How the BBC Is Resurrecting Destroyed Episodes of ‘Doctor Who’

Sep 7, 2016  •  Post A Comment

BBC America and BBC Worldwide have found an unusual way to bring back vintage episodes of “Doctor Who” whose master negatives were destroyed.

The broadcaster is creating a new animated series, “Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks,” based on the program’s original audio recordings, photos and film clips.

“The Power of the Daleks” will return exactly 50 years after the show’s original BBC broadcast. The original show featured the debut of Patrick Troughton as the Doctor.

“It’s one of the most celebrated Doctor Who adventures and yet no complete film recordings of ‘The Power of the Daleks’ are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974,” the BBC said in an announcement Tuesday.

“Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks” premieres Saturday, Nov. 12 on BBC America and will be available the following day to stream on the BBC America App and BBCAmerica.com.

“The six-part adventure features the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal,’ of first Doctor, William Hartnell into second Doctor, Patrick 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 announcement notes.

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

BBC America adds “Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks” to a fall slate of original programming that includes “David Beckham: For the Love of the Game,” due Sept. 20, a new season of “The Graham Norton Show” in October, the world premiere of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” on Oct. 22, “The Living and the Dead” on Oct. 27, “Undercover” on Nov. 17 and the “Doctor Who Christmas Special: in December.

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One Comment

  1. Wow, they really got their facts wrong. Doctor Who was shot on video. Film was only used when they shot on location, outside of the studio. The film was then telecined to video for editing. The final air master was 405 line video tape. For international sales, the video was kinescoped to 16mm film.

    It was the original video tapes that were first wiped so that the tape could be used again. Later, many of the 16mm prints were destroyed.

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