Loose Cannon Production 31
The Evil of the Daleks
"Sacrifice a whole world, a history, past, present and future…."

     

Please note that this digital teaser trailer is purely to whet your appetite, recons are ONLY available on VHS quality.

BBC Production Details
Production Code: LL
Original Transmission (UK): Saturday 20 May 1967 -
Saturday 01 July 1967
Season: 4
Number of Episodes: 7
Writer: David Whitaker
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Derek Martinus
 

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Loose Cannon Production Details
Production Release Date: Jan 2009
Episode(s) Reconstructed: Episodes 1,3,4,5,6,7
Source Material: John Cura's telesnaps
Audio recorded by Graham Strong
  Surviving clips
Other authentic pictures
  Composite pictures
  CGI (Computer Generated Images)
Pictures from other stories / sources
Specially Created Material
Tape length required: UK / Australia: E240
USA / Canada: 2 x T120 (i.e. 2 tapes)
     

Making the Reconstructions:

For this story we are able to offer you more than one 'making of' feature. The reconstruction of The Evil of the Daleks was a massive project which took over a year to complete. This article goes into some detail about how we reconstructed the story Click here to learn more...***WARNING this article contains spoilers***


Bonus Material

As well as the reconstruction we are able to bring you the following goodies…

 

Celebrity Introduction

We thought it might be a nice idea to get a fan of the show to do the introduction for this reconstruction. However at Loose Cannon we like things to be a bit special so we asked big Patrick Troughton fan Colin Baker to introduce this story for us! Learn more about Colin's work in our Hall of Fame...

   

Celebrity Interview 1

Colin Baker also spared us the time to discuss his career and experiences of being the Doctor in this very special interview.

 

Celebrity Interview 2

Sonny Caldinez finds his voice with the Loose Cannon team to recount his memories of playing the mute, Kemel. Sonny relates tales of his wide and varied career which ranges from acting with Peter Sellars and Bob Hope to protecting Michael Jackson to Wrestling in front of old ladies!! Learn more about Sonny's work in our Hall of Fame...

 

Dalek Tales

Those of you who were watching back with LC12 (The Reign of Terror) may remember a promised interview with Dalek author John Peel, well sadly that original tape was damaged and so was unable to be released. However, John kindly agreed to talk to us again about novelizing The Evil of the Daleks and the other Dalek stories, his experiences as an author of new Who fiction and memories of his good friend, Dalek creator Terry Nation.

 

Production Featurette

Narrated by Colin Baker is a short documentary which gives an insight into the making of this classic story.

 

Special Note:  

Please be aware that the surviving episode (2) was released on the BBC DVD video "Doctor Who: Lost in Time" (UK: BBCDVD1353, US: BBCV3403).
Please purchase this official BBC DVD video release to complement our reconstruction as the surviving episodes are not included on the recon.

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Please note recons are ONLY available on VHS quality.

LOOSE CANNON WILL NOT, AND NEVER WILL, SUPPLY RECONS FOR DOWNLOAD IN DVD OR VCD QUALITY OR EVEN ON TICKER TAPE!!!!!!


Loose Cannon Says:

After spending longer in production than Patrick Troughton's entire tenure Loose Cannon finally present The Evil of the Daleks - and we think it has been worth the wait. It's a story which moves so fast the telesnaps struggle to keep pace so the recon features the most CGI in a recon yet along with many composites, some new techniques and some very special "Special Material" which involved the team visiting the original location for the story, Grims Dyke.

Whilst all Loose Cannon Reconstructions are free, if you have enjoyed this release you may consider donating to The Foundation for the Study of Infant Death's, a charity strongly supported by Colin Baker.
www.sids.org.uk/donate.html

Synopsis:

Stranded in Victorian London, separated from his TARDIS and forced to co-operate with the Daleks, it seems the Doctor's luck has run out.

The Daleks are searching for the elusive Human Factor, and want the Doctor to help them find it.

With Victoria held captive, the Doctor has no choice. With the terrifying Emperor at their helm will the Human Factor be the weapon to finally allow the Dalek's to conquer the human race?..... .

Reviews:

Review by Mike Gwilliam

What more can be said about The Evil of the Daleks that hasn't already been mentioned by other reviewers? The myriad of superlatives are flowing in abundance, yet still they seem incapable of encapsulating my feelings. The long hard work that has gone into making this reconstruction is evident in every scene: the perfectly clear telesnaps, the clean audio track and the informative yet not intrusive captions.

Previously I had only listened to the muffled, crackly off-air audio recording that the BBC released several years ago and had to match it up to the surviving visuals, the magazine pictures of lost scenes, the studio photos and the one remaining episode. Even then it was evident that this was a lost classic, one that, as a result, has at times been undeservedly neglected by those who had never seen it.

Now, however, the team at Loose Cannon has breathed new life into it, reviving it in such a masterful way it's as though I've fully experienced it, in much the same way as first-time viewers experienced the original transmission all those moons ago (the lucky beggars!). And what a thoroughly enjoyable experience it was. I know it's been said before but it's quite true: This is such a superb production that I forgot at times that I was watching a reconstruction. It's that good. The refilmed scenes, outsourced clips and CGI sequences merge so seamlessly together that it's difficult to spot which is which. Often I found myself thinking, Is that a surviving clip? Is that CGI? Magnificent.

It's also been put together in such a consummate, painstaking way that the action keeps on flowing, the story and the visuals carrying you along to the final, brilliant battle of the Daleks - one of the great denouements in the history of the series. What else can I say? This has to be seen to be believed. Well done to all at Loose Cannon for your hard work and dedication. You've definitley raised the bar if not entirely redefined the discipline of TV archaeology.

 

Review by Kevin Rhodes

I have been a fan of The Evil of the Daleks for many years - from the 1st time I heard the Tom Baker-narrated audio cassettes, to seeing the amazing telesnaps in DWM. I am also a huge fan of Loose Canon's work - I've yet to see a reconstruction that's disappointed me in anyway! So, as you can imagine, I've been eagerly anticipating this reconstruction ever since it was announced. Could the finished product live up to my sky-high expectations? No, it didn't. It did something even more extraordinary - it surpassed them, to the extent that watching this reconstruction is one of the most remarkable and enjoyable Doctor Who productions I have ever watched. What an absolutely magnificent video!!!

I feel I must give particular mention to the CGI Emperor Dalek - the end of episode 6 gave me chills, it was so eerie and felt just like watching a recovered piece of legendary footage. Yes, I've heard the audio and I've seen the telesnaps... but to actually see it like this... unbelievable. And the whole of episode 7. I've always listed this particular episode as the one "missing episode" that, above all others, I would love to see returned to the archives. Well, after watching your reconstruction, I almost feel like it has been! Quite possibly one of the finest 25 minutes of Doctor Who ever produced.

The mix between genuine telesnaps, composites, CGI and specially-created footage continues to impress. Using such a variety of sources could so easily end up looking like a complete mish-mash but Loose Canon achieve the exact opposite - it keeps the pace of the story moving along fantastically and quite often tricks you into forgetting you're not watching the genuine programme.

There's not a great deal more I can say on this subject - I'm running out of superlatives. So well done to the whole team, this is without a shadow of a doubt your finest production to date. Please keep up the good work and know that your endeavours mean so much to so many of us. Thank you.

 

Review by Chris Longhurst

Another triumph from Loose Cannon! I have watched it twice – the first time I thought that perhaps the CGI animation effects were overdone but a second viewing convinced me that they really add to the reconstruction of the story and help keep the pace going, this is especially noticeable in Episodes 6 and 7. The blend of CGI, telesnaps and film inserts in the ‘final battle’ Episode 7 is particularly effective. With the rapid advances in technology I believe that in a few more years we will be seeing some fully animated lost storie reconstructions!

The special features on this recon. are also outstanding; special mention must be made of Sonny Caldinez’s wide ranging reminiscences and John Peel’s discussion on writing Dalek novels and novelisations – great stuff. Also highly recommended is the ‘Making of’ feature for Evil on the Loose Cannon site.

 

Review by Kevin Turner

I got the tape and put it straight into my player, I have waited a long time for this and the wait was well worth it. The recon is great, I watched the first episode then I watched the second from my Lost it Time DVD, set up next to the VCR, and then carried on with the recon. It really didn't seem like 7 - 24 minute episodes, it was so well put together the time just flew. The CGI sections were brilliant, as were the additional filmed sections. You guys have surpassed yourselves with this one and my congratulations goes to all involved. I look forward to seeing the new recons you will be doing this year. Well done guys.

 

Review by Brian S Muehl (Toxicspurge)

So I've seen the Joint Venture recon of Evil of the Daleks from several years ago. It's not bad, but it's very much of its time and it's obvious that a lot of improvements could be made if done today. I'd long been looking forward to the Loose Cannon team tackling Evil of the Daleks. Along with The Web of Fear and The Wheel in Space, it was one of only three stories with missing episodes they'd yet to tackle. In addition, EotD is one my favorite Troughton stories, so I had especially high hopes for this one.

Let me start out by saying the LC team exceeded my wildest expectations! Evil of the Daleks is the finest recon they've done to date and the level of care and detail the team has invested is obvious. The most spectacular improvements over the JV version are in the CGI effects. Many of the Daleks movements have been done in CGI. There's also a great deal of CGI in the last 5-10 minutes of episode 7. Combined with the existing clips, episode 7 comes alive in ways never seen since the original airing. There is also a stunning CGI scene with Jaime and Kemel climbing up a rope to rescue Victoria in the mansion.

The LC team has also gone to great lengths to recreate some scenes, especially those involving Victoria in her cell and walking down the hall of the mansion. These scenes are quite well done and you'd be hard pressed to realize this isn't actually Victoria, but one of the team members' wife in a dress. As an aside, I'm quite glad Dean didn't have to don the dress for the part and am more than a little disturbed that he seemed very overly enthusiastic to volunteer for the job.

It's easy to focus on the CGI and ignore the more subtle aspects of the recon. The picture quality is especially sharp, the stills were as clear as day and as sharp as Russ's skill in writing the behind-the-scenes analysis of the recon. Colin Baker does the introduction and a bit of the linking narration and it's fantastic to see him in the role. It's clear he has the upmost respect for Patrick Troughton.

One of the things the LC group excels at is providing interviews with some of the lesser known members of the cast we don't normally hear from. In particular, there's a wonderful interview with the actor who played the part of the deaf Kemel!

I've seen all of the LC recons and they improve with each subsequent endeavor. The Dalek Masterplan has long been my favorite. However, with the release of the Evil of the Daleks, I'm forced to admit the crown has been passed and there's a new king on the throne!

Do yourself a favor and request a copy! You'll be amazed and will catch yourself forgetting you're watching a recon!

Keep up the good work guys! I'm looking forward to The Faceless Ones. You've certainly raised the bar for yourselves!

 

Review by Mark Hyland

Wow – where can you start, another excellent reconstruction from the people at Loose Cannon. It is a pleasure to watch from start to finish, nicely cleaned up snaps, a whole host of new pics and composites put in seamlessly – never looking out of place or jarring coupled with a fantastic use of clips lifted from a whole range of sources – Carry on Cabby – who would have guessed?, as well as all the specially filmed inserts and cgi.

I was very impressed with the speed of cutting from image to image, none of the snaps stay on the screen for too long and there is never the feeling of the same image being used too many times. The fight scene moves at an excellent pace and at no point is it clear that it is not the actors from the story – excellent use made of other source material.

The cgi work is once again of an extremely high standard with particular praise going to the Dalek City scenes and the remarkable scene of Jamie and Kemel climbing – it had me believing that it was actual footage! Having read the making of the reconstruction I find it very easy to believe the hard work that went into making the battle scene from Episode 7, so many clips from such a wide variety of sources all slot together to make the climactic finale to the story move along at a tremendous pace.

I can honestly say I have never seen a reconstruction with so much movement in it and feel that this has set the benchmark for how recons will be viewed.

 
 
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