Lost Dr Who series is recreated by film enthusiasts

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SINCE it was broadcast in 1966, Patrick Troughton’s first outing as the second Dr Who has remained unseen by the public – it was wiped by the BBC in 1970.

But a dedicated group of Whovians, as the show’s fans are known, have recreated the classic Power of the Daleks series, using the surviving script.

Nick Scovell from Portchester as the doctor with a pair of Daleks at the console of the Tardis

Nick Scovell from Portchester as the doctor with a pair of Daleks at the console of the Tardis

Nick Scovell, of Romsey Avenue in Portchester, plays the Doctor – a role he has played before, in four productions onstage at the Kings Theatre in Southsea. Nick, 39, said: ‘This was originally a six-parter so we’ve revised it to get it down to an hour. It’s been a lot of fun to do, but we haven’t done this to make any money – it’s a fan film.’

And they used Nick’s place of work as one of their main locations.

‘I’m a front of house manager at Ferneham Hall in Fareham and they very kindly let us use the backstage area and the plant room for a lot of the industrial settings,’ he said.

‘A lot of people have put a lot of time and effort into this, and it’s all been done for free.’

Shot in eight days over the summer, some of the scenes were also filmed at HMS Sultan in Gosport, where the navy even lent them a Merlin helicopter.

They have also roped in Nicholas Briggs, who provides the Daleks’ voice for the BBC, to record their dialogue.

Rob Thrush, the project’s director and a professional film-maker, said: ‘Nick and I have worked on these similar projects at the Kings for years. We have quite a tradition of these, but after the BBC said we couldn’t do this last one on the stage, we thought we would turn it into our swansong.

‘And we thought, if we’re going to do this, we’re going to do it properly.

‘We’ve got seven Daleks in the production, and their owners are thrilled that Nicholas is involved.’

Rob, from Copnor in Portsmouth, is currently working on the post-production at his studio, TNT Films, based in Funtington. The finished film will be put on YouTube next spring.