The Power of the Daleks: A Colourised Cock-Up!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we’ve got The Power of the Daleks as an animation. For all its flaws, and there are plenty of them, as far as Whopix is concerned, having a dodgy animated version is better than having nothing but telesnaps and a few warped 8mm clips. And to be fair to those behind the project, a lot of the mistakes were clearly down to not having enough time or money for proper checking between the work of individual animators.  Blame the Beeb for that one.

So having disappointed fans all over the planet by having animated the episode with avoidable mistakes, the Beeb then compound their original error by colourising the monochrome original and getting the colours wrong!

It starts off okay, but look at the sky. This is meant to be the TARDIS in Antarctica at the end of The Tenth Planet, but the sky on Vulcan will turn out to be pretty much the same colour…

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Hartnell on the console room floor looks okay too, but then they forget to colourise the titles. A colour animation with a B&W title sequence just looks weird…

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So far so Meh but then, just when you’re starting to get a little bit excited about how this is going to look in colour, things go downhill pretty rapidly with our first sight of Ben & Polly…

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I’m sorry but what the heck is Ben wearing? Yuck!

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That’s more like it! As if that wasn’t bad enough, the console has turned from green to silver…

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Whilst what Ben’s wearing may be open to debate, and he’s not wearing grey chelsea boots for a start, something that’s clearly the wrong colour is Polly’s colony outfit…

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How do we know it’s the wrong colour? Because there’s a colour production photograph that tells us what colour it should be!

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Which means the colourisers should really have given us THIS instead:

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And finally, does anyone think that Dalek embryos are brown???

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Nah, Uncle Tewwance was right, the colour for monsters is green!!!

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The colourised version of The Power of The Daleks is available on the upcoming Blu-Ray/DVD steelbook release, scheduled for February 6th in the UK.

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10 responses to “The Power of the Daleks: A Colourised Cock-Up!

  1. Gavin Drake

    The TARDIS was only green for technical reasons. White bleached out under the studio lights on the old 405 cameras.

    That shade of green it was painted in ‘looked’ white on black and white tv.

    Which is why it changed to white from season 8 onwards, once the series was established in colour.

  2. Steve Roberts

    So if the animators were required to make an animated version of a TV play that had been performed on the Baird television system, would you demand that the actors wore yellow and blue makeup, just as they did in the studio? They were painted those colours for exactly the same reason as the TARDIS console being painted green – ie purely for how it would appear on the black and white image.

    • whopix

      *sighs* To paraphrase Leela, now you’re being silly. We’re talking about accuracy, not pedantry. IMHO the console should be green for the same reason that Polly’s costume should be blue.

      • Gavin Drake

        Then if this is about accuracy it shouldn’t be green!!

        It was ONLY painted that shade so that it would LOOK white on TV. The console was supposed to be white.

        What are you struggling with here?

      • whopix

        I’m not struggling with anything other than the innacuracy of the colourisation.

        The show was filmed in B&W, but we have production photos that show us what colours things were. So if you’re going to do a colour version of something that was filmed in B&W why not use the “correct” colours?

        Polly’s costume was blue, the console was green, and I’d much prefer they colourised it so we had an idea of what the B&W episodes would have looked like if they had been filmed in colour instead.

      • It’s really down to artistic intent and very much a case of perception. Would I have coloured the console lime green and Polly’s top blue – under ideal circumstances – yes. That the console is “silver/blue” and Polly’s top is not blue doesn’t matter a jot to me, much less the creature crawling out of the Dalek room.

      • Harry

        I agree, and also the green TARDIS just looks nice than the gleaming white one. Maybe they did it because in Hell Bent it was cannon-ised that that original TARDIS was white

      • whopix

        The Adventure In Space & Time console was the “correct” colour and I don’t recall anyone complaining it should have been white!

        As for Hell Bent, that one’s probably not a Type 40…

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