Patrick Troughton in 'Power of the Daleks'

Patrick Troughton in ‘Power of the Daleks’

Six long-lost episodes of Doctor Who are to be revived as cartoons – 50 years after they were aired.

BBC Worldwide has ­commissioned a company to animate the 1966 classic six-part story The Power of the Daleks, featuring the first ever Doctor Who regeneration sequence, the one where William Hartnell becomes Patrick Troughton.

This story is Patrick Troughton’s first outing as the Time Lord was it was only shown once in the UK and only sold overseas to Australia and New Zealand. The film prints of the black-and-white fourth series were shortsidedly junked from the BBC archives during the early 70s. Only a handful of short clips and cine film footage shot by a fan survive. At this point nobody knows for sure what the animation will look like, but here’s one of the few surviving sequences from that story. It’s fascinating to see that the Daleks really have changed very little since 1966.

All we really know about this is that the BBC have been pulling down videos showing animated versions of this seminal Dr. Who story arc, whether they created the videos themselves or not – and as usual with the BBC, we have almost no information about when it will be released, but we’re guessing it’ll be on Blu-Ray, and probably sometime in 2017.

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