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Doctor Who fans have had plenty to be excited about ever since the show announced the restoration of a long-lost serial. "The Power of the Daleks" was a six-part story that chronicled the first ever regeneration of the Doctor into a new body and personality, and it's been a tragedy that it was seemingly lost forever. Viewers will soon be able to see a modified version from the comfort of their homes, but it turns out that they may have a more epic option for watching the serial. "The Power of the Daleks" will be broadcast in theaters all over the U.S. this November. It may just be the biggest Doctor Who celebration since the 50th anniversary back in 2013.
BBC America and Fathom Events are teaming up for a one-night special screening of the serial, which is being called Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks for its theatrical release. In a fun twist, the special will hit participating theaters on Monday, November 14 at 7 p.m. local time, which is five days before the BBC America telecast on Saturday, November 19 at 8:25 p.m. ET. The theatrical release could be perfect for any who can't possibly wait longer than necessary for a new look at a past Doctor in action. The special will also feature bonus content exclusive to the screening, which is set to include interviews with members of the original cast from back in the days of the Second Doctor.
Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks will premiere almost exactly fifty years after the serial first began back in 1966, so a one-night special event is the perfect way to celebrate its recovery. The episodes previously seemed like they were gone forever thanks to a BBC archive purge between 1967 and 1978 that destroyed huge chunks of Doctor Who history. The episodes have been pieced back together in a pretty creative way.
The episodes will be animated rather than presented in live action, which is a major departure from traditional Doctor Who production. Still, it's the only way that "The Power of the Daleks" could have made it back to the small screen without entirely losing the performances of Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor or Anneke Wills and Michael Craze as companions Polly and Ben. Animators have used what photos, audio, and video that survived over the years to recreate the action of Two's regeneration story. It will look different, but the teaser suggests that it will nevertheless feel distinctly like Doctor Who. Check it out!
If I wasn't already excited, I'm guessing that the glimpse of what looks like a whole bunch of Daleks inside the TARDIS would have gotten me on the edge of my seat. You can buy tickets for the Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks theatrical screening at FathomEvents.com starting on October 14, and be sure to check out your local listings to see if it will be coming to a theater near you. Take a look at our fall TV premiere schedule to see what you can catch on the small screen.