Doctor Who: Missing episodes from Patrick Troughton era to be released as animated series


Doctor Who’s missing episodes from Patrick Troughton’s era as the iconic Time Lord is set to be released in Evil Of The Daleks animated series

Doctor Who’s missing episodes from Patrick Troughton’s era as the Time Lord is set to be released as an animated series on September 27.

On Thursday, BBC Studios announced details for the upcoming show titled Evil of the Daleks which stars Troughton as the lead, he portrayed the character’s second incarnation from 1966 to 1969.

The series is the ‘mostly-missing ninth and final serial of the fourth season’ of Doctor Who, which was originally broadcaster in seven weekly editions in 1967.

Exciting: Doctor Who’s missing episodes from Patrick Troughton’s era as the Time Lord will be released in Evil Of The Daleks animated series, BBC revealed on Thursday (pictured in 1967)

The BBC revealed in a statement: ‘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, featuring the original surviving second episode.’

Patrick stars as the Doctor alongside companion Jamie (played by Frazer Hines) in the recreation, which sees the TARDIS stolen.

Lost: The series is the 'mostly-missing ninth and final serial of the fourth season' of Doctor Who, which was originally broadcaster in seven weekly editions in 1967 (pictured: a Dalek)

Lost: The series is the ‘mostly-missing ninth and final serial of the fourth season’ of Doctor Who, which was originally broadcaster in seven weekly editions in 1967 (pictured: a Dalek)

The duo have to find the missing time machine, a quest which brings them face to face with the Daleks.

The Doctor’s iconic nemesis have a plan to conquer the universe, and they force the Time Lord to help them ‘humanise’ themselves into living weapons. 

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!’

The story will also introduce new companion Victoria Waterfield (Deborah Watling), who was first seen in the surviving second episode of the season.

Restoration: The BBC said: 'The Evil of the Daleks fills another gap in the missing Doctor Who content lost in the purge of the BBC archive' (still of Troughton from episode restored in 2013)

Restoration: The BBC said: ‘The Evil of the Daleks fills another gap in the missing Doctor Who content lost in the purge of the BBC archive’ (still of Troughton from episode restored in 2013)

The animated release will be available on DVD, Blue-ray and Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, and features three discs and will let fans experience the series in colour or black and white.

The remastered second episode will be included as well as the Telesnap Reconstructions (six episodes) and audio commentaries, plus an audiobook with recorded commentary by Tom Baker.

Also in the collection will be a photo gallery and ‘Making Of’ feature.

Between 1967 to 1978 the BBC routinely deleted archive programmes, which resulted in the loss of 97 episodes of Doctor Who in total – the majority of these have now been restored thanks to the fact these survived in audio form. 

Show: In the episode, Patrick (pictured with predecessor William Hartnell, left, and successor Jon Pertwee, centre) stars as the Doctor and has the TARDIS stolen by Daleks

Show: In the episode, Patrick (pictured with predecessor William Hartnell, left, and successor Jon Pertwee, centre) stars as the Doctor and has the TARDIS stolen by Daleks

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