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December 7th, 2018 45 comments

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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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  • Matt P

    February 11th, 2019 - 1:01pm

    5 weeks today……but still no cover, and with the next blu ray box set delayed till March I wonder if this release will be affected?

    • booboo

      February 11th, 2019 - 1:07pm

      there is a cover going around but not released by the BBC so we don’t know if its just for the steelbook

    • Gordon

      February 11th, 2019 - 2:17pm

      Zoom has got a release date of 25th March so it wouldn’t be too surprised if it gets pushed back a week so that they don’t have 2 big who releases so close to each other. Shada steelbook cover and info weren’t revealed until about 3 weeks before so I don’t think there is anything to worry about just now. The next issue of dwm has a preview of it so we should find out by then

  • Anonymous

    December 22nd, 2018 - 6:00pm

    Does this contain a 5.1 Surrond Mix

  • Anonymous

    December 10th, 2018 - 3:29pm

    Great to see them doing these missing though.

  • Anonymous

    December 10th, 2018 - 10:43am

    Any other news about whether this will contain both colour and black & white versions?

    • booboo

      December 10th, 2018 - 10:51am

      the press release within the email did not mention it, however an attached press release said the following

      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.

      we don’t know if that’s across all formats though

    • Anonymous

      December 10th, 2018 - 3:28pm

      Just hope they don’t do that sneaky thing where you buy one then a month later there’s another edition with both versions!

    • Gordon

      December 11th, 2018 - 2:04am

      To be fair the Steelbook version of power was announced before the release of the dvd

    • xx_random_doctor_who_fan_xx

      December 11th, 2018 - 10:30am

      it will prob have colour i mean evil did have a colour version and i dont know if you did not notice but there are colour fotos of the story why go thru the hassle of making just 2 colour fotos

    • Rob W

      December 11th, 2018 - 11:37am

      I have an email from the BBC confirming both DVD/BD contain the B/W and Colour versions.

    • Anonymous

      December 11th, 2018 - 4:05pm

      That’s useful Rob, can go ahead and order it now.

    • Anonymous

      December 11th, 2018 - 4:35pm

      any clue if the steelbook has an extra disc like shada??

    • Rob W

      December 11th, 2018 - 6:53pm

      Could booboo send a polite enquiry to:-

      may reap some answers. I’d hate for everyone to swamp the poor lass with the same enquiries…

    • booboo

      December 11th, 2018 - 6:59pm

      will ask luke

    • Anonymous

      December 15th, 2018 - 5:47pm

      I’d still like to know if the new series steelbook line will continue cause I loved the ones they did so far

  • Alan Silvester

    December 7th, 2018 - 10:36am

    £40.84 on Amazon! Only £24.99 on HMV. Think Amazon need to sort it out!

    • booboo

      December 7th, 2018 - 10:42am

      they will, Amazon always start with RRP the drop the price

    • Rob W

      December 8th, 2018 - 4:50pm

      The Amazon price has now been matched so you can order with confidence.

    • Colin

      December 8th, 2018 - 8:35pm

      I’m sure every time a steelbook goes up this same conversation happens haha

    • Darren Clarke

      January 13th, 2019 - 12:26pm

      HMV has gone into administration and amazon has put prices back up same for Doctor Who – The Collection – Season 18 not sure if price will stay the same but just an heads up to anyone with pre-orders , we should get emails from amazon if this is the case .

    • Gordon

      January 13th, 2019 - 1:00pm

      Amazon have a low price guarantee so if the price you pre order drops or rises you still pay the lowest

  • GuyTheZygon

    December 6th, 2018 - 10:07pm

    With the Blu-ray complete box sets in mind, it would make most sense animation/reconstruction-wise to focus next on Marco Polo, as all other stories in Season 1 are already available. Or The Crusade as only that needs doing for a full season 2 box set. Or The Space Pirates as doing just that would enable a full season 6 box set.
    Season 5 needs Abominable Snowmen, Fury From The Deep and Wheel in Space to make the season complete, whereas it would require The Smugglers, The Highlanders, The Faceless Ones and Evil of the Daleks all animating to enable a full classic Season 4 release.
    Most unlikely box set of all would be classic season 3 as this would require no less than six stories completing: Galaxy 4, Mission to the Unknown, The Mythmakers, The Dalek Master Plan, The Massacre and The Savages…

    • Anonymous

      December 6th, 2018 - 10:42pm

      Let’s not give up hope on Marco Polo. It may have already been found (likely anyway).

    • Dalek Eye Stalk

      December 9th, 2018 - 8:59am

      I really hope Philip Morris has found/find at least one complete story from Season 4.

  • Alvin Amey

    December 6th, 2018 - 9:11pm

    I’ve just ordered the steelbook from Zoom for £26.09 by using their 10% code, I know HMV have it cheaper for £25 but Zoom have saved me a lot of money over the year with their discount sales.

    If animated Macra Terror is as good as the animated Power of the Daleks then I am going to be very happy

    • Rob W

      December 8th, 2018 - 9:39am

      You’ll probably get the Steelbook on Saturday 14th, HMV orders will probably then too.

  • Sambot22

    December 6th, 2018 - 6:46pm

    Zavvi now has all formats to preorder

  • Anonymous

    December 6th, 2018 - 5:22pm

    I hope ‘the evil of the daleks’ is next.

  • Tim M

    December 6th, 2018 - 10:08am

    I did prefer ‘The Power of the Daleks’ in colour. So I’m really looking forward to seeing ‘The Macra Terror’ in colour. I think where a story is completely missing it should be animated in black & white and colour. If it’s part animation, part live action then the animation should remain in black & white. It would be far too jarring otherwise.

  • Cymon

    December 6th, 2018 - 5:47am

    The Amazon links are not up yet but the HMV ones are. They are charging
    £24.99 for the steelbook
    £17.99 for the blu ray
    £12.99 for the dvd

    Amazon prices ma/y be higher but they will drop before the release date and you pay the lowest price
    The steelbook is limited so book early to avoid disappointment
    Amazon and HMV take payment just before they dispatch the goods unless you pay by PayPal which is taken straightaway

    • Rob W

      December 6th, 2018 - 9:53am

      Amazon cancelled my Steelbook UHD of 2001: A Space Odyssey as they did not get stock from their supplier, I did get a copy from HMV who also get my order for this. £25 is a good price given it’s a limited edition.

  • Mark Seven

    December 6th, 2018 - 1:02am

    This is the best thing since… not sliced bread but Power of the Daleks! I will be counting down the days.

  • Jonathan Dolan

    December 5th, 2018 - 9:26pm

    I’m absolutely delighted that they’re continuing with the animations. It’s a shame it wasn’t out for Christmas but at least it’s something to look forward to. I’m also over the moon it’s Macra, this has been one of my most wanted missing stories for ages.

  • Luck4Unow

    December 5th, 2018 - 1:56pm

    Will both B&W and colour versions be on the regular Blu Ray or only on the steelbock ala Power of the Daleks?

    • MJS

      December 5th, 2018 - 5:09pm

      I’d assume so. Hence the price difference.

    • Rob W

      December 5th, 2018 - 6:29pm

      confirms the animation has been done in both black and white and colour.

    • booboo

      December 5th, 2018 - 6:52pm

      more than likely , but the press release in the email is different from that quoted and doesn’t contain this information

    • Mark Belsom.

      December 5th, 2018 - 7:00pm

      Both colour and B&W are on the power of the Daleks Blu-ray.

    • booboo

      December 5th, 2018 - 7:07pm

      more than likely , but the press release in the email is different from that quoted and doesn’t contain this information

  • bryan

    December 5th, 2018 - 1:12pm

    Behind the Scenes Film !!!. I didnt realise there was any (original) BTCF ,so is this newly found or behind the scenes on the animation?

    Excoiting times,and a bumper Time for DVD,Blu Ray fans of Classic Who. Now, Feb is Tom Season 18, March is Macra, So April is ? my Birthday month, So come on lovely people at BBC Studios 😉

    • Anonymous

      December 5th, 2018 - 10:02pm

      It’s most likely behind the scenes of the animation team. Although original would be great.

  • The Flying Shark

    December 5th, 2018 - 1:04pm

    Is there going to be anything else in this steelbook to justify the extra £15. Maybe another disc with a telesnap recon as well, or a colourised version? Or will it be like Power, with the DVDs as well?

  • Alvin

    December 5th, 2018 - 12:55pm

    Wow this is awesome news

  • Sean Bassett

    December 5th, 2018 - 12:10pm

    Fantastic news. Now just get the rest of the missing episodes animated, and we can have complete Hartnell and Troughton seasons on Blu-ray.


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