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Destroyed negatives cannot stop “The Power Of The Daleks” coming to theaters!

doctor-1280-animatedBBC America and Fathom Events announced today that Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks will come to theaters for a one-night-only special event.

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks will screen on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. local time in select theaters.

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks originally aired on BBC Television 50 years ago. The six-episode serial introduced Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. While audio and still images still exist, no complete broadcast recording of Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks exists today, after the original negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974 . The episode was considered lost to time.

Now, to commemorate the serial’s 50th anniversary, Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks has been reconstructed as an animated series that will play in theaters on Nov. 14 before premiering on BBC America. The theatrical event will also feature exclusive bonus content including interviews with members of the original cast.

This new animation is based on the program’s original audio recordings, surviving photographs, and film clips. The six-part adventure features the regeneration – or as it was then called “renewal” – of First Doctor, William Hartnell, into Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, and follows the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) as they do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.

Tickets for Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks in cinemas can be purchased online beginning Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at 10 a.m. ET by visiting the Fathom Events website or at participating theater box offices.

“Ahead of the premiere on BBC America, it is a rare treat to be able to bring the lost episode, Power of the Daleks, to life using modern animation techniques. Doctor Who cinema events have been incredibly successful, and this is extraordinary opportunity to allow a new generation of fans the opportunity to experience this classic adventure for the first time,” said Soumya Sriraman, EVP, Franchise and Digital Enterprises, BBC Worldwide North America in a statement.

“We’re pleased to continue our long-standing and successful partnership with BBC America to bring more fantastic Doctor Who content to the big screen,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh. “The Whovians are always one of our biggest and most passionate groups of fans at the cinemas.”

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.

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks will premiere Nov. 19 at 8:25 p.m. on BBC America.

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Are you pleased with these partially restored episodes through the use animation? If parts of the episode are missing, should they re-animate the entire story instead of just parts of the program? Will you be seeing this in the theater?
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