The first episode of the six part animated serial, Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks, aired Saturday. It was something I had been anticipating since I learned it was the first episode after a Doctor had regenerated. To a fan like me, it was a big deal and very historic.
The regeneration video below was used at the end of the episode, "The Tenth Planet", a previously animated four part serial that ended with the first Doctor (William Hartnell) regenerating into the second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). The Power of the Daleks begins with this regeneration.
When the "original" Doctor Who aired, the episodes were usually twenty-five minutes long. This led to stories lasting several episodes. The Power of the Daleks is no different; it lasts a total of six. The one being shown on BBC America lasted thirty-five minutes. Despite that fact, there still seems to be things missing. The running time of the original show, when added up, made for a total of two and a half hours; you can add an extra hour with the new running time. Those lengths make for an allover slow moving action. Plus, if you have never seen the live action episode, the missing parts can cause confusion. There were times you didn't know how characters got from one place to another.
Of course, that wasn't the only confusion. Companions Polly Wright (Anneke Wills) and Ben Jackson (Michael E. Craze) were confused. They had just seen the Doctor change to a seemingly different person with no explanation. They kept asking if he was the Doctor, but he wouldn't answer.
I will most likely keep watching the show as I am hoping it will speed up; with so much time I am sure it will. I am also sure it will have a great end. The Power of the Daleks aired in black and white, but BBC America offers a version in color if you prefer that.
What do you think? Did you enjoy it? Will you keep watching?