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Published on March 12th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

The First Regeneration Animated!

In an online exclusive, BBC Worldwide has released a clip of the First Doctor’s regeneration from the forthcoming animated edition of the lost Doctor Who episode, The Tenth Planet.

The original clip is all that remains of the episode, which was lost in the 1970’s, so understandably, Planet 55 Studios have been working on it ever since the project was announced.

Head of Studio, Austen Atkinson, said:

“We are about to finish two years of development and production work on the project – the first scene was animated all the way back in 2011! You have no idea how hard it was to keep that secret!

Chris Chapman, Lead Animator on this sequence, said:

“We knew that we had to throw everything at this scene and in fact the whole story is historic, with the first appearance of the Cybermen, so we really worked very hard on it. It was a real pleasure. It has definitely made me a fan of Doctor Who.”

With the threat of the Cybermen foiled, the Doctor has beaten Polly and Ben to the TARDIS and closed the doors. As they hammer on the door, the controls begin to operate of their own accord, rising and falling as the Doctor leans heavily upon them…

Recently Australian fans were given a preview of the scene and reactions where emotional and hugely appreciative, with Paul Deuis, President of the Australian Doctor Who fan club commenting:

“I had tears in my eyes – what a moment. The animation is amazing.”

The Tenth Planet is a Pup Ltd / Planet 55 Studios Co-Production for BBC Worldwide, and will be released on DVD in late 2013.

(Via DoctorWho.tv.)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.



3 Responses to The First Regeneration Animated!

  1. avatar Caity says:

    I have a vague memory of when I was young going to MOMI (I think) and actually seeing a video clip of the first regeneration. False memory syndrome?


    • No – it exists, but not the full series of events leading up to it.

      • avatar Caity says:

        Ah, thanks Christian – at my dodgy age it’s nice to know that the memory isn’t completely shot!

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