After weeks of speculation, it seems that the long-lost classic story featuring Patrick Troughton’s debut as the second Doctor is to be released on digital download and DVD, later this year.
It’s one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures and held in extremely high regard amongst Doctor Who fans, yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to exist. The master negatives were destroyed, when the BBC decided to wipe their video tapes in an archive purge in the early 70’s.
Earlier today, a page advertising the project was accidentally launched early on the BBC store.
BBC Worldwide are expected to confirm the news at midnight tomorrow.
The story has been animated in black and white and uses the original audio recordings, with the original cast.
The six half hour episodes feature the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of First Doctor William Hartnell into Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a Patrick Troughton story has been animated. The Invasion used animation to replace two missing episodes.
Power of Daleks will be released on BBC Store on Saturday 5th November followed by the DVD on Monday 21st November. Let’s hope this is one of many.
Red hot( get it?) on the heels of headlining the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Grammy® Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Red Hot Chili Peppers are to return in December for their first UK tour in five years and will play The O2 on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th December 2016.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 2 September and are available at theo2.co.uk or by calling 0844 856 0202.
The band will be touring in support of their 11th studio album, The Getaway, out now on Warner Bros. Records, which was #1 in ten countries across Europe and was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have spent the summer performing at a variety of music festivals around the world, including headlining Lollapalooza in Chicago, T In The Park in Scotland, Fuji Rock in Japan and this weekend headlined the Reading and Leeds festival.
Supporting the band across their UK tour will be Japanese sensation BABYMETAL. The J-pop teen metallers have taken the world by storm since their formation in 2010. Their latest album Metal Resistance peaked at number fifteen on the UK Albums Chart, the highest position reached by a Japanese band.
San Diego comic con is in full swing. At the Family Guy panel, it was revealed that former Doctor Who actor, David Tennant will briefly reprise his role as the Tenth Doctor, when the series returns later this year.
Tennant will appear as the tenth Doctor, in a breakaway scene in an episode of Family Guy. Other sketches include a remake of the princess bride, with Stewie and Bill Cosby.
After five years of exploring the disturbing relationship between Norman Bates and his mother, Norma. The Bates Motel is approaching its conclusion.
The story will end with the events of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Psycho. So naturally, we need to meet Marion Crane, the protagonist of the movie who was murdered in one of the most famous scenes in film history.
It was announced today, at The Bates Motel Comic-Con panel, that R&B singer, Rihanna will be playing the character.
The BBC announced today that Nicholas Lyndhurst will be reprising his role as time traveller, Gary Sparrow for a one-off Goodnight Sweetheart special, which is being produced as part of the BBC’s landmark sitcom season.
The original creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have written the script, which sees Gary returning 17 years after he was stuck in war time London.
Marks and Gran said:
“Gary has been trying for the last 17 years to find a way back to the present. Now he’s found one, and he’s asked us to turn it into a TV show, featuring much-loved old Goodnight Sweetheart friends and one or two new ones.”
Goodnight Sweetheart originally aired between 1993 and 1999 and followed an accidental time-traveller, whom discovered a portal allowing him to travel between present day and Blitz-era London. Gary ended up living a double life with his wife Yvonne in the present day and girlfriend Phoebe in war time London.
As I’m sure you will all be aware, there was recently a horrific shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 49 people lost their lives, one of those was Luis Vielma. He was 22 and an employee at Hogwarts Castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In his honour, Funko Pop! have released a figurine that shows Vielma in his Gryffindor costume, complete with his name badge.
The creator of the figure, Brandon Anderson told Huffington Post that he made the figurine after reading a post on the Funko Pop! Facebook page.
The figurine has been made as a tribute to Vielma’s family, and will not be avaliable to the general public.
Some shocking and sad news has come to light this evening. Actor Anton Yelchin has died in a tragic car accident, aged 27. TMZ are reporting that the Star Trek star was found crushed between his car and his brick mail box at his home, in L.A.
Yelchin was a bright and emerging talent, who oozed screen presence. He was born in Leningrad, under the former Soviet Union in 1989.
He moved to the United States when he was just six months old, he began acting age of 9 in the independent film A Man is Mostly Water, and went on to appear in successful films such as; Alpha Dog, Terminator Salvation, Fright Night, Odd Thomas, Burying the Ex and Green Room. He is perhaps best-known for portraying Pavel Chekov in 2009’s Star Trek reboot and the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, along with the upcoming Star Trek Beyond.
On behalf of all of us here at Bad Wilf, I would like to pass on our condolences to Anton’s friends, family and fans.
Since Doctor Who returned to our screens in 2005, we’ve seen the appearance of both of Patrick Traughton’s sons. Fans have often expressed their desire to have Sean Pertwee appear-in either a cameo, or as the third Doctor.
In a recent interview with the radio times, Pertwee revealed that he was actually approached to appear in series 9. But due to his commitments with Gotham, he was unable to do so.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I’ve been asked before – I was asked actually last season. I couldn’t do it because of Gotham. I’d love to be in some capacity be involved, as an ode to my father and to Roger Delgado, who was my dad’s best friend, who was the Master.
It’d be an honour to be involved in something like that. You know, it’s a big thing! Doctor Who’s a massive thing in America now, and also they’re looking to the older Doctors, which I think is really kinda cool. They’re looking back as well, not just forward.”
As we all know, sexism in the film industry continues to deny talented female filmmakers the opportunity to make the films they want to.
British indie director Rachel Tunnard has made a short video of two thumbs discussing sexism in Hollywood. The thumb to the right is a young female filmmaker with dreams of directing the kinds of films that studios and producers too often prevent women from making. The thumb to the right is playing devil’s advocate and slowly eroding that dream – simply and hilariously speaking it as it is.