Power of the Daleks ANIMATED!

Yesterday a video appeared on YouTube which then quickly vanished, blocked by BBC Worldwide on copyright grounds… it was a two minute clip of scenes from Power of the Daleks which had been animated to a very professional standard. I managed to grab the video before it vanished and it looks fantastic! Check out these screengrabs!

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Given that the Beeb have blocked the video, is this a leak from an upcoming DVD release? Are the Beeb really going to put out Power of the Daleks on DVD with all six episodes fully animated? It certainly looks like it, which begs the question of why did The Underwater Menace get the Loose Cannon treatment instead?

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Power of the Daleks in 1966, so perhaps a DVD is on its way? Given the troubled history of Dr Who animation to date, you would imagine that the Daleks would be the obvious one to start with if you’re going to invest the time and money for full motion animation since its a release that will appeal to a wider audience than the fans. The animation is much better than that Planet 55 pseudo-magna shite and is about as close to Cosgrove Hall’s work on The Invasion as we’re likely to get. The Daleks are 3D models animated in a 2D landscape and look brilliant. Here’s hoping this isn’t just another leaked animation test but a promise of more to come.

But before we all get carried away into omnirumour territory, thinking that this means every missing story will be animated, let’s remember that we’ve been here before. But it certainly looks like the Beeb are involved with this so let’s just stay mildly excited instead of going for the full squee!

It’s in widescreen 16:9 compared to the 4:3 of the original and is coloured blue but it certainly seems to be the most faithful recreation of a missing episode yet. Perhaps the best thing about this video is that for once someone seems to have taken the time to make sure the animation matches the existing footage and telesnaps something that hasn’t always been the case, like on The Reign of Terror. If you’re going to go to all the trouble of animating a missing episode then you should at least make the effort to make sure it looks like the version that’s missing. It seems at last somebody has:

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Is it just me, or do Lesterson and the Doctor look like the work of Mike Collins, the current Dr Who storyboarder and DWM artist? And of course, if they’ve gone to all the trouble of creating the Dalek models for this, if indeed this is an upcoming BBC DVD leak, then you would imagine that there’s a good chance we’d get Evil of the Daleks as well…

The most likely release date for a DVD would be October 30th as that’s the closest Monday prior to the anniversary of the original transmission of part one on November 5th 1966, which this year falls on a Sunday. I can’t see the Beeb putting out the DVD, if there is one, the day after the 50th anniversary of part one!

We could possibly, hopefully, maybe be only 10 weeks away from what would be the most anticipated release since The Web of Fear

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Return of the Doctor: a mini-telecomic

Having done Dawn of the Doctor, my headcanon version of what happened in the first moments of the John Hurt Doctor after the end of Night of The Doctor, the next obvious mini-telecomic to do was my headcanon version of what happened immediately we saw the John Hurt Doctor start to regenerate at the end of Day of the Doctor!

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The completed regeneration we never saw on telly! The TARDIS starts off in the Hurt Doctor’s timestream and ends in Dr Eccles’…

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One of the many unanswered questions about The Day of the Doctor is what happened to The Moment? In my headcanon, after the three Doctors work out how to save Gallifrey in the barn, Hurt gets Ten-Inch or Smiffy to drop him off at his TARDIS which is, according to Billie, miles away.  Having nicked The Moment he’s hardly likely to leave it behind on Gallifrey, is he? So I reckon Dr Hurt took it with him in his TARDIS…

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The General said that the problem with using The Moment is that it could stand in judgement on you, so that’s exactly what she does with the Doctor…

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It’s interesting that there are echoes of the War Doctor in the Eccleston Doctor. They both wear leather jackets and have similar TARDIS consoles. In my headcanon, The Moment is responsible for that, as a way of reminding the Doctor of how close he came to not being the Doctor. And of course, The Moment is still somewhere on board the TARDIS…

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Dawn of the Doctor, a mini-telecomic

history of the time war
PREVIOUSLY: The Night of The Doctor.

 

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Set at the end of The Night of the Doctor, in this version we get to see the regeneration. On telly Paul McGann drops out of sight, but in this version he falls against that stone slab he was propped up against earlier and changes into John Hurt! I also made up a mock title sequence for along the top of the page, adapted from the NotD intro.

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Given the Hurt Doctor’s reluctance to even be called “the Doctor” anymore, it seemed only right that it should be the first words he says in this version. As you would expect, all the shots of John Hurt in this are from the BBC’s 1979 production of Crime And Punishment.

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In this version he doesn’t put the bandolier thingy on, as adding it to every shot of him would have been a nightmare. It was hard enough putting Hurt’s head on McGann’s body…

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And then it’s off to Gallifrey, where Cardinal Servalan Olistra and a younger looking  Rassilon from The Living Daylights are waiting!

Having younger versions of Jacqueline Pearce and Timothy Dalton in the mix was too good an opportunity to pass on. Think of The Time War as the ultimate Doctor Who meets Alien meets Blake’s Seven meets James Bond crossover!

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Peter Capaldi-Cushing

Anybody else notice the resemblance?

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BLOOPERS! – The Space Pirates

Over at Whoflix, we’ve just uploaded our latest fan edit of episode 2, so here we look at the surprisingly low number of bloopers in the episode…

We can forgive them for thinking that they would still have cathode ray tube tv’s in the future [maybe retro is back in vogue then] but why does the telly have a hood on the screen? And why did nobody think to write LIZ79 on the side of the LIZ79?
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We all know the urban myths of wobbly sets and the like but yes, those really are egg boxes!
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Just above Clancy’s head as he enters, you can see a boom mic shadow…
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There’s those egg boxes again!
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Looks like that boom mic shadow has followed Clancy from his ship to Hermack’s!
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Here’s an interesting continuity error. If you look at the model shot of Warne’s ship as it sets off after Clancy, the nose of the model moves from shot one to shot two!
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And finally, here’s Hermack being given some invisible wine!
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BLOOPERS! – Underworld

Over at Whoflix, we’ve just uploaded our latest Fan Edit, the dodgy CSO-fest that is Dr Who In Some Caves. So what better time to have a look at the bloopers in the story, although in some ways the production itself is the biggest blooper of the lot!

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Even though the CSO screen for the story is blue, for some reason they put a green background in some shots instead of the space whirlpool, like this one..underworld blooper 2

Only to put the space whirlpool in others, like this one!underworld blooper 2.1

Looks like amongst all the other gifts the Time Lords gave the Minions was the gift of Blu-tack to help keep their microphones in place…underworld blooper 3

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There’s that green background again! Where has the space whirlpool gone?underworld blooper 5

Boom mic shadow #2 on Tom’s shoulder…underworld blooper 6

Boom mic shadow #3 on Tala’s face, but you can track it as it moves across Jackson’s cossie to pick her up for her entranceunderworld blooper 7

Who’s this then? Is he a member of the Minion Crew we never get to meet? Or is he some BBC bod who’s just got himself in shot!underworld blooper 8

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BBC bloke shutting the door!underworld blooper 12

Blue CSO carpet riding up as Idas runs over it…underworld blooper 13

Leela wears a bra! underworld blooper 14

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BBC bloke with a smoke gun!underworld blooper 16

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Leela does a Jo and flashes her knickers!underworld blooper 18

And finally, our old friend the console cable and it’s hi-tech hole in the wall!underworld blooper 19

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Five Doctors Telecomic CBR#3

Here’s the collected CBR of all the pages for Part Three.

Click on the image to download.

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