A clip at the end of Doctor Who: The Daleks revealed more colourised episodes of the show that are on the way.
Last night saw the broadcast of a 75 minute, blockbuster edition of the 1960s Doctor Who story The Daleks, in colour for the first time. The William Hartnell-headlined story has been edited down from its episodic run into some more akin to a movie – and as suspect, that’s just the beginning.
For right at the end, we got a real treat. A montage of colourised clips from other Doctor Who episodes including The Dalek Invasion Of Earth, The Tomb Of The Cybermen, The Celestial Toymaker, The Web Planet and The Tenth Planet.
Technically speaking, you can already watch The Dalek Invasion Of Earth in colour, as it was adapted into the second big screen spin-off, Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD, in 1966, which saw Peter Cushing and Bernard Cribbins battle the Daleks in a dystopian future.
The Tomb Of The Cybermen is considered by many to be one of the greatest stories in the history of the show though, featuring the iconic moment where the Cybermen eerily emerge from their frozen slumber. Lost for many years, it was returned to the BBC and first released on VHS in 1992.
It is currently the earliest Patrick Troughton series to exist in its entirety. It also stands as the only complete Cyberman story from the 1960s.
It is possible of course that these clips were only colourised for this clip, in which case Doctor Who fans may well go into a frenzy for nothing. Not that there’s any precedent for that of course. But it could also mean that we may gradually see more and more 1960s episodes get the colour treatment.
You will be able to watch the colourised version of The Daleks on BBC iPlayer shortly. We’ll keep you posted with more Doctor Who news as we get it, of course.