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December 5th, 2018 114 comments

Doctor Who The Macra Terror DVD

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BBC Studios to release brand new animation of 1967 Doctor Who missing serial The Macra Terror

The 4 x 25 min missing episodes, which were originally part of Doctor Who’s (now mostly lost) fourth season, have been animated for the first time, to be released on DVD, Blu-ray, special edition Steelbook and digital download.

Originally broadcast in four weekly parts from 11th March to 1st April 1967, and starring Patrick Troughton, Anneke Wills, Michael Craze and Frazer Hines, no full episodes of this serial are known to have survived on film.

Fortunately for fans, a complete audio recording of all four parts still exists. Now, 52 years later, the four episodes will be brought back to life through the power of animation, available on disc and digital download, in both colour and black and white, from 18th March 2019.

Anneke Wills says, ‘Back in 1967 “There’s no such thing as Macra!” was the cry; and for many years after there was no such thing as “The Macra Terror”. Now, thanks to the magic of animation, we can see the story come to life again. I can’t wait to see this adventure and how gratifying to have a little more of Ben and Polly’s time with the Doctor available to be seen by new generations.’

The Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and his companions arrive on a human colony in the far flung future. The colony appears to be a giant recreational complex – a holiday camp for rest and relaxation. Everyone looks happy and carefree but all is not as it seems. The colony has been infiltrated and brainwashed by a race of giant parasitic crab creatures called the Macra.

The Macra have only returned once since, 40 years later, coming face to face with the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) in the 2007 episode Gridlock.

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Studios says, ‘After the success of Shada, we were very excited by the possibility of further animations. We are therefore delighted to be able to bring fans these missing episodes in a completely new form.’

Special features for the DVD and Blu-ray release include: Animation Gallery, Behind the Scenes Film and Audio Commentary.

Doctor Who: The Macra Terror will be released on digital download, DVD (RRP £20.42), Blu-ray (RRP £25.52) and special edition Steelbook (RRP £40.84) on 18th March 2019.

A special screening of Doctor Who: The Macra Terror will be held at the BFI Southbank, London on the 16th March 2019. Tickets will go on sale to BFI members on Tuesday 5th February with public sale opening on Tuesday 12th February. Further information will be available soon via the BFI website.

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  • Gordon

    February 11th, 2019 - 1:28pm

    Zoom have listed the dvd blu ray and steel book as being released on the 25th March. Noticed amazon still says the 18th. Wouldn’t surprise me if the amazon date changes.

  • notarealcannon

    January 13th, 2019 - 6:08pm

    Does anyone know when it will be available for pre-order and/or when it will be released in the U.S.?

  • anonimus

    January 9th, 2019 - 3:36pm

    Is there a possibility that a telesnap reconstruction is included with the animation?

  • Anonymous

    December 11th, 2018 - 2:21pm

    Hmmm, just finished listening to Marco polo again. First time in about 14 years I’ve listened to it. A classic? Rather dull actually. Very little happens really. But here’s the thing. If it were animated It might be easier to get through. Trouble is how commercial would a 7 part historical story be? For fans yes, but for the general buying public? It’s a difficult question. As a fan I want Marco polo animated or even better found but as a realist I understand the limited commercial power of this and other stories. Don’t get me wrong I would happily buy it tomorrow but we have to realise that not all who stories may be animated purely down to money issues. Especially when you consider the uncertain economic future of the UK.

  • bob is nice

    December 9th, 2018 - 2:51pm


  • Tim M

    December 9th, 2018 - 8:54am

    I hope the black and white and colour animated versions of ‘The Macra Terror’ are on the DVD release.

    • Anonymous

      December 9th, 2018 - 10:31am

      It’ll be on the bluray like power.

    • Anonymous

      December 9th, 2018 - 10:33am

      Should have added that it would be nice if it was on the DVD but it will be bluray.

  • the silly timelord

    December 8th, 2018 - 6:54pm


  • Anonymous

    December 8th, 2018 - 12:19pm

    how about. WE JUST GET THE CRUSADE OUT OF THE WAY. I don’t care. Just Do A Really Fancy Telesnap Animation, there no one is offended. And then. Do all the other stories. Sorry, I really want all of Season 2 on my self

    • Gordon

      December 8th, 2018 - 12:45pm

      Or how about we just wait till they do things properly rather than rush it out. It’s 1 story that completes a season and thus will likely get done at some point especially if they want a season 2 blu ray set. They may even use part of the season 2 blu ray budget to help fund the crusade animation. It’s not a cheap story to animate. Due to the sheer number of characters sets costumes and locations it would cost more than power and it doesn’t help that it’s a historical. Reign of terror was the worst selling animated story and that was a historical

    • Gareth Pugh

      December 8th, 2018 - 1:18pm

      I wouldn’t be surprised if, when they do reconstruct The Crusade (be it telesnaps or animation) it’s exclusive to the Season 2 BluRay box as a big selling hook for that (at least initially perhaps, maybe standalone formats could follow).

    • Anonymous

      December 8th, 2018 - 8:48pm

      It would have to be a standalone release for me to buy it. If they did do it exclusively in a season 2 bluray set well, it’s a shame but I won’t be buying it. Commercially I think it would have to be released as a DVD, bluray and steel book to stand a chance of making the costs back.

  • rgb

    December 7th, 2018 - 9:50pm

    I hope the cover art matches the rest of the range with the classic logo

    • the macra are better than you think

      December 8th, 2018 - 11:24am

      i think it will match otherwise that would be a bit silly

    • Gareth Pugh

      December 8th, 2018 - 1:22pm

      I’m pretty confident the DVD release will have a reversible sleeve with the new logo on the outside and the old ‘Classic’ (Pertwee/McGann) logo – and design layout – on the inside that you can flip round if you want consistency on your shelf. Much like they did with Power, Enemy if the World etc

    • Robert

      January 11th, 2019 - 12:20am

      Well, look at the Region 4 cover for The Enemy of the World Special Edition. I think that’s how forthcoming Classic Who DVDs will look now

  • doctor in distress #2

    December 7th, 2018 - 6:48pm

    love this dvd

    • doctor whom

      December 7th, 2018 - 7:17pm

      so do i

  • bob

    December 7th, 2018 - 6:00pm

    can’t wait!

    • the silly timelord

      December 8th, 2018 - 11:25am

      neither can i.

  • acefan2005

    December 7th, 2018 - 1:33pm

    doctor whom, thank you very much! I Would really love to see Animal turned into an animation would you!?

    • Anonymous

      December 7th, 2018 - 3:18pm

      Afraid that’s something they will not do. BBC won’t animate a big finish CD story even if it’s based on an unused script

    • Doctor whom

      December 7th, 2018 - 4:15pm

      Thanks, not really as I never seen it

  • prototype dalek

    December 6th, 2018 - 5:02pm

    Pre Ordered my copy, interesting story to animate so will look forward to watching this one.

  • doctor whom

    December 6th, 2018 - 4:08pm

    these are the DVD’s i want from 2019:
    web of fear special edition
    dragon fire special edition
    macra terror
    wheel in space
    pyramids of mars special edition
    evil of the daleks
    daleks master plan
    season 18
    season 19
    season 10
    season 29
    season 13
    season 24
    season 7

    some of these have already been planed.

    • Anonymous

      December 6th, 2018 - 5:11pm

      Being realistic we might get one other animation next year, but I wouldn’t count on it. And I can’t see anymore special editions coming with the possible exception of web of fear. Dragonfire and pyramids already have a reasonable amount of extras so are unlikely to be done. I hope we get another animation on top of macra but I would be a bit surprised if we did.

    • Gordon

      December 6th, 2018 - 5:18pm

      Due to the amount of work each blu ray set takes The limit is 3-4 season sets a year. 18 is confirmed 10 is supposedly coming out later in 2019 and 26 has been confirmed by 1 of the actresses as coming out December 2019. That only leaves room for 1 other release and seeing as Lalla Ward and one of the actresses from city of death were recording extras for that I’d guess it’s quite possibly season 17. Season 19 is out next week. I doubt dragon fire and pyramid of mars will get special editions. They have taken them as far as they can on dvd and they want to keep any special features for the season 13 and 24 blu ray sets. Only way I see a web se is if Phil turns up with ep 3. As much as I’d like to have both evil and masterplan out next year I just can’t see it. Masterplan alone would be at least a years work for the team that worked on power etc so I can’t see it and also you don’t want all your big hitters out in 1 go. Wheel in space is very likely happening but the big question is on if it’s being animated. Sure there is that 10 minute mini ep that is based upon ep 1 (which rob Ritchie says will be going on the macra dvd) but then if they are animating the whole thing why have Jamie in the wrong outfit. Surely would be better to have him in the right outfit as you wouldn’t have to go back and change it when they go to animate the rest of the story. Doesn’t make sense.

    • Anonymous

      December 6th, 2018 - 5:30pm

      I would love to see galaxy 4 animated it would be less animation than some of the longer hartnell stories especially if they use the 6 min existing section from episode 1 to reduce animation further. But much as I would love that I have the feeling that the troughton era is just more saleable. I would buy all the hartnell stories in a shot but at the moment I’ll take what ever we get!

    • doctor whom

      December 6th, 2018 - 5:54pm

      thanks for giving me your thoughts. this was more of a wish list than a prediction.

    • Acefan2005

      December 6th, 2018 - 10:16pm

      That’s good I believe that the wheel in space is going to come out very very soon in America but i would ask for:
      The faceless ones
      The Daleks Master Plan
      Mission to the unknown
      Revisitations 4 (Web of fear special edition, Death to the Daleks special edition & the underwater menace special edition

      I would also like to see season 27 made into animations so then we could see Ace’s exit even tho she Leaves in love & war

    • doctor whom

      December 7th, 2018 - 8:40am

      thats a good idea

    • Acefan2005

      December 7th, 2018 - 1:52pm

      Doctor whom thank you very much would you like to see Animal released as an animation!?

    • Acefan2005

      December 9th, 2018 - 10:22pm

      Do you think the modern series episodes should be made into individual Epiodes & realised story by story so basically:
      The End of the world
      & so on

  • the ergon

    December 6th, 2018 - 3:36pm

    I,m pleased they are animating these missing stories but i would much rather them do the stories with the odd existing episodes first and leave some mystery with the completely lost. Its like has been mentioned, the animation, why,ll fine, isn,t top drawer in the way ‘The Invasion’ was animated by cosgrove Hall.

    • Gordon

      December 6th, 2018 - 6:23pm

      The animations don’t have anywhere near the budget of cosgrove hall either. I’m guessing the choice of missing story comes down to bbc America wanting something they can show on bbc America in colour and widescreen. Power in colour was because bbc America wanted it in colour. If they did a partial missing story it would mean it would probably be in black and white. You also have to take into account that a fully missing story is more marketable. I mean what is more marketable a special edition of underwater menace which has already had a dvd release or a brand new dvd release of Macra Terror which has never been released on dvd before

    • the ergon

      December 6th, 2018 - 8:56pm

      I take your point with regards to the overseas market and it is more economically viable but maybe they could focus on the black and white partial stories for the UK market first. I personally prefer to see these partial stories first and foremost in black and white, in which they were intended even if the colour is optional. I,m just a purist. I will buy this of course and subsequent others, i guess I just miss the Cosgrove Hall style of animation more.

    • Anonymous

      December 6th, 2018 - 10:03pm

      I prefer the black and white animation anyway. That’s the way it was originally done so I’m very happy with that. I’m not bothered about watching the hartnell/troughton era as a colour version

    • Gordon

      December 6th, 2018 - 11:58pm

      The problem is bbc America are heavily involved with financing the animations. They need to see a return in that investment. I’m in the minority but I preferred power in colour. I just found it an easier watch

    • Anonymous

      December 7th, 2018 - 12:22am

      Thing is Gordon that’s fine. If you liked the colour version more – great. I’m happy for a colour version to be done as long as it’s not instead of a monochrome version but as an extra version. If they did two DVD releases say of macra, one monochrome one colour I’d buy the monochrome one but that’s just me. I suppose it’s because I also love b&w movies. It just doesn’t matter to me that it’s b&w.

    • the ergon

      December 7th, 2018 - 12:50am

      Gordon, did you get to see Power when it was transmitted? Sorry if it sounds like i,m prying but just wondered why you enjoyed the experience of a black and white classic in colour, thats all.

    • Gordon

      December 7th, 2018 - 1:39am

      I didn’t see it when it was broadcast but I normally do prefer the animations and episodes being in black and white. However the power animation style I feel lends itself better to being in colour. I totally struggled to get through the black and white version but the colour version felt easier to get through

  • doctor whom

    December 6th, 2018 - 11:54am

    hi when will we get to see the official cover art?

    • Gordon

      December 6th, 2018 - 11:59am

      When it’s ready. I don’t think they are at that point yet

    • Anonymous

      December 6th, 2018 - 5:14pm

      I think if I remember rightly the cover art wasn’t released until shortly before the releases of power and shada so it could be a while yet

  • Duncan Parsons

    December 6th, 2018 - 8:21am

    It would be pretty good if they went back and did the animation for the underwater menace

    • Gordon

      December 6th, 2018 - 11:32am

      I’d rather they focused on things that didn’t already have a dvd on the shelf. The recon is terrible admitedly but the extras for that dvd are good

    • Anonymous

      December 6th, 2018 - 12:44pm

      I agree with Gordon here. Unless they did a boxset of say, the Highlanders and the underwater menace. Otherwise loads of people would complain about the underwater menace being done again. I’d still buy it happily in order to have a fuller version but I’d prefer a few more releases before that one.

    • Steven Taylor

      December 11th, 2018 - 10:24am

      I think if they release a much better telesnap recon of the underwater Menace like by loose canon they could animate another story like the highlanders or something and release it near the same time as underwater then people won’t complain as much because there rereleasing underwater because there will also be an animation

  • Kevin

    December 6th, 2018 - 7:52am

    I’ve ordered mine through HMV as the Amazon links don’t work, only want this on DVD as all my classic Who collection is on DVD so just prefer the same format. 🙂

  • the ergon

    December 6th, 2018 - 12:51am

    I hope philip Morris or paul vanezis have some good news before the 60th. I hope there are private collectors who would relinquish any more classics.These are fine substitutes but there is nothing like the real thing.

  • Anonymous

    December 6th, 2018 - 12:23am

    At the time of posting none of the Amazon links are working but all three hmv links are. Hmv prices are £12.99 for DVD. £24.99 for steel book and £24.99 for blu-ray

  • Anonymous

    December 6th, 2018 - 12:16am

    Ordered via hmv £12.99 for the dvd

    • doctor whom

      December 6th, 2018 - 1:40pm

      best price

  • C’rizz the Cheshire Cat

    December 6th, 2018 - 12:13am

    Have to confess, since Cosgrove Hall died I’ve been a little wary of these animation styles. They seem a little too concerned on mirroring the exact actions than making it look fluid and natural.


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