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DWM meets the team whose passion has brought back to life the missing 1966 classic adventure The Power of the Daleks...


The original version of The Power of the Daleks, which has been meticulously recreated.

‘‘ I saw William Hartnell recording a Doctor Who at Television Centre,” says Paul Hembury, director of entertainment talent at BBC Worldwide and the man who commissioned the animation of missing Doctor Who story The Power of the Daleks.

“In 1964,” Paul explains, “I was at school in the West Country, and one of the school governors was also a governor of the BBC. I’m sure it couldn’t happen now, but he used to arrange for groups of school kids to come up for a half-day visit to Television Centre. I was one of the lucky ones, and so we were shown into the studio where a William Hartnell serial was in production.”

Only a handful of Doctor Who episodes were recorded at TV Centre in 1964, but Paul can’t recall enough detail to narrow down which one he might have seen. “I remember we came up to London on the train, and I remember when we got to TV Centre we were provided with sandwiches. And when we were done, we turned left out of the building and walked up Wood Lane to the then White City Stadium to watch this opening training session with this American boxer who happened to be over here. That was Cassius Clay – later Muhammad Ali. So yeah, him and Doctor Who all in one day – that was pretty fantastic.”

Paul’s job is to look for opportunities to make tailored programming around particular artists, programmes and brands. He worked for 18 years with Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, he’s made fitness programmes with presenter Davina McCall, he’s worked with comedian Miranda Hart, and overseen projects related to brands as diverse as Strictly Come Dancing, Liverpool Football Club and Aardman Animation. And now there’s Doctor Who.

“We were looking at what we could do for the fans,” says Paul. “There are 97 missing episodes of Doctor Who, and Charles had this idea about animation...”

DWM spoke to producer and director Charles Norton last issue about his attempts to interest the BBC in animating some of the missing episodes – not that the idea was wholly new (see sidebar). Charles first broached the subject with BBC Worldwide in 2014, and was then commissioned late last year to animate a missing episode of the sitcom Dad’s Army, released for download in February.

“And that did very well for us,” says Paul. “So soon after that was completed I had Charles down to BBC Television Centre to discuss what we might do next. We talked about various things, but I knew from before he was keen on Doctor Who.”

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DWM 506 celebrate 50 Years of the Second Doctor, as played by Patrick Troughton. Contents include: behind the scenes on the new animated version of The Power of the Daleks; the Second Doctor's era is explored in a feature by Jonathan Morris; 1968's Fury from the Deep is reviewed; showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions; a biography of Peter Brachacki, the man who designed the TARDIS back in 1963; The Fact of Fiction looks back at 2005's The End of the World; directors Ed Bazalgette, Douglas Mackinnon, Daniel O'Hara and Daniel Nettheim reveal more secrets of their work on Doctor Who in the second part of DWM's exclusive interviews; Comic Strip - Bloodsport Part 2, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson; The Time Team watch 2010's The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang; plus reviews, previews, prize-winning competitions, the latest official news, fun and nonsense with the Watcher and much, much more.