It is arguably the most important Doctor Who serial of them all – the one that cemented the series’ longevity. But The Tenth Planet has been lost for years, probably never to be seen again in its complete form. The missing fourth episode – the most crucial – hasn’t been heard of since the early 1970s.
All that remains is a soundtrack, clips and the all-important regeneration scene, when the original Doctor regenerated into his second incarnation.
The recent popularity of animated reconstructions has spurred BBC Worldwide into doing what only they could do, however. In the absence of a lost overseas film print, they’ve decided to animate the missing scenes, in a manner similar to The Invasion and the more recent The Reign of Terror DVD releases.
As seen in last month’s Doctor Who Magazine, Australian animators Planet 55 have employed the Thetamation system to great effect in The Reign of Terror, and they’ve also been brought in for this project, as you can see via the trailer at http://planet55studios.com.au/. We’re led to believe that Doctor Who fantasy Third Doctor anime legend Otaking is also involved as one of the animators.
As announced by the BBC Worldwide DoctorWho.tv website today, and unveiled by Doctor Who DVD range commissioning editor Dan Hall at Gallifrey One yesterday, The Tenth Planet‘s DVD release is currently scheduled for late 2013