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Published on September 25th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

The Reign of Terror Preview

Back in June it was announced that Big Finish were working with 2|entertain on the release of an animated partial-reconstruction of the 1964 Doctor Who adventure The Reign of Terror.

A few days ago, the results of this animation were revealed at the Day Of The Daleks preview screening in Sydney, Australia – and they’re looking pretty impressive:

The Reign of Terror is a French Revolution-set six-part thriller of which two episodes are missing. The project to animate episode four and five has presumably been a long one, rather than a quick job that has taken three months!

We reckon this looks fantastic, and hopefully – fingers crossed – there is a general willingness at the BBC and 2|entertain to push on and create intelligently animated versions of other missing Doctor Who adventures (after all, we all know that there is no shortage of good intentions at Big Finish!)

(Big thanks to Gareth)


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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+.

3 Responses to The Reign of Terror Preview

  1. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Agreed, that *does* look fantastic and a phenomenal amount of work. Hoping that they finish off The Tenth Planet and the Ice Warriors with this technique. I’ve got the Day of the Daleks DVD—I wish they added that on there!

  2. avatar Bob James says:

    It does look great, just as “The Invasion “did. Remember, fans, to get out an purchase these, as sales will send a clear signal that we definitely want to see more incomplete episodes get this wonderful restoration treatment.

  3. avatar Mike Dutton says:

    The whole animation thing is a wonderful idea, especially for the lost episodes. This will allow the BBC to at least put the memorable classics onto DVD, and the animators can have fun bringing them to life with only the soundtracks to guide them.

    If you don’t mind, I would like to write down a quick list of serials that should receive this treatment:

    The Tenth Planet
    The Underwater Menace
    The Moonbace
    The Ice Warriors
    The Crusade
    Galaxy 4
    The Celestial Toymaker

    These have only 1, 2 or 3 episodes between them, meaning they’ll be easiest to reconstruct with animations, since they have at least one missing episode. Other ones, like serials with only one existing story, like The Abominable Snowmen, Evil of the Daleks and The Space Pirates could be more challenging, but at least they can still be done.

    Because the process would take a while, especially for serials without any episodes, we can expect to be waiting a while for completely lost serials, like Marco Polo, Fury From the Deep, Power of the Daleks, and all the countless others.

    Fans could certainly not dismiss these for not being organic, if you know what my mean, since they’ll be using he original soundtrack for the episodes. If they recreated the soundtracks, then it would be a problem. Regardless, I see every single episode of Doctor Who being on DVD by the time I’m 50. Some of them may be animtated, but at least they’ll be there.

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