The new series returning to BBC One isn’t the only thing to get excited about. These days, fans have an excess of things to get excited about, in fact. And if the Third Doctor, Daleks, Jo Grant, Ogrons, and UNIT don’t do it for you, then perhaps you should reconsider this whole ‘Whovian’ thing.
On 12th September 2011, Day of the Daleks will be released on DVD, with an alternative Special Edition version included alongside the original, screened in 1972. This alternative features new footage, special effects… and Seventies Daleks voiced by Nick Briggs (best known for his voice-work on the new series)! Special Edition producer, Steve Broster told DWM:
“It was quite obvious there were only three Daleks in the invading ‘army.’ If I was going to make a success of revamping the visuals, then this would have to be addressed. I was loath to add CGI Daleks to existing footage – it had to be real Daleks.”
But those worrying that the new footage will stick out like a sore thumb can breathe a sigh of relief, as the new inserts were filmed with original 16mm film, as the owner of the camera, John Kelly, explains:
“[The 16mm film] was used from 1967’s The Abominable Snowmen onwards… My camera is certainly an ex-BBC model, although the chances of it having been used on Day of the Daleks itself are very low… That said, the chances of it having been used on a Doctor Who serial at some point are quite high.”
As an extra treat for those in the mood for a good ol’ extermination, The Doctor Who Appreciation Society are giving customers the chance to get the DVD signed by two of its stars, Katy Manning (Jo Grant, as if you didn’t know) and Richard Franklin (Mike Yates, of course).
Though the event – held in London on 4th September – is now fully booked, you can still head over to the DWAS website and order a signed copy for just £19.99! According to DWM’s listings, that’s 43p below its RRP! DWAS members get free postage and packaging, but non-members only have to pay 79p for that, so there’s no point complaining.
Plus, if you order before 4th September, they’ll endeavour to get it to your door by 12th, its official release date.
So what are you waiting for? Go on; pre-order a copy now, then get behind the sofa, ready for Night Terrors!