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Thursday, 2 November 2023 - Reported by Marcus
The Dead Planet (Credit: BBC Studios)

The BBC is to broadcast a colourised version of the second Doctor Who story, The Daleks, to mark the show's 60th Anniversary. 

As part of the celebrations, one of the show’s most renowned tales, the one that introduced the Daleks to the world, is to be screened on the 23rd of November, 60 years after Doctor Who began. 

Originally transmitted from December 1963 to February 1964, The Daleks soon became one of the Doctor’s most formidable and enduring foes. The story follows the very first crew of the TARDIS as they land in a petrified forest on an alien planet. Determined to explore, the Doctor (William Hartnell) leads his companions into the metal city, where they discover danger at every corner and what will become his deadliest enemy, the mutant Daleks.

These seven original 25-minute episodes have now received a makeover, having been colourised and weaved together into a 75-minute blockbuster to appeal to today’s modern audiences.

With brand new sound, a brand new score - created by Mark Ayres - The Daleks has been gloriously updated, whilst ensuring the original classic story remains as thrilling as it was when it began in 1963. And, whilst viewers can enjoy watching the colourised version of The Daleks when it arrives on 23rd November on BBC Four, it will also sit within The Whoniverse where viewers can also watch the seven-part story in its original form.

Phil Collinson, Executive Producer says:

It’s been my absolute pleasure to spend this past 12 months working with such a talented team to breathe new life into this classic adventure - a story that is literally the foundation stone of all that Doctor Who has become. The original is a masterpiece of 1960’s television drama and this new version stands on the shoulders of the pioneering spirit of 1960’s Doctor Who.

The Daleks colourisation is produced by Bad Wolf with BBC Studios for BBC Four and iPlayer. 

Executive Produced by Russell T Davies, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Phil Collinson, and Joel Collins. Lead Colourisation Artist is Richard Tipple and Edited by Benjamin Cook.

This special episode is one of the many highlights set to commemorate Doctor Who’s outstanding 60-year anniversary,– shortly before David Tennant takes back the reigns of the TARDIS for three highly anticipated specials.