The BBC has announced that The Power of the Daleks is to be released as an animated story.
The story was Patrick Troghton’s first as the Doctor and was broadcast as a six-part serial back in 1966. The BBC in their wisdom did away with their copies of the episodes in the 1970s and they are not known to survive. So for the last fifty years the story has only existed as an audio recording.
Well I’ve listened to the audio, read the script book and also read the novel version and it’s always been my most wanted Doctor Who story to be found.
Here’s the next best thing. All six episodes have been animated, something we have been told could never happen for budgetary reasons. The story will debut on the BBC Store service on 5 November 2016, exactly fifty years after the first broadcast. Then it will be out on DVD from 21 November.
Here’s the temporary DVD image from Amazon.
This is a nice bit of news to brighten up what has been a pretty crappy few months for me.