Just as I suspected – and hoped – when the schedule for the remaining DVD releases was announced, incomplete Hartnell story The Reign of Terror will have it`s missing episodes animated!
From the looks of this test image – via good old Combom – it looks as though the animation is going to be just as good as what we got on The Invasion, or maybe even better. [reminds me a bit of Anthony Dry`s illustrations] And whilst it`s great to have another incomplete story completed via animation, I do wonder why they chose to do this with Reign first? I mean we can all think of other incomplete stories we`d rather see first… So I think it`s a fairly safe bet that The Ice Warriors and The Tenth Planet will get the same treatment.
I loved the animated Invasion episodes, in fact I think I preferred them over their live action counterparts! There`s something about B&W Who in particular that lends itself to animation. And if, as it seems to be, it`s a kind of Manga-style production, that`s even better. [Anyone else love that Pertwee Manga Who video on YouTube?]
Of course, exciting though this news is, it`s real significance is what it potentially means for animated versions of all those Missing Stories – what odds now for an animated Power of the Daleks? Or The Web of Fear?
Is it too much to hope for that every fan`s dream of a complete set of Dr Who has just moved a little closer to coming true?