Loose Cannon Production 10
The Power Of The Daleks

     
BBC Production Details
Production Code: EE
Original Transmission (UK): Saturday 05th November 1966 -
Saturday 10th December 1966
Season: 4
Number of Episodes: 6
Writer: David Whitaker
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Christopher Barry
 

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Loose Cannon Production Details
Production Release Date: July 1999
Episode(s) Reconstructed: Episodes 1,2,3,4,5,6
Source Material: John Cura's telesnaps
Audio recorded by Graham Strong
  Surviving clips
Other authentic pictures
Tape length required: UK / Australia: E180
USA / Canada: T160
   
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Loose Cannon Says:

Rick had always wanted to do a Dalek reconstruction, and while there are a couple of previous versions floating around, he thought Power of the Daleks would be a good one to start with.

The story takes place just after the Doctor has regenerated for the first time, and Patrick Troughton does a superb job of taking over where William Hartnell left off. The TARDIS lands on the planet Vulcan, where Lesterson, a scientist, has found a capsule buried in a mercury swamp for 200 years. The Doctor takes the identity of the Earth Examiner, after finding him dead in the swamps. Against the Doctor's advice, Lesterson animates the dead Daleks and all hell breaks loose.

This reconstruction, not only includes John Cura's telesnaps, but also many publicity photos, which are used at appropriate places throughout the reconstruction for a better variety of pictures. The inclusion of the surviving clips in this reconstruction is almost like a teaser for the viewer, giving an insight into the visuals of a story that sadly should never have been lost.

Synopsis:

Disoriented after his regeneration, the Doctor takes the TARDIS to the Earth colony Vulcan. Ben and Polly are disturbed - the Doctor isn't the man he used to be.

The Doctor too is worried. The colonists have found the remains of two Daleks - which they plan to revive.

Once revived, the Daleks claim that they are content to serve humanity. Can it really be true? Or do they have their own, more sinister plans?

Reviews:

Review by Tony Coburn

Loose Cannon have done magnificently with Patrick's first adventure. The surviving clips have been carefully placed between the telesnaps and the surviving telesnaps alone are just fascinating to see, giving the viewer a broader idea as to how the destiny of Doctor Who was shaped in this first story. 8mm clips have been utilised in the recon as well, which almost made me jump out of my seat and certainly rewind the video to see if what i just witnessed actually happened. Amazing effort by the LC team!

10/10 WATCH THIS NOW!

 
Review by John Peel

I've been enjoying all of Loose Cannons' reconstructions, but this one has a special place for me -- it was, after all, one of the stories I was privileged to novelize. I can recall working from a poor audio copy, transcribing changes from the scripts -- when I could hear them! -- for the book. Not a practice I'd recommend! Luckily, I did also have a fan-produced "photo-novel" -- but no video. Now, here's *exactly* what I needed!

On the planet Vulcan, there are rebels, traitors, and even a mad scientist all at work trying to overthrow the current order. The Doctor and his companions, as always, end up in the midst of the conflict. Complications arise because this is a regenerated Doctor, and Ben and Polly are very suspicious of him -- is it the Doctor? Or is it some fantastic imposter? Then things get worse when Lesterson, the aforementioned insane scientist, revives creatures found in a mysterious capsule -- the Daleks! And the Daleks have their own plans for the colony, which don't include leaving any survivors ...

David Whitaker's two Dalek stories (this and "Evil Of The Daleks") have long been considered classic for very good reason. He knew exactly how to write for the Daleks, making them chilling and very nasty foes (as opposed to the more recent trend of making them dumb guns on wheels). Added to this, he presents us with complex and interesting human beings, with their own plans and problems. "Power" never lets up for a second.

The reconstruction is superb -- I only wish my audio tape had been of the quality of this soundtrack! I wouldn't have had to strain my ears, because this is crystal clear. The visuals are fascinating (including shots of the Dalek embryos and creatures I wasn't aware even existed), and, best of all, there are numerous short drop-ins of actual recovered footage. None are very long, but they're a delight when they do turn up.

In short, I'd give this story 9/10 for writing (only because I'd have to give "Evil" top marks!), and a definite 10/10 for reconstruction. Watch this to see how both should be done!

 
Review by Bill Moser

Although a very traditional telesnap story, this is easily my favorite reconstruction of the ones I've seen to date. I will admit that Pat Troughton is my favorite Doctor, and I always liked the novelization of this story, but I never appreciated how good it actually was until I saw this version of it.

The second Doctor is wonderfully eccentric, and a number of his early accessories (the stovepipe hat, the recorder, the 500 year diary) appear here but disappear before the first complete Troughton story, Tomb of the Cybermen. By that point, Pat has settled in to his role, Ben and Polly are gone, and the character is much more stable.

I was pleasantly surprised by the number of clips that still exist from this story. With such a large quantity of original material left, it makes the story easy to follow and appreciate.

Hats off to the Loose Cannon team. You did something wonderful: brought back a story I always longed to see, but I never thought I would have the chance to.

 
Review by Shaun Reid

The Power of the Daleks has to be one of the most sort after lost stories around as it is the first Troughton story. After watching the recon I can see why. An interesting premise which makes me glad that I got it.

Next to Pertwee, Troughton is my favourite Doctor. It makes me sad that I might never see many of the best of his stories.

The recons are a welcome addition and this story is an essential edition to my collection.

 
Review by Matthew Bennett

What a superb story, and presentation.

I have been in awe of this story, as a kind of 'Holy Grail' for some years now having survived on listening to an nth generation audio of the story and spending quite a lot of my sanity decoding the hiss for the actual story! (I could have gone on to work on the SETI program!...) For quite some time before I got a copy of the photonovel, I was convinced that Lesterson's assistant was 'Gamley'!

As for the recon itself - I'm speechless. I've seen other recons made through other groups which recycle used images and drag them out for up to 30 seconds - you are left wondering what was really happening visually...

With this story, the photos are directly relevant to the audio content, and the regular stream of them makes for a very watchable presentation which accurately rebuilds a perfect mental picture of the story - even Pat Troughton's erratic behaviour came across.

..and then there are the surviving clips which speak to us over the years. They are a very timely welcome to the recon and spur you on through the story.

Overall, ...well - what a lovely job LC! Please keep it up!

 

Review by Philip Clarke

This recon absolutly took my breath away. After watching the smugglers and macra terror my faith was decaying slightly but this exceeds any expectations and is nothing short of fantastic. I didn't realise so many little clips existed and it is great when the pictures kick in to life.

The Daleks are never better or more devious than in this story. In my opinion this is the best opening story for any doctor.

the recon itself is of a more superior quality than some and ranks up there with Galaxy 4 as one of loose cannons finest.

Loose cannon are the most exighting and important thing in dr who since Survival was made in 1989 (and that includes the TV Movie!!!)

 

Review by Steve Worek:

Well, the first recon I watched all the way through was "Power Of The Daleks"...this story just blew me away, and the recon suited it perfectly. I do have to say this story was a little long, but it was a great one to watch!! After about episode two my mind forgot it was a recon! After a while, I was even repeating the cell-lock-triggering pitch out loud to help the Doctor! And the music in the background of the capsule scenes still scares the pants off me. If you love the Daleks, this story is one for your collection. Five stars, LC.

"We....are your....serVANTS..."

 

Review by Andrew Hodson

This reconstruction was my first experience of the second Doctor's debut, and I must say I was slightly disappointed by it at first. The first episode starts magnificently with the regeneration sequence and its aftermath, and this is wonderfully represented by the telesnaps and even several moving pictures from the off-air source. Unfortunately, this is followed by a long scene on the surface of Vulcan, with minimal dialogue and very few available pictures. Whatever was happening in the original program at this point is simply not conveyed in the reconstructed version, even with a large number of captions, which is a shame - as it means that much of my favourite Doctor's opening episode now bores me!

However, once the TARDIS crew get inside the city and the Skaronians show up, things improve markedly. The story is superbly written - the colony is rife with political intrigue, rebellion, betrayal and conspiracy. Interestingly, the Daleks are not a force of power at the outset of the story - when discovered, they lay dormant and are just three in number. For the first half of the story, the Dalek submit to experimentation by the humans and even take orders! This façade of servitude gives them an as yet unseen element to their character - with the result that they're far creepier than they've ever been so far in the series.

The portrayals from all three leads are excellent; already the three make an excellent TARDIS team. The incidental characters didn't particularly impress me, perhaps because the focus is so much on the Doctor and the Daleks, although there are some great moments - Lesterson's descent into madness rivals that of Mavic Chen. As always in the sixties Dalek stories, the design is stunning - the Dalek mass production line is simply amazing (and has been conveyed extremely well with a well-directed series of photographs and clips), and the scenes in the capsule are wonderfully atmospheric.

For the most part, this story lends itself quite well to the reconstruction format, and Loose Cannon's adaptation has been superbly done. The technical quality of the telesnaps is a huge step up from the early efforts of 'The Faceless Ones' and is practically flawless. The small clips which show up throughout the story give an even better glimpse of how dramatic this story must originally have been than the telesnaps alone. None are intrusive due to an extremely successful technique of freezing the first and/or last frames of the cine clips while the relevant dialogue plays, avoiding distracting jump-cuts mid-sentence.

Despite the disappointing start, this is an excellent reconstruction. I now feel as though I've seen the debut of the best Doctor ever - and a fabulous Dalek story to boot. I'd call this the greatest Dalek story ever - if it weren't for the fact that the other two missing ones are equally fantastic. I look forward to the Loose Cannon interpretations of them!

 

Review by Peter Huxley

If Loose Canon had only produced this one reconstruction, their contribution to the Who legacy would be monumental.

"Power of the Daleks" for many years held an unfair reputation as the poor relation of Troughton's other Dalek encounter "Evil of The Daleks". Perhaps this was because one classic episode of "Evil" has survived the vaults, or maybe the absence of Troughton-era stalwart Jamie from this particular story put people off.

Who knows, but we were wrong.

Episode 1 of "Power" is certainly the strongest first episode of any of the regenerated Doctors, and here I must take issue with another reviewer, far from boring! The first five minutes are intensely disturbing, as the disorientated Doctor tries to make sense of his surroundings, and appears to share his companions doubt as to his own identity. However, the adventure is soon underway, and a dark sinister atmosphere pervades the rest of the episode, and indeed the whole story. The normal Doctor/Jamie light relief scenes are conspicuous in their absence, and the naively doomed community in which the Tardis crew find themselves confined to, contribute to a claustrophobic ambience more appropriate in a horror film rather than a childrens TV series. I find it extraordinary that I was allowed to watch this story aged 4. My vague memories have now been made concrete by the ingenuity and technical skill of a team of dedicated archivists, and I am genuinely grateful !

 

Review by Aaron Climas

"Power of the Daleks" was the first Reconstructed Episode I had seen, and I was hooked. My Dad throught out my life has constantly nattered on about the great 'production line' scene and how he nor I would ever see it again. But suddebly there it was in the mail. But more importantly is the story that is unlike any other Dalek story of era. In many later stories you can see the metalic creatured talking about their plans, however in this story the sneak about scenes with actuall menace! The reconstruction is not one of the top LC ones, however some notible aspects are panning across telesnaps and showing many previously unseen photos. I have to give this a 9/10 rating, this missing mark gong to one or two out of place telesnaps.

 

Review by Andrew Hunter

Power of the Daleks is a brilliant story for a number of reasons.

The first episode shows the regeneration scene from the first doctor to the second. Ben and Polly's puzzled reactions are very interesting to watch, as is Patrick Troughton's performance as a "disorientated" doctor.

This story is the creepiest Dalek story I have experienced. The scene where the Doctor enters the laboratory on his own to investigate the capusule is very eerie, due to the background music and the thought of what is inside...

Obviously, it is the Daleks inside. As soon as they appear, their menace looms over the story. This sets up a cliffhanger for episode one - a claw in the shadows. On the topic of cliffhangers, the cliffhanger to episode four (where the daleks are being constructed) is one of the most effective cliffhangers in Doctor Who.

The reconstruction of this story is brilliant. The picture quality is very good and it all flows smoothly together. There are plenty of pictures for each scene, so we are not left wondering what is happening. Well-done LC!

 

Review by Andrew Hunter

Power of the Daleks is a brilliant story for a number of reasons.

The first episode shows the regeneration scene from the first doctor to the second. Ben and Polly's puzzled reactions are very interesting to watch, as is Patrick Troughton's performance as a "disorientated" doctor.

This story is the creepiest Dalek story I have experienced. The scene where the Doctor enters the laboratory on his own to investigate the capusule is very eerie, due to the background music and the thought of what is inside...

Obviously, it is the Daleks inside. As soon as they appear, their menace looms over the story. This sets up a cliffhanger for episode one - a claw in the shadows. On the topic of cliffhangers, the cliffhanger to episode four (where the daleks are being constructed) is one of the most effective cliffhangers in Doctor Who.

The reconstruction of this story is brilliant. The picture quality is very good and it all flows smoothly together. There are plenty of pictures for each scene, so we are not left wondering what is happening. Well-done LC!

 

Review by Lowell Johnson

I was very impressed with the reconstruction of POWER OF THE DALEKS. I was especially impressed with the merging of the 8mm camera footage with the telesnaps and other photos.

I downloaded the audio portions of the story long before seeing all six reconstructions of the story (thanks to a friend who had them...Now, I;m in the process of obtaining own copies), but the recons complete the visual pictures of the story that I had in my head.

It it pity that this is one of the stories lost as it was an excellent way to introduce Troughton's "Doctor" to audiences who were used to seeing the previous holder of the role, William Hartnell each week.

Excellent work on the reconstructions, guys!

 

Review by Billy Hicks

It's only a few days until my next birthday, and Power Of The Daleks arrives. The first time I have ordered a reconstruction.

I'm glad I did! The audio is amazing quality, the telesnaps are so clear they look like modern day captured frames on a computer, and as for the surviving clips...the 8mm footage is a whole lot better than I thought it would be, and in one case (Episode 5) the cliffhanger is completely intact on film! It all came together with Whitaker's amazing script, and wonderful acting by Troughton, Willis, Craze and pratically everyone else. I couldn't find any 'clunkers' at all. Loose Cannon-I am your servant!

The only thing that's on my mind at the moment is "What recon should I get next?"

 

Review by William Merrin

This is the first fan reconstruction I've seen and the quality is superb. It's a joy for any Dr Who fan to have the opportunity to 'see' a lost story and it is a testament to your work that these videos leave you almost with the memory of having seen the original.

Given the loss of these episodes by the BBC, reconstructions such as Loose Cannon's deserve wider credit and appreciation for the work they are doing to preserve and reconstitute these missing stories. Beyond any service to fans this is an important contribution to the history of postwar television and popular culture.

 

Review by Jeremy Morrow

Simply fantastic. Lots of footage, lots of daleks, and easily one of the creepiest dalek stories ever written make this a top notch recon.

The audio is great, the shots are great, there's tons of clips and many of them are in great shape. I particularly liked the telesnap construction in the final episode where the camera surveys the bodies of the dead throughout the hallways - the result of daleks run wild. There is also nothing quite so creepy as a dalek saying "I...am...your...ser...VANT!" - whoever thought that one up was brilliant. Everytime somebody in the story believes the daleks you just feel like shouting at the television, "No you idiots! They'll kill you all given the chance! Listen to the Doctor you fools!"

Priceless recon, priceless daleks - not to be missed under any circumstances, lest you risk extermination!

 

Review by J R Ramsay

Boy was I depressed. I had just finished watching the last video in my newly acquired Doctor Who collection, the War Games. You see, I'm a bit nostalgic and IMHO no-one compares to Hartnell and Troughton. I have every video release of these two and watched them pretty much in order from first to last.

The thought of never ever seeing another of these stories for the first time really got me down. Sort of like saying goodbye to an old friend. The knowledge that there were once many more stories, now destroyed forever, made it all the worse.

Anyway, I then came across your site and saw that you had all of these reconstructions made of my favorite doctors' stories. At first I expected something akin to the BBC's 'fast-forward recon' of Ice Warriors but I hesitantly ordered Power of the Daleks and Marco Polo anyway.

Boy was I pleasantly surprised when I popped Power in the VCR and began watching. I feel like I saw the whole thing as it had originally been broadcast 30 years ago. I'm not going to restate everything others here have already most eloquently said. All I will say is thanks for reuniting old friends once again.

PS: I'm halfway into Marco Polo and it's even better than Power. I've ordered the Faceless Ones and Reign of Terror too. Can't wait to see the unreleased video as well as what you've done with the missing episodes. Great job guys!

 

Review by Christopher Barbour

...Top marks all round. ...after the first few minutes it was difficult to remember that Who was ever anything other than a series of still pictures with description running along the bottom. Excellent work !

 

Review by Chris Stephenson

Being somewhat Dalek obsessed, I found out about this episode via the Dalek Builders Guild; what an amazing production, well presented and so well edited that the transition to moving from static and back as the story progresses became almost unnoticable. This has got to be one of the best Dalek stories ever, superbly written and superior to a lot of the later stories, it makes me wonder just what the BBC were playing at when they destroyed the original.

 

Review by Liam Copsey

'The Power of the Daleks' was my first recon experience I was pleased, needless to say amazed, at the magical work of the Loose Cannon team.

The first thing that struck me narrative-wise was how curiously understated the story was among fan circles as I found it gripping from the beginning, especially when things speeded up during episode two. It also saddened me to think of all the numerous stories featuring Troughton's magnificent and fresh portrayal that had been lost, as even his manic personality practically beamed from the television in this reconstruction alone. The amount of surviving clips indulgently scattered throughout the recon was an utter revelation to me, and when they did occasionally pop up it just felt so special. I was even in awe when I saw the Doctor walk past his two companions! The Daleks were on top form and really did creep you out, particularly at the end of episode two, 'I-AM-YOUR-SER-VANT!' Their manipulative side has never been so cunningly played to such excellent effect; they were simply wonderful.

As for the recon itself, well, it was superb. I expected it to be a plodding, monotonous ordeal - not so! The pictures are not used for too long but occasionally overused, although this is an extremely minor quibble. The frenzied atmosphere of latter episodes was depicted incredibly well as were the various sets, the soundtrack was consistently crisp throughout.

There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe this production. This maybe down to the hype of receiving my first recon, but I seriously doubt it. Congratulations to Rick, Dean, Derek, and of course to Patrick Troughton; may your travels be happy ones. Heartily recommended.

 

Review by P. Ingerson

Possibly the best Dalek story ever. Certainly the best regeneration story ever. But then, that's not really surprising. After all, this was the first time the Doctor had changed so they *had* to do a really good story to make the viewers accept it.

Troughton settles into his role perfectly, and his dialogue even parodies the whole concept of regeneration. ("The real Doctor? Oh, you mean the *real* Doctor...")

Menawhile the Daleks themselves are at their scheming best -- a far cry from the eighties episodes when they were more interested in fighting each other than plotting against people. Mind you, the people also do their fair share of plotting in this story, with a wonderful villain in "Charlie" Bragan. (For some reason human villains always add an extra impact to any DW story.)

The reconstruction itself was wonderfully done. I was amazed at how many different pictures and clips there are from this story, and you've made great use of them. The only real complaint is that in Part 2 you used a shot of the Dalek crowd scene from Part 5 a couple of times. But apart from that it was practically perfect.

Thanks, and well done, to everyone involved.

 

Review by Marc Cameron

This was my first recon received and what a way to start! First things first, what an excellent story to kick off with. For me this is the Daleks at their most evil. Manipulating the weak minded and ambitious to get their power then disposing with so casually, showing the humans lack of value to them. If I could have been six years old when this was first broadcast I think this would have terrified me. As it is I was -11 and had to wait until I was 26 to see it. But at least it was this good to be well worth the wait.

The pictures on the whole match up with the action, the only exception I would agree with a previous reviewer is the crowd of Daleks picture used for the 'dead' Daleks. This is so minor a complaint as to be absolutely insignificant. The many cine clips available are slotted in perfectly and used well. If nothing else I was desperate to see these. The picture quality for these is, as expected, not brilliant but usually clear enough to be made out. Their availability still amazes and makes the execution of Resno more effective than still pictures could convey. I didn't know how I'd find the captions but was pleasantly surprised to see how easily they pointed out the information and how un-intrusive they are. They scroll in, say hello and leave without out-staying their welcome. Superb.

Overall a fantastic interpretation of an excellent story! The pictures illustrate the action well and the clips push this up to essential. I look forward to watching my next recons and 'treating' you all to more gushing novels. Very highly recommended!

 

Review by Warren Butler

Essential viewing for any DW fan, brilliantly done and I can see why fans have requested this story so often. Well done Guys and I look forward to seeing more of your recons.

 

Review by Jonathan Witchell

An excellent reconstruction with brilliant telesnaps. The audio tracks were superbly clear, without any crackling in the background. Glad to see small clips which also helped to make it seem as real as the original transmission, including the excellent clip at the end of episode five. Overall - 10/10!

 

Review by David Osbiston

I didn't know what to expect from these reconstructions but I thought I might as well give them a go and got Power of the Daleks - a story I've wanted to "see" for years and one of my favourite all time Doctor Who's. When I received a copy I was amazed how well the recon was done with little clips here and there showing glimpses of what the story was like when first broadcast. An excellent story, reconstruction and the sound and picture quality are clear throughout. Definitely recommended.

 

Review by Joe Molloy

The Power of the Daleks (LC10) was the first recon I have ever watched and to be honest I was a bit bewildered at first due to the lack of telesnaps but once the daleks turned up, things got better and better. I am now going to order 'Fury from the Deep' I hope it's as good as this one.

 

Review by Shane Moody

This was the first recon I obtained and I was extremely impressed with it. The dedication of the Loose Cannon team to create a visual representation of a true classic piece of Doctor Who is admirable. I really enjoyed the linking of the clips to both the audio and the telesnaps. It was seamless. The story also is delivered quite powerfully by the recon team. This is definitely a top 20 story of all time. The character of Lesterson has got to be one of the best supporting characters ever in Doctor Who. Cudos to the actor and the story. I definitely will be obtaining other recons.

 

Review by Matthew Kresal

Imagine the following for a moment would you? It is November 5th, 1966 and you have just tuned into the BBC’s successful series Doctor Who. William Hartnell, who has played the role of the mysterious time traveling alien known as the Doctor since November 1963, has just vanished in a glow of light and Patrick Troughton appears as the second actor to play the Doctor. Over the next few weeks this new Doctor and his companions find themselves on the Earth colony Vulcan facing off against the Doctor's oldest enemy the Daleks in the midst of political intrigue.
Sounds like a great story to watch right? Well because of BBC policy in the 1970's Power of the Daleks no longer exists in its original visual form until Loose Cannon used surviving material to put as close as possible back together again.

Loose Cannon has used an off air fan recording of the soundtrack along with surviving footage, telesnaps and publicity images to recreate one the truly tragically missing stories of the 1960’s. The result is that (in my mind anyhow) the story as listened to on audio and found first rate is even better. Those involved in the political thriller at the heart of Power Of The Daleks have face, and the Daleks get their menace back visually. Here, in context, can one see just how chilling it is the see Daleks rallying to the phrase “Annihilate! Exterminate! Destroy!” and “Daleks conquer and destroy!” which makes for a truly incredible viewing.

I found Power Of The Daleks a first rate story on audio and its even better in this Loose Cannon recon. That’s not just because of how well the recon is done with its almost seamless blending of elements together but because of the story itself. Power of the Daleks is classic Doctor Who. From its political thriller heart to classic moments with the new Doctor facing his oldest enemy which are revealed in their visual greatness here, this story is one of the strongest stories of the Troughton era even though it iis his first story.

 
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