What does it take to destroy those metal maniacs, the Daleks? More than the penny-pinching of TV execs, apparently.
The BBC has announced that it has commissioned a new animation based on audio recordings of the 1966 Doctor Who adventure, The Power of the Daleks. The master negatives of the six-episode tale were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974. In addition to featuring the Daleks, the tale is significant because it was the first to star Patrick Troughton as the titular Time Lord. The adventure found the Doctor and his two companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) battling the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.
Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks premieres Nov. 12 on BBC America and will be available the following day to stream on the channel’s official website and app.
The new version of the story is produced and directed by Charles Norton, with character designs from comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.
“The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honored to be a part of such an exciting project,” said Norton in a statement. “Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, The Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”
You can see a preview of The Power of the Daleks above.