Some of the earliest episodes of Doctor Who were lost due to a lack of interest in conservatorship of the widely popular and how historic television program from the BBC. Of course, in the 1960’s, nobody could have foreseen how important the series would become. Film takes space to store, and without a clear idea of a show’s value, decisions are made based on what they do know. Of course, now we know better, but it was too late for the Patrick Troughton episodes making up the Power of the Daleks story line.
With nothing remaining of these lost episodes but their sound track, it was modern technology and an enterprising spirit that makes the new release of The Power of the Daleks possible.
The Power of the Daleks is the completely missing third serial of the fourth season in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from 5 November to 10 December 1966. It is the first full story to feature Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. Although audio recordings, still photographs, and clips of the story exist, no episodes of this serial are known to have survived. All six episodes were reconstructed using animation for release on 5 November 2016, 50 years after the serial’s original broadcast.
The Power of the Daleks is now available to buy, download and keep, exclusively from BBC Store (UK only). If you want to get your hands on it but you don’t live in the UK, and you want your own physical copy, though, you’re out of luck. The best the BBC is doing for those on the other side of the pond is to let us stream it from BBC America’s web site, or via the BBC America app.