Monthly Archives: August 2016

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

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. ┬áHaving 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…