‘Power of the Daleks’ re-animation getting big-screen premiere

One of Doctor Who’s greatest lost chapters is getting a fully animated restoration for its 50th anniversary — and now there’s news that it will come to the big screen before it hits the small.

“Power of the Daleks” will be presented in theaters one night only at 7 p.m. local time Nov. 14; the animated, six-part series — based on the 1966 serial’s surviving film clips and soundtrack as well as production photographs — will air on television’s BBC America 8:25 p.m. Eastern Nov. 19. It is Patrick Troughton’s first outing as the ever-changing Time Lord; his Second Doctor would establish a tradition of “regeneration” that has led to 12 actors playing the role of the Doctor over five decades. Troughton is joined by companions Ben (Michael Craze) and Polly (Anneke Wills), who in the previous serial “The Tenth Planet” saw their mentor (William Hartnell) collapse from exhaustion after battling the Cybermen and begin to mysteriously change as he expired.

Many early Doctor Who serials are incomplete today because master negatives all too often weren’t saved in the days before home media became big business. Previous attempts at restoration have made use of limited stills and animation set against surviving audio to bring missing parts of serials back to a form of life, but “Power of the Daleks” is the most ambitions undertaking yet.

“It is a rare treat to be able to bring the lost episode, ‘Power of the Daleks,’ to life using modern animation techniques,” said BBC Worldwide North America’s Soumya Sriraman in a statement. “Doctor Who cinema events have been incredibly successful, and this is extraordinary opportunity to allow a new generation of fans the opportunity to experience this classic adventure for the first time.”

Tickets go on sale Friday from Fathom Events.

“We’re pleased to continue our long-standing and successful partnership with BBC America to bring more fantastic Doctor Who content to the big screen,” said Fathom’s vice president of programming, Kymberli Frueh. “The Whovians are always one of our biggest and most passionate groups of fans at the cinemas.”

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