Power of the Daleks is here!

The wait is over and The Power of the Daleks animation is finally here!

Overall, it’s a very good effort with the only irritant being that there are sections where they haven’t accurately recreated the telesnaps such as the existing 8mm section where Polly recalls what the Doctor said in the tracking room. That and the fact that we don’t see the Doctor getting up off the floor, one minute he’s sitting up, next he’s standing. For those who don’t know the existing footage that well it shouldn’t be a problem, but surely they knew the fans would notice. And knowing they would notice, why not do it properly?

On the plus side they do put the regeneration before the opening credits!

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7/10

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The power of “The Power of the Daleks”

Since Fandom let out a collective Squee at the news that The Power of the Daleks would be released as an animation, it’s been one thing after another…

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1] NOVEMBER 5th: The story will be available to buy from the BBC Store, released at the rate of one episode a day, starting November 5th at 5.50pm fifty years to the moment episode one was first broadcast. The first 1000 people to buy get free art cards. Whoopy-doo…

2] NOVEMBER 21st: The story will then be released on DVD

3] NOVEMBER 5th @ 5.50pm: There will be a Live Twitter release of the first three minutes of episode one

4] DECEMBER 31st: Colour version[!] available to buy from BBC Store

5] FEBRUARY 6TH: The story will be released on a Blu-Ray with both versions.

So how many times you can buy this?

Four.

Still, if it helps fund future animations…

KER-CHING!

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Class – Report

So… what’s the latest Doctor Who spin-off like?

It’s a grown-up version of The Sarah Jane Adventures, with an adult leading a group of teens defending the Earth. Only not as good. And with echoes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Only a bit British, obv.

The opening titles evoke the feel of both Doctor Who and The Tomorrow People but with a naff teen song playing over them… the tune playing over the end credits is better.

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We get the usual character introduction to our four teen heroes, who are all misfits, and their teacher, who is an unlikeable bitch.

The story takes a huge info-dump when its revealed that one of them is an alien and the teacher is an alien too, which comes as no surprise whatsoever.

There was a war between the Rhodia and the Quill who were then both wiped out by the Shadowkin, who look like distant cousins of the Pyroviles with a dash of Tim Curry from Legend. The leader of the Shadowkin is played by Paul Marc Davis, whose voice you will instantly recognise as he was the bloke who played the Trickster in TSJA, whicn I suppose counts as another easter egg if you want it to.

So, the last two survivors of each race, the Rhodia [which sounds like Rhodean, the girls’ school] and the Quill, were rescued by the Doctor after the Shadowkin slaughtered everyone and brought to Coal Hill, like some sort of galactic witness protection scheme. Only the idea of witness protection is that you don’t draw attention to yourself, maybe Twelvy should have told them that…

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Speaking of Twelvy, Capaldi turns up at 35 minutes in and he’s only in it for about 9 minutes, which is a damn shame but he’s only there to set up the premise of two stranded aliens being forced to work together with a bunch of misfit humans to defend the Earth from The Alien Of The Week. Not like we’ve seen that before…

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There’s no Ian Chesterton but June Hudson does a bit more acting as the woman in the shop [!] and there’s a couple of easter eggs on the notice board…

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There’s the obligatory homosexual relationship and the compulsory BAME characters so beloved of the left-wing liberals who make our telly for us as well as the voyeuristic torso shot of the buff hero prince and a gratuitously bloody death that evokes Carrie with one of the team getting his leg cut off. And there’s even more blood next week by the looks of things.

So what is Class? It’s Torchwood for teens.

Would I watch episode 2? Probably not.

7/10.

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Edna Mode on Doctor Mysterio!

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October 8, 2016 · 12:23 am

Power of the Daleks Animated – CONFIRMED!

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Further to our earlier post about the animated release of Power of the Daleks, the BBC have confirmed that the release is indeed real and happening!

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ANIMATE ANIMATE! ANIMATE! ANIMATE!

The story will be released on the BBC Store and then on DVD on November 21st, according to the listing on Amazon!

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Let’s hope that this is just the first. Having gone to all the trouble of creating models for the Daleks and Pat Troughton, if the sales are good enough maybe they’ll do Evil of the Daleks next!

Initially I thought the characters were the work of Mike Collins, but according o Blogtor Who it’s Martin Geraghty, so I was close!

If nothing else, it looks like Whoflix has another Fan Edit to do!

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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…

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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