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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.’

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.

Special features for the DVD and Blu-ray release include:

  • Audio Commentary: Toby Hadoke presents an audio commentary track on all four episodes of ‘The Macra Terror’, featuring cast and crew from the original 1967 production – Frazer Hines (Jamie), Terence Lodge (Medok), Anthony Gardner (Alvis), Maureen Lane (Majorette) and director, John Davies. Commentary produced by John Kelly and recorded in London on 4th January 2019.
  • Episode Reconstructions: Surviving film frames, fragments of existing footage and set photographs are brought together with the original unedited audio to reconstruct a presentation of the original now lost live-action production of ‘The Macra Terror’, as seen by viewers of BBC 1 in 1967. Produced by Derek Handley. Available to watch with or without an optional narration track read by Anneke Wills.
  • Bonus Mini-Episode: A ten-minute animated short, built around an otherwise lost Doctor Who episode from 1968 starring Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines. Directed by AnneMarie Walsh.
  • Animation Test: Prior to the project being formally commissioned, this short animation test (of a scene from episode 3 of ‘The Macra Terror’) was produced in March 2018, to investigate the feasibility of mounting the production in full.
  • Animatics: A selection of scenes showing how the new animated production of ‘The Macra Terror’ went from initial storyboards to final animation. Storyboard art by Adrian Salmon.
  • Animation Gallery: A gallery of artwork from the development, pre-production and animation of the new animated version of ‘The Macra Terror’, including character art from Martin Geraghty and background paintings from Graham Bleathman, Colin Howard and Lydia Butz.
  • Teaser Trailer: A short teaser trailer animated by Rob Ritchie, produced to promote the announcement of a new production of ‘The Macra Terror’ in December 2018.
  • Alternative Black and White presentation: The full four-part animation is also available to view in an alternative black and white format on disc 2.
  • 1992 Audio Presentation: In 1992, the BBC Audio Collection released ‘The Macra Terror’ on audio cassette, in a special release narrated by Colin Baker. It was the first time that the story had been made commercially available by the BBC and that audio-only release is included here in full.
  • Surviving Footage: Less than two minutes of original footage still exist from the 1967 production of ‘The Macra Terror’. These film fragments have been painstakingly restored and digitally remastered for this release, with considerable improvements made to the overall picture quality and resolution of this unique footage. Film restoration by Peter Crocker.
  • Behind the scenes film: In 1967, during pre-production of ‘The Macra Terror’, film cameras visited the visual effects workshop in Uxbridge where work was underway on construction of the Macra props. Special effects props and models from other Doctor Who stories can also be seen in the workshop, including parts of a Cyberman from ‘The Tenth Planet’ (1966) and an aeroplane from ‘The Faceless Ones’ (1967). This footage is accompanied by a new audio commentary track from Doctor Who visual effects designer and BBC visual effects historian, Mike Tucker, explaining some of the effects techniques and props featured in the film.
  • Censored Scene: A reconstruction of a scene from episode 2 of ‘The Macra Terror’ that was heavily re-edited by censors for the episode’s Australian television transmission in November 1967.
  • Title sequences: ‘The Macra Terror’ saw the debut of a new title sequence for Doctor Who – the first time the programme had made such a change. The title sequence is presented here in full, remastered in HD and in a number of alternative versions.
  • Photo gallery: A collection of 36 photographs taken during the production of ‘The Macra Terror’ in 1967, featuring original design department set photographs and Radio Times publicity images. All presented in HD.
  • Production Paperwork: A full set of original camera scripts, studio schedules, floor plans and other materials are available to view by accessing disc 2 via your computer’s DVD or Blu Ray ROM drive.

Additional extras exclusive to Steelbook:

  • Gridlock: The Macra returned to Doctor Who in 2007, in this episode starring David Tennant and written by Russell T. Davies
  • Audio commentary: Julie Gardner, Travis Oliver and Marie Jones discuss the making of ‘Gridlock’ in this audio commentary track from 2007.
  • Doctor Who Confidential – Are we there yet?: A documentary looking at the making of the 2007 story, ‘Gridlock’.

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  • The Jamie

    March 7th, 2019 - 1:54pm

    Is the steelbook dvd or blu ray?

    • Gordon

      March 7th, 2019 - 2:00pm

      Blu Ray only

  • Anonymous

    March 7th, 2019 - 9:20am

    What version is everyone going to watch first, im gonna watch the black and white version first because thats how it should be viewed and then whenever i feel like watching it again ill check out the coloured version

    • Gordon

      March 7th, 2019 - 10:05am

      Colour because it’s on disc 1 and controversially I preferred the colour version of power over the black and white version. The black and white version just felt a harder watch. The colour added life to it I felt.

    • Anonymous

      March 7th, 2019 - 8:00pm

      Personally black and white first
      It’s honestly better
      This is coming from someone who love black and white more than colour. Strange I know
      But black and white is how it was made and it in colour is truly just mind boggling awful

      Maybe because this one was actually made in colour compared to the power of The Daleks animation it might be better. But honestly power of The Daleks in colour is dreadful. Filled with continuity mistakes and The Daleks are flipped around sometimes. Personally go for black and white

    • Lee

      March 7th, 2019 - 9:38pm

      I completely agree, Gordon. If it’s animation, then I do prefer it being in colour. Even if it isn’t how the show was broadcast, I still think the animations look better in colour.

      Although I’m not a fan of black & white TV shows/films being converted to colour. I’d prefer to watch those how they were originally filmed/broadcast.

      I also think the animations are more enjoyable to watch in colour.

    • DalekAgent

      March 8th, 2019 - 11:55am

      I actually liked the colour version of Power too although i found it annoying that there was some mistakes compared to the black and white version like anonymous said the Daleks were flipped around in some scenes but in the black and white version they were not and i guess The Macra Terror will look better in colour because it was made in colour first

    • Gordon

      March 8th, 2019 - 1:22pm

      Didn’t the black and white version have errors too though? It is worth noting that they only had 6 months to do nearly 2 and a half hours of animation for power. It’s amazing that they even finished it in that time period. Those that worked on it weren’t 100 percent happy with the final product and felt like it needed a few extra weeks to iron out any issues but because bbc worldwide wanted it out by powers 50th anniversary that option wasn’t given to them. Thankfully this time around they have had nearly twice the production time and 4 times the budget so it should be better

    • Anonymous

      March 8th, 2019 - 1:35pm

      So, they had double the time and 4 times the budget to do a 4 part animation compared to a 6 part animation. Ummmm?????

    • Anonymous

      March 8th, 2019 - 3:39pm

      Cost and production time has little to do with run time and more to do with what the content of those episodes is (a lot of characters, sets, costumes, action scenes, etc. can really drive the time up and therefore the cost up).

      One of the most expensive projects to do would be The Crusade and it only has two episodes missing.

    • Gordon

      March 8th, 2019 - 4:00pm

      Power was a lot more basic to do than macra. They have more complex sets more costumes and I think more people that they needed to create. It’s also a bigger team working on it which will bump up costs

  • Anonymous

    March 5th, 2019 - 6:28pm

    Who wants too place bets on what’s the next animation?

    • The 14th Doctor

      March 5th, 2019 - 6:29pm

      The wheel in space.

    • Gordon

      March 5th, 2019 - 8:31pm

      Based upon the criteria of the previous 2 missing stories that were animated (completely missing Troughton that has a monster) I’d go for fury from the deep. Can’t really see them animating wheel next. If wheel was next surely they would have not included the mini bfi ep on Macra Terror. They would have saved that for the wheel dvd. The 10 min mini episode for the bfi was a quick job that only reused existing assets that they had lying around. They didn’t even animate Jamie’s correct costume or did Victoria’s farewell scene. They only used the doctor Jamie and the servo robot which they already had from an animation reel from years back. If they were to do wheel next they would have to redo most of it with Jamie’s costume. Surely whey would have animated Jamie with his correct costume if it was

    • Rob W

      March 5th, 2019 - 9:10pm

      Zoe!s costume in The Incasion was bruefky incorrect. have a had for some time a ore-order but (no release date) for The Wheel In Space.

    • Gordon

      March 6th, 2019 - 10:20am

      But that was done accidentally. This mini episode had his costume deliberately picked out as it was already existing. If that listing of wheel is correct why didn’t they keep the mini episode for that? It fits wheel 10 times better than it does for Macra Terror. With the constant denials of it being animated and being repeatedly told its only being the britbox version that will be on there I’m not getting too excited about animation being on that if that release is even still being planned. We have heard nothing official since it’s something that was listed. I think it will get animated eventually but I don’t think it’s next on the list. There is a good chance that the next animation hasn’t been decided yet. The animation test for Macra Terror was done about 5 months after finishing off shada.

    • Anonymous

      March 6th, 2019 - 2:10pm

      I agree with Gordon about fury but another reason to think fury over wheel is that they seem to be picking completely missing troughton’s rather than stories that have existing episodes. And fury is the only other completely missing monster story. The Highlanders is the only other fully missing tale and I can’t see that coming before fury although I’d be perfectly happy getting highlanders next.

  • Scott

    March 5th, 2019 - 2:19pm

    Looks like HMV will be honouring pre-orders on this as they have sent an email update about change of release date.

    Still haven’t had and updates on Doctor Who The Collection Season 18 Blu-ray. It will be interesting if they now will get stock of this as some have said they received emails to say they wouldn’t.

    Confusing times.

    • Rob W

      March 5th, 2019 - 3:27pm

      Sounds like you’ll also be getting the best price for The Macra Terror Steelbook then Scott – £24.99!

  • Anonymous

    March 5th, 2019 - 8:46am

    I hope they animate evil of the daleks next. I’ve always been interested in that episode.

  • Jonah Waters

    March 5th, 2019 - 12:49am

    So are the just doing these lost stories now? Have they given up on the modern range altogether cos I loved those steelbooks and would prefer for them to finish what they started and just release these in rag cases.

    • Gordon

      March 5th, 2019 - 1:41am

      the team that are doing the animated releases along with the steelbook s for them isn’t the same team that put together the previous new series steelbooks. It’s not an either or thing

    • Haza14

      March 5th, 2019 - 5:11pm

      Do you know anything about the new series steelbooks Gordon and whether that range will be continued? It’s been a while since the Series 3 one came out.

    • Anonymous

      March 5th, 2019 - 6:17pm

      I really need more Lee binding new seri3s steelbooks- not the artist who did the series 3 one

    • Gordon

      March 5th, 2019 - 7:54pm

      Haven’t heard anything either way but I gather the response and sales from the season 3 steelbook was underwhelming

    • Anonymous

      March 6th, 2019 - 6:25am

      Season 4 is such a poplular season with Donna and all, so I figure it would sell really well, especially if they brought Lee back to the the steelbook art.

  • Anonymous

    March 4th, 2019 - 8:59pm

    Love the artwork.

    Must buy

  • Mark Belsom.

    March 4th, 2019 - 8:18pm

    Just had an email from Amazon saying that Macra Terror not out till 1st April.

    • Anonymous

      March 5th, 2019 - 1:36am

      Still says 25th on Amazon

    • Robert Sienicki

      March 6th, 2019 - 6:48am

      April 1st is probably your estimated delivery date.

  • Ryan Croughan

    March 4th, 2019 - 7:03pm

    Ooh, I wonder if this is going to be the first official release of the complete hour long Gridlock confidential? It doesn’t say “Cutdown” in the description so my hopes are high but ready to be disproved when it arrives on my doorstep!!

    • Gordon

      March 4th, 2019 - 7:07pm

      Amazon lists it as cutdown

    • Ryan Croughan

      March 4th, 2019 - 11:47pm

      Ahh drat. I was getting my hopes up as just a single 45 minute episode and a 15 min doc seems such little content to warrant a ‘bonus disc’ with the steelbook. I don’t mind Gridlock being on there but I was hoping there would be something ‘exclusive’ to the bonus disc to make it worthwhile. Do you think they’ll announce any other extras for this disc, or just leave it at that? It just feels like such an odd inclusion as it’s pretty much a given that fans like myself who will be getting the (incredibly beautiful) steelbook would already have the content on the bonus disc! Bar the Macra connection, there seems little purpose in its inclusion as extra content. It’s a completly different ball game to Time Crash being on season 19, which made perfect sense along with the Davison in conversation feature.

    • Gordon

      March 5th, 2019 - 12:19am

      That is the final line up of extras. I agree the bonus disc extras are disappointing however I wasn’t suprised by it after the shada steelbook extras not being anything new. However the artwork more than makes up for it for me.

    • Anonymous

      March 7th, 2019 - 8:04pm

      They seriously need to release a whole collection style set for Series 1 – 4

      with New Looking Back Extras. New 7.1 mixes (Mainly Midnight should get one) Remastering. (Some scenes of the revival were shot in 35mm). The lot. And with the full confindentals (in SD), Totally Doctor Who aswell. Honestly would pay £50 for it!!!

  • Robert Sienicki

    March 4th, 2019 - 6:04pm

    The cover is so beautiful, for the first time ever I regret not collecting steelbooks. But I prefer the classic plastic blu-rays, so what you’re gonna do 🙂

  • Anonymous

    March 4th, 2019 - 3:02pm

    Definitely getting the steelbook over the DVD now, beautiful cover

  • Rob W

    March 4th, 2019 - 2:57pm

    Love the new cover. A very nice 3 disc set and a better price at Zoom and Zavvi (currently £28.99).

  • 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

    • BeeversMaster

      March 4th, 2019 - 2:30pm

      No as the music for this story doesnt exist in full and the production audio doesnt exist either

  • 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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