Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks Review

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks

Release Date: 12th November 2016 - Australia 
(screening for limited time at select cinemas)

Production Companies 
Sharmill Films

BBC Worldwide 

Genre: Animation
Rating: PG

Runtime: 150 minutes

Plot Summary
The Power of the Daleks is one of the most celebrated Doctor Who adventures, and yet no complete film recordings are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974. This brand new animation, being released 50 years after its only UK broadcast, is based on the programme's original audio recordings, surviving photographs, and film clips. The six-part adventure features the regeneration - or as it was then called "renewal" - of First Doctor, William Hartnell, into Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, and follows the Time Lord and his companions Polly and Ben as they do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.

Voice Cast (all archived recordings)
Patrick Throughton - Second Doctor 
Anneke Willis - Polly
Michael Craze - Ben
Bernard Archard - Bragen
Peter Bathurst - Hensell
Robert James - Lesterson
Nicholas Hawtrey - Quinn
Pamela Ann Davy - Janley
Martin King - The Examiner
Edward Kelsey - Resno
Richard Kane - Valmar
Steven Scott - Kebble
Peter Hawkins - Dalek Voices

Director - Christopher Barry
Creator - Sydney Newman (uncredited)
Daleks Creator - Terry Nation
Writer - David Whitaker 
Story Editor - Gerry Davis
Script Editor - Dennis Spooner
Producer/Showrunner (uncredited) - Innes Lloyd
Production Designer - Derek Dodd
Animation Director - Charles Norton
Character Designers - Martin Geraghty and
Adrian Salmon
Incidental Music - Tristam Cary
Composer: Title Music - Ron Grainer

For years I have been a longtime DOCTOR WHO fan, since as far back as I can remember. I'm more of a fan of Tom Baker's and David Tennant's incarnations of the character than any of the other actors like Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. The recent release of THE POWER OF THE DALEKS - like it's never been seen before, in its full reconstructed animated form. It's the long-lost episode that fully introduced Patrick Throughton as the second incarnation of the Doctor, that went missing and only fragments remained for the reconstruction.

The animation is subtle and has a quality similar to the style used in the animated TV series of ARCHER. Some parts of it were inconsistent and slow which resulted from its tight budget. The soundtrack that was saved from the recordings of the lost original six part serial was a bit off-sync to the animation which also stood out as a minor misstep.

Overall, this serial hasn't been entirely forgotten to the fans who grown up watching the classic DOCTOR WHO and the lost televised episodes. A must see for all of you Dr Who fans.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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