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The BBC resurrects lost ‘Doctor Who’ episodes via animation — and gives ‘The Power of Daleks’ a theatrical release

The Second Doctor is getting a big screen debut. BBC America and Fathom Events have announced that “Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks” animated series is headed to movie theaters for a special one-night screening. 

The original “The Power of the Daleks” aired from November to December 1966. The six-part series featured the Time Lord’s first regeneration — then called “renewal” — where the First Doctor (William Hartnell) transformed into the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) after being critically weakened through battles with the Cybermen. The series then follows the Doctor and his companions as they battle, you guessed it, the Daleks.

A 1974 archive purge destroyed the master negatives of the episodes and no known complete film recordings are known to have survived. Because of this, BBC America and BBC Worldwide commissioned a brand new animated series based on the show’s original audio recordings and surviving photographs and film clips. 

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Ahead of its small-screen premiere, the new animated “Power of the Daleks” will be screened at select theaters on Nov. 14. Tickets will be available starting Oct. 14 at the Fathom Events website and at participating theater box offices. Specific information about participating theaters can be found here

The screenings will also feature exclusive bonus content, including interviews with members of the original cast.

“Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks” is produced and directed by Charles Norton, with character designs from comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon. 

“The Power of the Daleks” will premiere on BBC America on Nov. 19 and be available to stream the following day on the BBC America App and online at You can watch the new trailer for the animated series above. 


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