Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace animated screenshot

Doctor Who missing adventure ‘The Underwater Menace’ to be animated

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The partially-missing Season 4 Doctor Who adventure from 1967, The Underwater Menace, will be animated with four new episodes in colour and high definition, released on DVD and Blu-ray.

The original master recordings of all except episodes two and three of The Underwater Menace were lost soon after the programme’s original transmission. However, audio-only recordings of the missing two episodes have survived and have been used to create a brand new fully-animated presentation of this lost classic.

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace animated screenshot

This classic series stars Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor with co-stars Anneke Wills as Polly, Michael Craze as Ben, and Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon.

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace animated screenshot

The Doctor and his friends find themselves in the lost city of Atlantis, where the crazed Professor Zaroff has convinced the people of Atlantis that he can raise their sunken city from beneath the sea. However, the Doctor discovers a terrible secret behind Zaroff’s plan – a secret that could destroy all life on Earth. As the countdown commences to the end of the world, can the Doctor defeat the underwater menace?

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace animated screenshot

All episodes have been animated in colour and black and white, while including original film elements. The two-disc box set also contains special features and unseen exclusive content.

DISC ONE (Main Feature)
Episodes 1-4 – Animation – Colour
Episodes 1-4 – Animation – Black and White

DISC TWO (Special Features)
Episode 1 – Reconstruction
Episodes 2 & 3 – Original 1967 Episode
Episode 4 – Reconstruction
A Fishy Tale – Making of Documentary
Australian Censor Clips
The Man from Miditz
Frazer Hines Introduction for Episode 2 as per the original VHS release
BBC News Report (South Today)
BBC Radio Solent Piece (audio only)
Photo Gallery
Animation Gallery
PDF material including camera script

The Underwater Menace is available for pre-order on DVD, Blu-ray or Blu-ray Steelbook from Amazon, Rarewaves, and HMV for a 13 November 2023 release.