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BBC Studios announce Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks animation

BBC Studios today announced the new animated version of long-lost classic Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks, starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor.

Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the serial’s final episode airing on BBC1. The new animated release will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook from 27th September 2021.

The Evil of the Daleks is the mostly-missing ninth and final serial of the fourth season of the British series, which originally aired in seven weekly parts from 20th May to 1st July 1967. Check out a clip from the new animation below:

Following the success of the existing animations, The Evil of the Daleks fills another gap in the missing Doctor Who content lost in the purge of the BBC archive soon after the programme’s original transmission. However, audio-only recordings of all seven episodes have survived and have been used here to create a brand new fully animated presentation of this lost classic, alongside the surviving version of the serial’s second episode. 

The Doctor (Patrick Troughton) stars alongside his travel companion Jamie (Frazer Hines) in this recreation in which the TARDIS has been stolen. The story unfolds as the Doctor and Jamie set out to find the missing time machine, bringing them face to face with a very old enemy – the Daleks, who have a new masterplan to conquer the universe. The Daleks force the Doctor to help them on their quest to ‘humanise’ themselves into deadlier living weapons. This particular story is notable for introducing the Doctor’s new companion Victoria Waterfield (Deborah Watling), first seen in the surviving second episode, and also for presenting the Dalek Emperor for the first time onscreen.

The three disc release gives fans the opportunity to enjoy The Evil of the Daleks in full, and is available in either colour or black and white. The release will include: 

· Remastered Surviving Original Episode 2.

· Telesnap Reconstructions of the 6 missing episodes.

· Audio Commentaries.

· Audiobook version, with recorded commentary by Tom Baker .

· Making Of documentary.

· Photo Gallery.

AnneMarie Walsh, Director of the 2021 production said “It’s been a privilege to work on this fantastic story with such a brilliant team – thanks to the fans for supporting our work, I hope you all enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!” 

Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks is written by David Whitaker and stars Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Marius Goring, John Bailey, Deborah Watling, Brigit Forsyth, Gary Watson, Jo Rowbottom, Windsor Davies and Sonny Caldinez. The original 1967 episodes are produced by Innes Lloyd and directed by Derek Martinus, whilst the animated 2021 version is produced by Paul Hembury and directed by AnneMarie Walsh.

Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks is released on 27th September and is available to pre-order from HMV, Amazon, Zavvi, and Rarewaves now.

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