Shalka Comes to DVD?!

Wait! The “alternate” Ninth Doctor Who? Let out of his temporal anomaly?! Surely not? Well, according to and the British Board of Film Classification, a “video” has been passed as fit for viewing by the board. I use the term “video” as this covers any kind of videogram, not just DVD and VHS etc, so it may be that this classification (U and PG) isn’t for a standard DVD release.

No plans have previously been announced concerning the release – in fact since it’s BBCi broadcast it has been quietly ignored…

Meanwhile the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site has the until recently missing clips from 1966’s Power of the Daleks online for our perusal:

The two short segments are from Power of the Daleks, which saw the debut of the Second Doctor played by Patrick Troughton. The clips were shown last weekend on a BBC Two programme called Sunday Past Times. Eagle-eyed fans spotted the rare footage and notified the BBC.

The first of the short clips shows a Dalek production line and the second has the Doctor’s arch enemies parading outside their space capsule.

Paul Vanezis of the Restoration Team was able to track down the uncut versions of the scenes and our thanks go out to Mark Ayres for synching it with the original audio track for the very first time.

It’s hoped that the footage will be included with a Classic Series DVD release next year. In the meantime, you can watch both clips (combined) by clicking on the link below.

There is also a comments section on the page for us fans to wax lyrical!

We should point out however that at least one of the clips – of the queue of Daleks – was included in the “Lost in Time” DVD release from 2004; we suspect this is what the reference to audio synching above is alluding to.

As a result of this – insane excitement over the discovery of a “not lost at all” clip from Power of the Daleks, Kasterborous has to ask “Why?” The media coverage for this is all very well, but the talk of including the footage on a planned DVD release, when half of that same footage has just been released seems like very cynical promotion by the BBC.

We hope that this is simply a case of hands not talking to each other.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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