Patrick Troughton’s final Doctor Who story The War Games is reportedly next in line to be turned into a colour story.
Of the many treats for Doctor Who fans this month, the colourized re-edit of The Daleks is perhaps the most surprising. Terry Nation’s classic story has been edited from its original seven episodes down to a 75 minute colour feature, that’s going to be debuting on BBC iPlayer next week.
Furthermore, a physical media release for The Daleks In Colour has also been earmarked for next February, and you can pick up a copy of it here.
Now though, we learn that taking one black and white story and adding colour to it might just be the beginning. According to a fresh rumour, a second story is already being lined up.
According to The Mirror, so take it with a pinch of salt, The War Games is next in line for the colour treatment.
The ten episode epic concluded Patrick Troughton’s tenure at the Time Lord in 1969, with Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke’s scripts taking The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe through a plot to brainwash soldiers from throughout history as they take part in the titular games on a distant planet. The story is also notable for introducing The Doctor’s race, the Time Lord, properly for the first time.
The BBC hasn’t as yet commented on this, and has previously released The War Games on DVD as well. But presumably, if there’s smoke to this particular fire, the idea will be an iPlayer debut again, ahead of a fresh disc outing. Don’t hold us to it, though.
Doctor Who returns with first 60th anniversary special The Star Beast on Saturday 25th November at 18:30 on BBC One. We’ve got that to look forward to first. But with fresh investment filtering through the Whoniverse – thanks Disney! – there’s clearly the resource to do a lot more than we’re used to.
We’ll keep you posted…