- Actors: Various
- Directors: Various
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Release Date: Jan. 31 2017
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- ASIN: B01LTHYIAU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,369 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Doctor Who: Power Of The Daleks (Animated) (DVD)
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Alternate Mono Sound Commentary Surviving Footage & Original Trailer Original Animation Test Footage Original Title Sequence Animation Photo Gallery Original Dalek Voice Session Recording Servants and Masters - The Making of The Power of the Daleks DVD-ROM Materials: Original Camera Scripts Telesnap reconstruction Production Notes
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It is to be hoped that the BBC in a similar manger will restore the other Hartnell & Troughton Dr. Who stories whose videos
they so unfortunately wiped. Would love to see especially MARCO POLO, THE CRUSADERS, THE DALEK'S MASTER PLAN,
THE EVIL OF THE DALEKS, THE HIGHLANDERS, THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN, THE WHEEL IN SPACE.
Quality of animated version is excellent. A rollicking good yarn with a first class well read script.
One of these was "Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks," the first adventure of the newly-regenerated Second Doctor, which has been reconstructed in animated form. The story itself is a thoroughly entertaining tale that pits him against his eternal nemeses, the Daleks, even as he settles into his new life and his odd relationship with his companions. However, the animation isn't great -- it's like a rather stiff motion comic and "How It Should Have Ended" had a baby.
As the story opens, the Doctor's dying body transforms from William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton, much to the consternation of Polly and Ben. They're even more confused because the new Doctor seems like an entirely different person, and ignores most of the questions they ask him. They land on the planet Vulcan, but instead of pointy-eared aliens, the Doctor witnesses the murder of an examiner sent to check on the human colony of the planet.
Impersonating the examiner, the Doctor quickly discovers that an overeager scientist has uncovered a strange alien pod.... which contains three broken-down Daleks. They pretend to be docile and obedient servants, but the Doctor knows that they're scheming to destroy the colony -- and to stop them, he'll have to deal with kidnappers, a rebel faction, and an unknown murderer. And before long, more Daleks are on the way...
It's always excellent news to hear that a lost Doctor Who episode has either been found or reconstructed, and "The Power of the Daleks" is a great example of classic Who, especially since it twines together the classic Daleks with a story of a human colony in an uproar on a very alien planet. It's also a fascinating look at the very first regeneration, and how it was handled by the writers.
Specifically, the transition from Hartnell to Troughton is a pretty intriguing one; rather than have the same character played by a different actor, the new Doctor acts so distinctly different that Ben initially thinks he's an imposter. It's a bit awkward, but it works.
The quality of the original soundtrack can sometimes be a bit spotty, but for the most part, the lines are pretty clear and well-written ("Fruit!"). And the intertwining of murder mystery, mad-scientist sci-fi and social conflict makes for a pretty gripping plot on all levels -- especially the creepy scenes where the Daleks pretend to be subservient, with their malice simmering just under the surface. Not to mention the haunting scene where we see the Daleks as they truly are.
However... the animation is subpar. I have literally seen better animation on Youtube, done by talented amateurs, so there is no excuse for the BBC to produce a reconstruction that sometimes looks like paper marionettes. The characters barely have expression, and some of them are profoundly derpy looking. Even worse, sprinkled among the halfhearted mediocrity are a few moments that are done pretty well, like the scene where the Dalek-obsessed scientist discovers their conspiracy, and we slowly zoom on his darting, wild eyes.
"Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks" is definitely worth seeing for fans of the classic Doctor Who, but don't expect the animated reconstruction to be above "meh" quality. Hopefully the BBC will devote a bit more money and effort to this classic franchise in future.
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