View Finder: The Power of the Daleks, Mythbusters (almost) returns, No Activity Series 2
All the latest news from streaming services, plus the pick of new shows this weekend.
The Power of the Daleks gets animated
Didn't see this one coming: the BBC has announced plans to remake "missing" classic Doctor Who episode "The Power Of The Daleks" in animated form. The story, the first to feature second Doctor Patrick Troughton, has long been missing from the BBC archives, though complete audio recordings of the soundtrack exist. The animated version will use that existing soundtrack. The BBC has used this approach to fill in "missing" episodes on DVD releases before, but this is the first time an entire multi-episode story has been remade.
The episode will debut as a paid-for download on 5 November, with a DVD to follow. I'd expect this to show up on streaming services eventually, though as a dedicated fan I certainly won't be waiting that long.
Mythbusters' junior trio are coming to Netflix
Remember Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara from Mythbusters, the junior hosts who got to alternate with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman before being unceremoniously dumped in 2014? They're reuniting for White Rabbit Project, which will debut on 9 December (likely 10 December down under) on Netflix. The new show promises to go "down the rabbit hole of the Internet" and investigate a wide range of myths and topics. Sounds fun.
Narcos confirmed for two more series
Series 2 of Netflix's drug drama Narcos only appeared last week, but there is plenty more in store. Netflix has confirmed orders for two more series; we don't yet have a confirmed episode count or release date.
No Activity Series 2 and more Australian goodies from Stan
As we reported earlier this week, Stan has commissioned a raft of original Australian series. First off the rank is its excellent improvised comedy No Activity, which will appear on the service on 26 October.
Promised for next year are four additional shows: Merchants of Misery, The Other Guy, All Thumbs and Chaperones. More details in our full report
Foxtel Play revamping
During the week, Foxtel also announced plans to offer a wider range of content on Foxtel Play (now known as Foxtel Now), with specific tiers for kids, documentary programming and drama, amongst others. We'll be keeping a close eye on what happens as more details are announced ahead of the official December launch.
Key new shows and movies this weekend
It's a relatively quiet weekend for new titles across streaming services. Presto debuts Boogie Nights, Terminal Velocity and Sweet Home Alabama, while Netflix adds Spectre and The Nightmare Before Christmas. On Stan, Restoration and Now Add Honey make an appearance. So potentially a good weekend to work through your backlog.
For the full picture of what's coming to Australian streaming services this month, check out our guide to what's new on Netflix, Stan and Presto in September.
Each week, View Finder rounds up the latest news in streaming TV and movies for Australians.