Doctor Who – The Tenth Planet part four gets animated

In its third year, Doctor Who was running into a few problems. Several change overs in the cast and production crew along with the ailing health of the lead actor William Hartnell threatened to accomplish what several monsters and mad scientists failed to do, destroy Doctor Who forever.

However, an inspired decision was hatched that prolonged the program’s life by replacing William Hartnell with another actor playing the part of the Doctor. Previously, there was some thought of replacing Hartnell earlier in another adventure, The Savages, but that came to pass. Instead, a story was written in which the Doctor defended a polar military base from alien attack at the cost of his own life. At the conclusion of the fourth part, William Hartnell underwent a bizarre transformation and arose as a new man. Actor Patrick Troughton was cast as the second Doctor (a move that even Hartnell himself supported).

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(for my full article on The Tenth Planet, click here)

Due to the loss of many classic episodes of Doctor Who, all but a few clips of the Tenth Planet’s final part exist, robbing fans of the most important moment in the program’s history. All of that will change when later this year this adventure will be released in is near-entirety with an animated finale.

Via DoctorWhoTV:
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The Tenth Planet is to have its lost fourth episode animated for a new DVD release, BBC Worldwide has announced.

Commissioning editor of the classic DVD range Dan Hall spoke about the news at the Gallifrey One convention this weekend.

He said: “It’s a real thrill to be bringing such an iconic Doctor Who episode back to life. Without the events established in The Tenth Planet episode 4, there would be no Doctor Who as we know it!”

The missing episode features the departure of First Doctor, William Hartnell. It has been missing from the BBC Archives since the mid-1970s, and will be reconstructed using the same Thetamation process used to recreate The Reign of Terror episodes 4 and 5.

The DVD will also feature a special making-of featurette called ‘Frozen Out’ that tells the full story of the arrival of the Cybermen and the first regeneration.

The exact release date is still to be confirmed, but is expected late 2013.

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6 thoughts on “Doctor Who – The Tenth Planet part four gets animated

  1. FYI… I think I also heard somewhere that “Ice Warriors” may be on tap for an animation-completion either later this year or early next.

    I don’t know how many more of these stories exist where they can fill in with an episode or two of animation… but I hope they do all that they can, and give us as much of these classic stories as possible.

  2. Excellent. I like The Tenth Planet, and that gives me an idea… Bring back the original funny-voiced, cloth-faced gimp Cybermen back for the anniversary!
    The Ice Warriors would be a great choice for animation, though I wish the missing episodes of The Web Of Fear would turn up.

  3. I sometimes wonder if it is weird that when I think about “what would you do if you could travel in time”… and I think one of the things I would do is go back to just before the fire and tape wipes, and get copies of all the original Doctor Who episodes… then come back to the present where I can “find” them and give them to the BBC in exchange for a promise to provide me with a free copy of all current and future DVD/Blu-ray Doctor Who releases. Just one copy each, I’m not greedy :)

  4. Yes, it’s Weird. ;) But I like your thinking. Hello Daleks’ Master Plan, Power of the Daleks, and Evil of the Daleks – that’s a whole lot of Daleks! Hi there Faceless Ones, Macra Terror, and Fury from the Deep! Bonjour The Savages, The Highlanders, and The Abominable Snowmen. Guten tag! The Crusade, The Myth Makers, and The Enemy of the World! But, eh, they can keep The Underwater Menace!

    • There are no duds in your list, Hal, but I would love to see The Savages get some more respect. After researching it ages ago I was surprised to find how bizarrely interesting it is. Web of Fear and Ice Warriors are longtime faves of mine. Enemy of the World is in desperate need of a re-appraisal.. by me if no one else.

  5. Two Patrick Troughtons, one of them a *villain* in a futuristic espionage tale? Enemy is really unusual, isn’t it. I’d really like to be able to see Frederick Jaeger impersonating William Hartnell in The Savages as well, while the central metaphor in that story is interesting. You’ve got good taste, man! Ah, Ice Warriors (Peter Barkworth, Peter Sallis, Bernard Bresslaw, and Derek Martinus direction!) and, in particular, Web of Fear are great aren’t they? I’d love to be able to see all of Web with Camfield’s direction. Funny to think of Lethbridge Stewart as someone slightly sinister.

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