BBC Worldwide has unveiled a new animated version of the long-lost story The Power of the Daleks which introduced the second incarnation of Doctor Who, Patrick Troughton.

Nearly 50 years after its first broadcast, The Power of the Daleks is being resurrected as a new animated production, using the original audio recordings, photographs and surviving film clips.

No complete film recordings of what was the third serial of the fourth season of Doctor Who are known to have survived, with the master negatives being destroyed in a BBC archive purge in 1974.

The new version is produced and directed by Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.

The six-part adventure covers the regeneration – or as it was then called ‘renewal’ – of the first Doctor (William Hartnell) into the second (Troughton), as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.


The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted, and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such an exciting project,” says Norton. “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.”

A DVD release is expected towards the end of the year, but a date is yet to be confirmed.