Now that the long journey to complete the telecomic of The Power of the Daleks is over, it’s time to turn our attention once more to the question of the recycling of props in Classic Who. And since we’ve just telecomic’d a Troughton story, let’s stick with Dr 2 and have a look at The Wheel In Space.
When I was fan editing the two surviving episodes recently I noticed a couple of props that I was certain I’d seen before. Take a look at this screengrab and see if you can spot them…
Here they are if you missed them, the slightly less noticeable one first:
Although it’s clearly been augmented since it first appeared in The Power of the Daleks, the circular grille thingy on the wall behind Ben & Polly is certainly the same prop Pat climbs out from behind in Wheel. The other one? Well, we all know where that came from…
…and where it went next!
And, from later in the same episode… do those round things on the wall look familiar?
They should, they’re from the Daleks’ space capsule!
And so out telecomic adaptation of The Power of the Daleks comes to an end!
It’s been a fun project to do, even if at times it’s been a bit of a slog to get to the finishing line. Not only do you have to crop all the images to fit on the page, you have to try and structure each episode to end on some sort of cliffhanger. Then you have to colourise them all and add in the captions & speech balloons, all of which ends up being a heck of a lot of work. But I hope you agree that the end result was worth it!
With this one, unlike The Underwater Menace, which we completed some time ago, there were quite a few images that got left out in order to fit the story to the format. And some parts of the story, such as Resno getting killed, the Doctor being locked up, Bragen being head of the rebels and Polly being kidnapped to stop the Doctor/Examiner interfering got dropped. Hopefully future telecomics will prove to be a bit easier!
Since this marks the point where the Daleks join the story, I augmented my usual blank TV Comic page to include a faux text box in the style of the originals from back in the day…