“The Tenth Planet” is one of those very important Doctor Who stories which is missing a large chunk from it, specifically, it is missing it’s ending. All that remains are the sound track, a couple of stills, and a brief clip of the transition from the First Doctor to the Second.
The episode was the first to introduce fans to the Cybermen. . .and they really looked a lot different back then:
While the first three episodes of “The Tenth Planet” are still with us, the fourth has not been seen since the 1970′s. Thus, in order to bring the story to DVD later this year, the fourth episode will be animated along with the original soundtrack.
At the Gallifrey One convention this weekend, Dan Hall, who has commissioned the classic episodes for DVD, stated “It’s a real thrill to be bringing such an iconic Doctor Who episode back to life. Without the events established in The Tenth Planet episode 4, there would be no Doctor Who as we know it!”
The episode will be reconstructed using Thetamation, an animation technique which involves collaborators from around the world working online and mixing traditional line drawing with cutting edge compositing, editing, special effects and storytelling techniques.
Thetamation was recently used to re-create the missing fourth and fifth episodes of The Reign of Terror, another First Doctor serial, which was released on DVD in January.
Here is an exemplar image from DoctorWho.tv:
And here are some of the scenes from the episode:
Of course, we’re thrilled that this is going to happen.