Richard Bignell has said over at Gallifreybase that "They're all moving footage, each 11 or 12 frames long, that came out of the 35mm film camera for the Ealing sequences." Apparently they are NOT from the actual episode, they are film trims. It was mistakenly advertised as "photos used to test lighting conditions" which seemed strange to me. The change in lighting is due to the camera shutter closing.
Hmm, subsequent to that quotation, in last year's thread on Aug 2, Richard Bignell added:
Well, given the fact that it now appears that they aren't trims but re-photographed film inserts with different exposure settings on each frame, they very probably are sequences used in the episodes, as per the "Daleks conquer and destroy" sequence.
Before I do though can anyone who has the Special Edition confirm if those superb colour photographs from the Dodd estate are included here too? Can’t think why they wouldn’t be but you never know...
They are in this case, but just because something exists, it doesn't mean that it can automatically be used on the DVD/Blu-ray range. Sometimes we don't know who the owner is, sometimes we're not given permission, sometimes the costs involved are too high and so on.
So, whilst Derek Dodd's images are on the Special Edition, you won't, for example, find any of the old colour press photos from the filming of Power on the release as the photo agency's prices are too exorbitant for the budget.
The animation, in places, is much improved, and the grade more in line with the subsequent animations (more shades of grey), but disappointingly there are still errors that have gone unfixed (Hensell's name badge and insignia swap places on his tunic with reckless abandon, as per 2016, and the parting in Ben's hair still can't seem to decide whether its on the left or the right) and the aliasing is still very noticeable. That's a shame, but at least some of the less convincing elements have been greatly improved, particularly the first half of Part 1. Sadly though, it's still the colour version that pulls me in more than either attempt in B/W.
The special features package is, however, worth the purchase price on its own. The Whicker's World is fabulous (and is complete with many interviewees who interest me; Nation, Subotsky, Lee, Harryhausen for starters) and it's an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to see what survives of Troughton's Robin Hood. What passed for a cliffhanger in 1953 has to be seen to be believed; not exactly the sort of hook to bring audiences desperate to find out what was going to happen next week! The local news footage is also fascinating to see.