Doctor Who News We meet the Cybermen for the first time in The Tenth Planet

Published on February 16th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

The Tenth Planet Animated!

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.

We meet the Cybermen for the first time in The Tenth Planet

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 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 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

November 2013, anyone?


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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+.

8 Responses to The Tenth Planet Animated!

  1. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Barring finding any more missing episodes, which is a rare thing, I think all of the incomplete stories should eventually get animated reconstructions. I’m guessing its not cheap though, and some stories have more missing than what still exists.

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Excellent news! I have the old VHS copy of Tenth Planet but a restored version with an animated 4th ep is the frosting on the cake, thank goodness! Finally!

    The only other story that throws me though is the Ice Warriors—two eps missing there and they’re releasing it on DVD but with telesnap construction not animation, which is disappointing, especially considering that the Ice Warriors are returning to our screens this spring. Maybe we’ll get a pleasant surprise though. Looking forward to the Tenth Planet!

  3. avatar Drew says:

    I’ve heard a rumor/myth/legend that superfan-Who genius-record producer Ian Levine might have a copy of The Tenth Planet 4. I wonder if there could be any truth to that? At first, I totally dismissed it–I figured if he did have it, he would have surely turned it in by now. But the more I think about it, I do wonder if Levine (or another DW fanatic) might have it in their possession…it’s VERY interesting that the first 3 episodes are complete and intact and available, but the 4th episode–the most imporatant episode of that serial and DW history–is missing. Also, TP4 would be the absolute jewel in the crown for a DW collector–you would have something that NO ONE else on the planet has. And finally, there is the revenge factor of how the BBC wiped the original tapes, and how they have treated the show from time to time over the years (the Colin Baker years, the cancellation, the hiatus…etc), and a superfan could cost the BBC millions by holding on to TP4 for as long as possible, just to spite the BBC.

    • avatar Francis Cave says:

      I don’t believe there is a chance Ian has episode 4.

      Considering the guy has spent thousands of pounds of his money producing animated of lost (and in some cases never produced) episodes which he has been very public about doing if he had TP4 he would have let it slip a long time ago.

      If nothing else he could have used it as a bargaining tool to get his animated Shada included on the official DVD.

      You can say many things about Ian but a liar or deceiver he isnt….

      The fact that the first three eps exist but not the fourth, pure fluke, as simple as that.

      • avatar Jason says:

        As far as I recall, the story is that part four was lent to Blue Peter, who showed the regeneration scene; the episode has been missing since.


        • I heard that story had been debunked?

          • avatar Jason says:

            Ooh maybe – there was that recent book abt the missing episodes. But then what did it say instead – why do we have the regeneration clip but not the rest of.part four, if that clip wasn’t preserved as it was another show? Am know! :)

  4. avatar Tim M says:

    I think it’s more a case of us being lucky that ANYTHING exists of ‘The Tenth Planet’. Rather than 3 episodes existing and foolishly losing the fourth. It’s staggering and amazing that even parts 1, 2 and 3 exist at all!

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