The Power of the Daleks is the completely missing third serial of the fourth season in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who , which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from 5 November to 10 December It is the first full story to feature Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor.
It was the sixth incomplete Doctor Who serial to be released with full-length animated reconstructions of its six missing episodes. All six episodes were released on the BBC Store from 5 November—10 December in weekly order, 50 years to the serials' original broadcast dates.
Ben and Polly enter the TARDIS as the First Doctor collapses and changes into a younger, confused man who seems to ignore or deliberately misunderstand direct questions, and refers to his previous self as another person. Ben suspects he is an imposter, but Polly believes he is still the Doctor they know.
They land on the planet Vulcan, where the Doctor witnesses the murder of an examiner from Earth, sent to inspect the planet's colony why the examiner was summoned is a mystery.
The Doctor, using the dead man's badge, pretends to be the examiner. A security team, led by Bragen, escorts the Doctor, Ben and Polly to the colony, where they meet the governor, Hensell, and his deputy Quinn.
There are indications of a rebel faction that Hensell does not take seriously. The Doctor and his companions learn of a two-century-old capsule discovered by the colony's scientist, Lesterson.
The Doctor sneaks into the laboratory, with Ben and Polly following, where they discover two Daleks inside the capsule, with a third missing.
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The group is discovered by Lesterson; the Doctor asks him where the third Dalek is, and the scientist reports that he hid what he assumed was a machine, with the intention to reactivate it. Later, Lesterson and his assistants manage to revive the Dalek and Lesterson removes its gun stick after one of the assistants, Resno, is killed.
Quinn, revealed as the one who summoned the examiner, is accused by Bragen of sabotage and is arrested, with his position then assigned to Bragen. The Doctor, Ben and Polly are present during these events, during which Lesterson arrives with the reactivated Dalek, which feigns loyalty. The Doctor remains suspicious and verbally hostile to the Dalek, whose behavior suggests to Ben and Polly that it recognizes the Time Lord, confirming at last that he really is the Doctor.
Lesterson reactivates the other two Daleks and removes their guns.
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The three Daleks are revealed to be secretly planning to take over the colony. The Doctor's warning that the Daleks are secretly reproducing is ignored, and he and Ben are arrested by Bragen, who knows the Doctor is not the examiner. Bragen is revealed to be the real examiner's killer. Polly is kidnapped by the rebels.
He has a rearmed Dalek kill Hensell, and then decides to kill off the rebels. Meanwhile, Lesterson loses his sanity upon discovering that the Daleks are being mass produced inside the capsule.
The Doctor, Quinn, and then Ben and Polly escape imprisonment and help fight what appears to be a losing battle. During the battle, Lesterson is killed by the Daleks. The Doctor finally destroys the Daleks by turning their own power source against them. Bragen is shot by one of the surviving rebels as he attempts to kill Quinn, who becomes the new governor.
Anneke Wills was on holiday and therefore absent from episode four. Similarly, Michael Craze was absent for episode five. The Doctor's regeneration was meant to be a "horrifying" metaphysical change. The producers compared it to the hallucinogenic drug LSD , which had the side-effect of "hell and dank horror". Episode 6 was recorded using the line system before the official switchover, although it was telerecorded onto 35mm film, instead of videotape. Bernard Archard returned in Pyramids of Mars Peter Bathurst returned in The Claws of Axos Robert James returned in The Masque of Mandragora The master tapes of all six episodes were erased in the late s, while the BBC Enterprise copies on 16mm for foreign sales were destroyed in The additional 35mm film negative of episode 6 was junked some time prior to Some clips survive from various other programmes, mainly focusing upon the Daleks.
In addition some footage filmed off-air by an Australian fan onto 8mm cine film exists, showing brief moments of the new Doctor's first moves in the TARDIS.
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The Australian copies of Power were returned and junked in June Only two other countries purchased the story due to the restriction on Dalek sales by Terry Nation : the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in , which then sent its copy to RTS in Singapore in RTS's successor Mediacorp say they do not possess any copies, and what happened to this set is currently unknown. In August , two minutes of animated footage from the serial appeared on YouTube.
The professional nature of the animation, combined with the fact that the BBC had it removed within 48 hours, led to speculation that it had been leaked footage from a planned official release.
The Daily Mirror then ran a story stating that a full animated reconstruction of the serial had been commissioned by the BBC. The animation was released daily on the BBC Store in black and white between 5 and 10 November , followed by a colour release of the complete serial on 31 December In a poll undertaken by Doctor Who Magazine at the time of the show's 50th anniversary the story was rated the 19th best story of all time.
The most notable difference is the increased page count. The audio soundtrack survives. The Anneke Wills-narrated soundtrack was also released in a collector's tin called Doctor Who: Daleks , along with the soundtrack to The Evil of the Daleks and a bonus disc featuring My Life as a Dalek , a story presented by Mark Gatiss discussing the history of the Daleks.
Following the DVD's release, two further short clips—along with a higher-quality version of one of the extant scenes—were discovered in a episode of the BBC science series Tomorrow's World.
The clips only came to light on 11 September , when the relevant section was broadcast as part of an edition of the clip-based nostalgia show Sunday Past Times on BBC Two. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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