In news that will warm the hearts of many classic Doctor Who fans, BBC Worldwide’s DoctorWho.tv website has announced that contrary to previous reports, the forthcoming DVD release of The Ice Warriors will include animated reconstructions of the missing episodes!
As you can see from above, the animation is of a different style to that produced for The Reign of Terror. Said DVD producer Dan Hall, Managing Director of Pup Ltd Media Consultancy:
Doctor Who has had many different visual styles thanks to changing directors, designers and production methods. We wanted to mirror this in our choice of animation partner.
Producing the animated episodes is animation studio Qurios, who will be bringing to life missing episodes two and three. Says Hall:
We’ve been discussing the various ways Qurios could reconstruct these episodes for over three years. So it’s really, really satisfying to finally see them animated. Qurios have a great track record in excellent and innovative animations.
Producer of the classic Who range, Chris Chapman, has been involved to oversee the animation, although Qurios are no newcomers – they’ve previously done effects work for comedy series Hyperdrive and Mongrels.
This is of course great news, coming at the right time – Series 7b will feature the return of the Ice Warriors with an updated look!
(With thanks to Ian)