the recent st: next gen remasters and that was $70 grand for a 40 odd minute episode and that didn’t need the additional cost of being tracked down

  • Anonymous

    May 18th, 2020 - 3:30pm

    Will this have a reversible cover?

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    • booboo

      May 18th, 2020 - 3:49pm

      it should be we don’t tend to know until it arrives they never seem to say officially.

  • Bobby Fackrell

    May 12th, 2020 - 5:39pm

    I tried

    Hi Bobby,

    Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with the team.

    We always enjoy hearing from fans of the Doctor Who Series, and we appreciate your continued enthusiasm for these special edition releases.

    I can confirm there are unfortunately no plans at this time for a Steelbook edition of the upcoming Power of the Daleks release.

    However, we do hope that you enjoy the new release once this does become available

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    • Tim M

      May 14th, 2020 - 6:15pm

      That’s fine. I will just take the Blu-ray and DVD discs out of the ‘original’ Power of the Daleks steelbook. And put the ‘special edition’ Blu-ray discs inside instead. Problem solved.

    • Tim M

      May 14th, 2020 - 8:38pm

      I re-watched the ‘Loose Cannon’ version of ‘Evil of the Daleks’ today. Comparing ‘Evil’ with ‘Power’, I’d have to say ‘Power of the Daleks’ still stands as the best of the two Troughton/Dalek stories in my opinion. ‘Evil of the Daleks’ is good, but would definitely had worked better as a five parter. The first two episodes, and the last two are fantastic. But the middle three are quite slow and drawn out. Overall ‘Evil’ is a decent 8/10. ‘Power of the Daleks’ is a perfect 10/10, and David Whitaker’s best script for Doctor Who. But I appreciate Dennis Spooner’s involvement also makes ‘Power’ the success that it is.

    • Anonymous

      May 15th, 2020 - 12:35pm

      I find if I listen to evil my mind starts drifting in ep 7. I do think it’s a great story but it could have been condensed to a much tighter 6 parter. I feel the same with the John peel novels as well. Power is a good read but evil has a bit too much waffle, mainly to fill out the word count! If they announce evil tomorrow I’d snap it up though. It’s a story that I think would benefit from being visual

  • skaroman

    May 12th, 2020 - 11:41am

    Shame about the Highlanders, but understandable.
    I know they’ve said that tartan is difficult to do regarding animation, but I recently watched a Netflix animated series called Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts; it features a large group of characters who wear tartan shirts and trousers.
    What they’ve done is keep the tartan pattern static (i.e. not moving) but animate the clothing material around it (as one would normally would). You can see how they’ve done it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SmSXxVPDT0
    Would this be easier to do regarding a Highlanders animation?

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    • Anonymous

      May 13th, 2020 - 1:25pm

      Tbh, I’m not sure they even need to do the tartan so much. They’ve removed the patterns from the Doctor’s trousers and Jamie’s kilt, so why not with the other characters?

    • MJS

      May 13th, 2020 - 3:18pm

      As sacrilegious as it sounds, I’d sacrifice the tartan for plain to get the story animated!!

    • Anonymous

      May 13th, 2020 - 3:30pm

      Wouldn’t bother me either. As long as everything else is reasonably accurate the costumes can be simplified as far as I’m concerned

    • Ogronic

      July 23rd, 2020 - 6:10pm

      After Culloden, when The Highlanders is set, wearing Tartan was banned by the English as part of their attempt to crush scottish culture. I think that the story can be made without it, and it was just a kind way of saying that they don’t want to ainmate historical stories.

  • Anonymous

    May 4th, 2020 - 8:15pm

    The whole BBC cashing in thing is so odd to me. Surely that is the point of merchandise? To make money from a product that people want, and there are lots of people who are very happy about this DVD release, generates money for the BBC. As it does for any company. Universal, fox, Disney, continue the list yourself but the whole point of merchandise is to “cash in” on a subject people like. If you are so angry then just don’t buy it. But please allow those who are excited by this to enjoy it.

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    • Bobby Fackrell

      May 8th, 2020 - 2:09pm

      I agree entirely and these DVDs and blu rays are made by people who love the show. How many other BBC classics get this restoration treatment, care and passion?
      Look at Only Fools and Horses, video straight to DVD transfer, no special features no effort to improve picture and sound and many of them edited down as well and shorter than the transmitted versions

      We Whovians are so unbelievably lucky to have a team of dedicated professionals who produce these with so much love and people still moan. No one is forcing anyone to buy this, I didn’t see it coming especially given the current situation and I can’t wait personally – It’s Troughton and its a classic!

    • Anonymous

      May 9th, 2020 - 2:09pm

      I don’t think people appreciate how much is being spent on these DVDs. Restoration of the original episodes, both picture and sound, animation, documentary material it all costs money. As fans we should realise how lucky we are

  • bob hellier

    May 3rd, 2020 - 10:04pm

    i hope mission to the unknown made by Lancaster students may be available on dvd it is a brilliantly made episode i only have the original on cd

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    • Anonymous

      May 5th, 2020 - 9:43pm

      As long as Mission to the Unknown has it’s own individual DVD release(it’s an individual story) I’ll be happy.

  • bob hellier

    May 3rd, 2020 - 9:56pm

    i wonder if mission to the unknown recreated by Lancaster students will be released on dvd sometime it was a brilliantly made episode

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    • James

      May 5th, 2020 - 11:14am

      They would surely add this into the season 3 box set.

    • Anonymous

      May 5th, 2020 - 11:34am

      If they ever do masterplan I’d hope it would be on that but we’d have to wait and see. I’d be happy if it was released on it’s own by the beeb with the original episode either as an audio or animated.

  • Theodore

    May 3rd, 2020 - 7:15pm

    Right, I’m really confused by this release. What is being changed from the 2016 release, and what is remaining the same? Thanks everyone

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    • Gordon

      May 3rd, 2020 - 7:35pm

      The animation has been very heavily reworked. Good chunks have been started by scratch. Episode 1 is said to be almost unrecognisable. Have a listen to the interview with Charles norton which is further down in the comments section. He goes into good detail

  • bob hellier

    May 3rd, 2020 - 4:52pm

    please release evil of the daleks on dvd animated as i like that one too

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    • Gordon

      May 3rd, 2020 - 6:09pm

      It has Daleks which sells and is a well regarded story. Only has about 10 characters too so it stands an excellent chance. Only thing that stands against it is that it’s 7 episodes and there is quite a number of sets. Think it might be the next unannounced animation as evil follows on from the faceless ones

  • Anonymous

    May 3rd, 2020 - 12:58pm

    Charles Norton interviewed by Toby Hadoke

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1olgsZ7Cuc4

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    • Tim M

      May 3rd, 2020 - 9:30pm

      Interesting that Charles Norton says ‘The Highlanders’ soundtrack could be on a future release as a bonus feature. The only story I feel would be appropriate to include ‘The Highlanders’ soundtrack, would be ‘The Underwater Menace’ . As that story directly follows ‘The Highlanders’. So I reckon the chances of ‘The Underwater Menace’ special edition DVD being released is quite likely in future.

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2020 - 9:34am

      I don’t think it really matters which story it’s with. The main thing is we get it. But it does sound as if a Highlanders animation isn’t going to happen. Personally I’d be quite happy if they did underwater menace and included Highlanders.

    • Tim M

      May 4th, 2020 - 11:03am

      Well, if they felt ‘The Power of the Daleks’ needed improvement, then ‘The Underwater Menace’ certainly does! I really would like to see an animated version of ‘The Underwater Menace’. I think the story would be improved as a cartoon.

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2020 - 2:03pm

      Some would argue that it already was! To be honest I enjoy underwater. Yes it’s daft and some of the acting is a little… exuberant shall we say and boy does that fish people sequence go on too long but it’s also quite good fun. Troughton and his team tardis are great and animation would really improve the overall story (mainly because you’d know what was happening!) But I’d also be happy for it to be an extra release like power. Just animate 1 and 4 in black and white. If you watch the moonbase the team who did that animation did Ben, polly and Jamie in their underwater outfits so nick their designs!

  • Anonymous

    May 3rd, 2020 - 12:34pm

    i would have liked the full version of daleks the early years i know the episodes are available elsewhere but i suppose i am being picky but i am still looking forward to getting it

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    • Anonymous

      May 3rd, 2020 - 12:40pm

      They said there isnt enough space on the DVDs for the full version

  • Anonymous

    May 3rd, 2020 - 2:05am

    One of the two documentary features depicts an analysis of how the conveyor belt sequence was created and Mike Tucker recreating it using a 1960s film camera. The other is The Power of the Daleks: Script to Screen which is proving difficult to make due to the current circumstances.

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  • Gordon

    May 2nd, 2020 - 8:57pm

    https://youtu.be/1olgsZ7Cuc4

    Interview with Charles norton and Toby hadoke discussing the new power release

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    • daz

      May 3rd, 2020 - 10:06am

      Thanks for sharing Gordon.

      Really enjoyed that.

  • Tim M

    May 2nd, 2020 - 10:10am

    The only areas of the animation that needs improving is the human characters, and some of their movement. I don’t think any of the Dalek footage needs any improvement.

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    • Anonymous

      May 2nd, 2020 - 2:03pm

      The daleks were dine really well it is just the human movement that needs looked at. The impression I get is that its those elements that are being redone

    • Anonymous

      May 3rd, 2020 - 4:09am

      I haven’t finished the video yet, but here’s an interview about the release. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1olgsZ7Cuc4

  • Anonymous

    May 1st, 2020 - 11:12am

    A review on Amazon is very excited about this power/Highlanders boxset. Several people have pointed out the reviewers error.

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  • SIMONHANLON77

    April 30th, 2020 - 7:15pm

    NOT REALY INTERESTED IN THIS ONE…SEEMS A BIT POINTLESS RE-DOING THIS STORY AS IT HAS ALREADY BEEN ANIMATED…I’D RATHER OF HAD THE WEB OF OF FEAR EP3 OR THE UNDERWATER MENACE EPS 1 & 4 ANIMATED.

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    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2020 - 7:20pm

      The Web of Fear Episode 3 would actually be pointless because the episode exists. Also, they’re not reanimating it, strictly.

    • simonhanlon77

      April 30th, 2020 - 7:50pm

      it was allegedly with the other eps…but was supposedly stolen. i did read a few months back that they where really close to ‘recovering it’ but have still not found it…and if they they were that close to recovering it i think they would have got it back by now don’t you think.

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2020 - 8:05pm

      But they have found it in the hands of a private collector, and they haven’t got it back yet because they’re trying to get on good terms with the collector before opening negotiations.

    • Gordon

      April 30th, 2020 - 8:40pm

      But you wouldn’t have gotten web 3 or underwater menace instead. It’s not an either or situation. Both of those would have have to have been started from scratch and would need far more time and money thrown at it. They have taken the original as a basis and reworked what didn’t work with the original and people weren’t happy with as it was an extremely rushed production riddled with errors that none of the animators were pleased with the final result. It’s the original team of animators most of which no longer work on the current animations any more so it’s not taking away time from other animations. Anne-Marie Walsh Who did the faceless ones is free to work on something else while Charles norton works on this. The aim is to do 2 full length animations a year. We are getting faceless ones and fury from the deep this year so this is clearly an addition to the 2 animations that we are already getting. According to Patrick mulkern of the radio times another animation is in the pipeline so other things are in the works

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2020 - 9:07pm

      Couldn’t have said it any better. People need to realise this release makes no difference to production on other animations.

    • Tim M

      May 1st, 2020 - 7:16am

      Maybe there is more of a chance now that ‘The Underwater Menace’ could get a ‘special edition’ release at some point. To be honest, I’d be absolutely fine if they just animated missing parts 1 and 4 in black white, alongside the existing episodes 2 and 3. Also included could be alternate versions of missing episodes 1 and 4, with a decent tele-snap, photo reconstruction this time done by Derek Handley. A vast improvement on it’s dire original DVD release.

    • Anonymous

      May 1st, 2020 - 9:52am

      I’d be happy with that Tim. No need for a full animation of either menace or web but a special edition with just the missing episodes animated would be brilliant

    • Anonymous

      May 1st, 2020 - 2:19pm

      Again, I can’t see them animating The Web of Fear Episode 3 because it exists and they know exactly where it is.

    • Anonymous

      May 1st, 2020 - 3:38pm

      Knowing where it is and ever actually getting it are two very different things

    • Anonymous

      May 2nd, 2020 - 3:19am

      It’s strange to see how much people are expecting never to see it again

    • Anonymous

      May 2nd, 2020 - 9:03am

      It would be stupid and a waste of money to animate web of fear episode 3 if there is a chance it could turn up and we do have many other missing episodes that are less likely to be found that needs animating first. It will probably take years till web of fear 3 turns up but it will be worth the wait

    • Gordon

      May 2nd, 2020 - 9:54am

      I can see them waiting for now but The bbc won’t wait forever though. It’s 7 years and counting since someone ran off with it. How much longer do they realistically wait for it? I think if it’s not turned up by the time wheel and snowmen are knocked off the animation list in a couple of years they may just animate web 3 as it completes season 5.

    • Anonymous

      May 2nd, 2020 - 10:59am

      Exactly Gordon, there is only so long they can wait. Besides it depends as well on the person who has it. They may be demanding an unreasonable amount of money. It may turn out to be cheaper to animate rather than give in to an extortionate price.

    • Anonymous

      May 3rd, 2020 - 4:09pm

      I personally think the money’s better spent on getting the episode back

    • Gordon

      May 3rd, 2020 - 5:20pm

      Which may never happen. It’s been 7 plus years since it was stolen and we don’t seem to be any closer to getting it than we did in 2013. All we’ve had is mentions of wind directions and teases of being 70-80 percent close to finding it and how we will have it soon. If so where is it?

    • Anonymous

      May 3rd, 2020 - 7:45pm

      We all know what will happen: The BBC will just animate the missing episode & release it with some new special features. When the original episode turn’s up they will just re-issue it again. It just mean’s the BBC will have 3 bite’s of the cherry instead. The first issue had the missing episodes & a re-con & nothing else. The second issue will have the missing episode animated with special features, so to have a completed story. The third issue will have the full completed story with the same special features & animated episode & maybe some new material.

    • Anonymous

      May 3rd, 2020 - 8:59pm

      So just don’t buy it anonymous. There is no guarantee that the original will ever be returned. So don’t presume it will be

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2020 - 9:22am

      The presumption is yours & yours alone

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2020 - 11:25am

      Animations cost money, its in the BBC’s interest not to bother. If they do a special edition just throw in telesnaps and don’t bother with the animation. If Season 5 comes out, just do the same thing. Why clog up your production line when there’s other options available?

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2020 - 1:14pm

      Which anonymous is anonymous?

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2020 - 2:06pm

      Anonymous is anonymous, anonymous. Hope that clears it for you anonymous.

    • Gordon

      May 4th, 2020 - 2:57pm

      It’s only 1 episode though. It wouldn’t be that expensive to do when compared with the full blown animations And considering how popular the recent animations they would almost certainly get a return on it. Looking at the required assets it Probably Would only take 4-8 weeks to do. Wouldn’t be taking that much time away from the production line. With the aim to do an animation by each team a year. there is nothing to say they can’t do a story that takes 8-9 months and also do web 3 that could take 2 months to do. That wouldn’t effect the production schedule

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2020 - 3:55pm

      Personally Gordon I’d be very happy with both and underwater menace se and a web of fear se. As you say it’s not much to do, just three episodes between them and it would “complete” two more stories. If they did web as a se with just the reconstruction of episode 3 I probably wouldn’t bother with, even though it’s one of my favourite stories but if they did an animated eps 3 se I’d snap it up. Yes the episode exists but there really is no guarantee the BBC will ever be able to retrieve it if it’s in the hands of a collector or just in the hands of someone after big money.

    • Tim M

      May 10th, 2020 - 8:44pm

      I find the tele-snap, photograph reconstruction of episode 3 of ‘The Web of Fear’ adequate enough. Sure, it’s not the proper actual episode, but of all the episodes of that story, (apart from featuring Lethbridge-Stewart’s introduction), I regard it to be the weakest instalment. The episode mainly features Jamie and Evans constantly walking around the underground tunnels, and the other characters (ironically) watching a slide show, like we are!

  • Tim M

    April 30th, 2020 - 1:58pm

    I’m surprised and extremely happy by the announcement of this ‘special edition’ release of ‘The Power of the Daleks’. It’s a classic. And whilst the original animation wasn’t bad, the human characters were a bit hit and miss. Some scenes drawn better than others. But it was forgivable, due to the short amount of time to get the story out in time for it’s 50th anniversary. But if this ‘special edition’ is anything like ‘The Macra Terror’ or ‘The Faceless Ones’ animations, then it is sure to be a treat.

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    • Robbie

      May 2nd, 2020 - 1:02am

      yeah. 50 years is quite an aggressive schedule.

    • Anonymous

      May 2nd, 2020 - 11:02am

      Sigh, the decision to animate was made late in the day.

  • Anonymous

    April 30th, 2020 - 11:27am

    can t wait to see daleks the early years on dvd have not seen it for years since the vhs player packed up

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  • Anonymous

    April 30th, 2020 - 10:21am

    Derek Handley said that The Highlanders soundtrack was removed due to lack of space on the disc. It was accidentally listed on the press release.

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    • Gordon

      April 30th, 2020 - 10:35am

      That makes sense. The discs look pretty full

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2020 - 11:55am

      Disappointing but there’s plenty to keep us happy I think

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2020 - 12:04pm

      The Highlanders will eventually be released on it’s own DVD anyway (hopefully), so there shouldn’t be anything to worry about.

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2020 - 1:39pm

      Have to say if one of the animation problems is tartan then personally I wouldn’t be bothered if they simplified the outfits.

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2020 - 2:06pm

      As they’ve said, it isn’t going to stop them if they get the money to do it. It just means that there are other stories which are more appealing to them.

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2020 - 3:10pm

      However what serials they do are ultimately down to the BBC. So The Highlanders would probably be done if the BBC commissioned it.

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