BBC Worldwide are promising lots of extra goodies for next week’s release of Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks. The brand new animated version of the celebrated lost story will be accompanied by extra material for the BBC Store and DVD releases.
The resurrected classic will be released on BBC Store exactly 50 years to the minute after it was first transmitted on BBC One at 5:50pm on Saturday 5th November, 1966. However, we have to wait until Monday 21st November for the DVD. It will be broadcast on BBC America on Saturday, November 19 at 8:25pm ET (no word on supplementary material).
The package will include commentaries and surviving footage, together with a documentary feature starring the original cast and crew. Other bonus features include artwork and original shooting script. There’s even a rare chance to hear the original Dalek recordings from the show.
It’s a pivotal moment in Doctor Who’s history but no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974.
Following the end of The Tenth Planet, the six half-hour episodes feature the first “renewal”, as William Hartnell’s First Doctor transforms into Patrick Troughton. Fellow travellers Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) are uncertain of the identity of this new figure until they encounter the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.
Animator Charles Norton said: “It’s been wonderful to have been able to track down so much rare and previously unreleased material and I hope that fans enjoy the excellent package we’ve been able to assemble.”
The Extras are:
Alternate soundtracks – DVD only
The option to listen to the story with a series of completely new digital re-masters of the original soundtrack – a stereo mix; a 5.1 surround sound mix and version of the original 1966 mono sound mix.
Animation Test Footage
A compilation of animation tests, created during the production of the new animated series.
Audio Commentaries on all 6 episodes – DVD only
Members of the original cast and crew are joined by members of the new animation unit to discuss the production of the story and its new animated reconstruction. Moderated by Toby Hadoke. Includes archive audio.
Booklet with Production Notes – DVD only
An extensively researched set of production notes, written by noted television historian Andrew Pixley, covering the behind the scenes story of the original production.
Original Camera Scripts – DVD only
Selected items of original production paperwork and a complete set of original camera scripts
Original Title Sequence - new restoration
An unedited presentation of the full original Doctor Who title sequence, prepared using an all new HD re-master of the original film elements.
The Power of the Daleks Animation and Photo Gallery
An extended gallery of images, featuring production photographs from the original 1966 series and artwork from the latest animated production, accompanied by incidental music from the story, which has been digitally re-mastered from the original music production tapes.
The Power of the Daleks Surviving Footage & Original Trailer – BBC Store/EST only
A compilation of short film fragments and clips from the original 1966 BBC television production - the only surviving footage to remain of the show’s original BBC1 run.
Original Dalek Voice Session Recording (1966) DVD only
Rare and previously unreleased sections from the studio recordings that were made at Maida Vale Studios in 1966 for the Dalek voices.
Servants and Masters - The Making of The Power of the Daleks
A specially prepared documentary directed by John Kelly and featuring interviews with members of the original 1966 cast and crew.
Around 400 individual still frames of film exist from the original 1966 television production of The Power of the Daleks. These images were kept in the programme’s production files by the BBC Written Archive Centre. These images are combined with the programme’s soundtrack to present a photographic reconstruction of the original programme.