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The Underwater Menace DVD Full Details

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Doctor Who, Underwater Menace

Featuring the imitable Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor and packed with wealth of un-missable extras, Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace will be available on DVD from 26th October.

The Underwater Menace is the fifth serial of the fourth season, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 14 January 1967 to 4 February 1967. The story introduces Jamie McCrimmon’s (Frazer Hines) on his first journey with the Doctor as a travelling companion.

This special release will contain the two re-mastered existing episodes, with the two missing episodes represented with restored audio and surviving stills, as well as over an hour of extras.


Commentary – For episode 1, Interview with actor Michael Troughton Part 2 (from Ice Warriors). For episodes 2 and 3, a commentary with actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Catherine Howe, special sounds supervisor Brian Hodgson and floor assistant Quentin Mann. For episode 4, archive material featuring Patrick Troughton, directors Julia Smith and Hugh David, and producer Innes Lloyd. Moderated and linked by Toby Hadoke.

A Fishy Tale (Feature, dur. 28’ 30”) – cast and crew look back on the making of the story. With actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Catherine Howe, AFM Gareth Gwelan, production assistant Berry Butler and new series writer Robert Shearman. Narrated by Peter Davison.

The Television Centre of the Universe – Part Two (dur. 32’ 10” ) – Yvette Fielding continues her tour of BBC Television Centre in the company of actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Mark Strickson, with contributions from former colleagues along the way. With senior camera supervisor Alec Wheal, AFM Sue Hedden, former BBC producer and writer Richard Marson, exhibitions assistant Bob Richardson, production assistant Jane Ashford and videotape engineer Simon Anthony.


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  • Anonymous

    February 7th, 2018 - 10:02pm

    Nothing in the world can stop me now!

  • stephen lloyd

    January 23rd, 2016 - 11:46am

    can i ask if you don’t mind this dvd the underwater menace what’s been restorted with one of the missing epsidoe is it going to be out in shops on region 2

    • booboo

      January 23rd, 2016 - 12:12pm

      its been out for a while, the missing episode is just telesnaps

  • The Flying Shark

    November 17th, 2015 - 7:16pm

    I got this yesterday as a present, can’t wait to watch it.

  • Pudsy who?

    November 14th, 2015 - 8:42am

    I’m not shure about getting this intl after Christmas I might not Evan buy it then last Time I got a telesnap dvd (the web of fear)
    I didn’t like it don’t get me wrong I loved the story it’s just the quilty I don’t like shame the brigs 1st story wasn’t saved from the ol Bunson burner shame cuase I like the yeti

  • skaroman

    October 29th, 2015 - 7:59pm

    Another feature that the DVD has is the censored clips from episodes 1 and 4. But, for some reason, they weren’t featured in the reconstructions.

    Oh well, at least the DVD has all the materials.

  • Tim M

    October 26th, 2015 - 9:12pm

    Nice to finally have ‘The Underwater Menace’ on DVD. The telesnap versions of parts 1 and 4 are okay, but dig out the loose cannon versions if you can, as they are much better in comparrison. I found it a tad ironic though, that the first line on the booklet inside the inner DVD case says “This is as close as Doctor Who ever got to being a cartoon”…That’s right…parts 1 and 4 SHOULD have been animated, as it’s a story that perfectly fits being partly cartoon! But all in all we can’t really grumble…when it looked like we would never see this story released with a fully restored part 2. Must add that I was happy to see the reverse cover was added…fits better in with the overall collection.

  • whorules

    October 26th, 2015 - 3:38pm

    got it! finally after how many years the underwater menace is out. ok, the recons are very basic, but i’ve got the narrated cd so next time i watch this the cd’s of eps 1 and 4 will be played with the dvd soundtrack off making more sense of the story!

    • David Harding

      October 27th, 2015 - 10:24pm

      The recons are absolutely dreadful, especially part 1. The BBC should be ashamed of themselves for this half assed effort

    • TheDaleksDeath

      October 28th, 2015 - 6:13pm

      Hey David. May I ask what’s wrong with the recons? Also, does episode 1 and 4 contain the titles/credits part?

    • whorules

      October 29th, 2015 - 2:54pm

      very simple recons, just photos and soundtrack. what that means is it’s very hard to know what is happening. eps 1 for example introduces ara in a scene where the doctor stops a guard hitting her. however, the unnarrated soundtrack doesn’t convey that information making ara’s helping the doctor later in the episode seem a bit out of the blue.

    • Doctor RevWho

      November 3rd, 2015 - 4:24pm

      In all of the recons I’ve seen, text runs across the bottom of the screen whenever an action happens, so that the viewer knows what is happening in that scene. However, in these recons, there was no text, so, if you don’t own the CDs and don’t know what is happening in each scene, it is almost impossible to tell what is going on. Although I understand why there was no animation, I don’t see why the BBC couldn’t put some form of effort into these recons. They didn’t even include the title sequences or end credits. It was just the music playing over a photograph in each case. But, as I say, if you own the CDs then you can just listen to those. Or, alternatively, you can watch the superior Loose Cannon recons on Dailymotion. I would say that this DVD is still worth getting since it is the last one we’ll be getting for a while, and the extras are great to watch.

  • Plydoc

    October 25th, 2015 - 11:21am

    Got mine yesterday,fun to watch and brill to finish the collection.

  • Anonymous

    October 24th, 2015 - 7:21pm

    Have all surviving stories of who been released

    • skaroman

      October 24th, 2015 - 11:32pm

      Yep. They have.

      All we have to do now is wait for more missing episodes to be discovered.




    • Rikki Krystal

      October 28th, 2015 - 1:14am

      No,There one episode of web of fear out there,maybe one day it will be returned.

    • DasBjoern

      October 28th, 2015 - 3:58pm

      Erm… there are 96 (I think) more episodes which are in the same status like the gap in “Web of fear”…

      But to answer the main question: There is no officially surviving episode left, that hasn’t been put on DVD 🙂

    • Rikki Krystal

      November 1st, 2015 - 4:19am

      When they found web of fear,all 6 episodes were found,but as we now know,
      One was stolen,that is what i meant,about one episode out there.

    • DasBjoern

      November 3rd, 2015 - 3:37pm

      Oh… that’s what you mean. You’re right then, Rikki.
      I actually hadn’t heard, that episode was discovered and then stolen 🙁

    • Doctor RevWho

      November 3rd, 2015 - 4:27pm

      Let us hope that whoever took it will return it soon. The Web of Fear is a great story and I’d love to see it complete.

    • skaroman

      November 8th, 2015 - 6:10pm

      The Enemy of the World was much better than the Web of Fear though…

  • skaroman

    October 24th, 2015 - 5:30pm

    Booboo. Could you update the Classic Doctor Who DVD interactive list with the image of the Underwater Menace DVD cover please?

  • Gordon

    October 24th, 2015 - 1:10pm

    My copy arrived and have watched the 2 documentaries very nice even though I thought the TV centre one didn’t really fit there but I can’t complain. At least it’s out. The recons are basic as you can get but its not the reason I bought it. The restored version of episode 2 is far superior to the leaked version and the censor cuts aren’t noticeable unlike the leaked version which is very noticeable

  • whorules

    October 23rd, 2015 - 3:44pm

    mine was sent this afternoon

  • Warrior

    October 21st, 2015 - 4:14pm

    Has anyone’s copy been dispatched? Mine hasn’t.

    • Anonymous

      October 21st, 2015 - 5:48pm

      Yes mine has

    • matparks08

      October 21st, 2015 - 8:50pm

      Got mine on Tuesday

    • Warrior

      October 21st, 2015 - 10:46pm

      Mine’s been dispatched! 😀

    • whorules

      October 22nd, 2015 - 7:58pm

      mine hasn’t either

    • David Harding

      October 27th, 2015 - 10:25pm

      Got it on the morning of the 24th

  • Neil Shoebridge

    October 20th, 2015 - 2:33pm

    Amazon are listing this as their #1 Best Seller in TV science fiction. So despite all the reservations over telesnaps it seems to be selling very well.

  • matparks08

    October 20th, 2015 - 9:53am

    Somewhat early…just got my copy this morning. For me, though very glad to see it, it suddenly means 25 years of collecting, first videos and then dvds that that is it…nothing left to get from the past………for now 😉

  • Tim M

    October 17th, 2015 - 7:40pm

    Shame to see that ‘The Underwater Menace’ will have the most basic telesnap recon for parts 1 and 4 on DVD. As I think being the type of story it is, it would have worked perfectly with animated episodes. As ‘The Underwater Menace’ is a very cartoony type of story anyway. I’ll still buy it though…just to complete my collection. But the fact parts 1 and 4 can’t even have opening/closing titles or clips seems a bit fishy to me…and as the last classic series DVD release, it all ends on a bit of a damp squib…pardon the puns! 🙂

    • simonhanlon77

      October 19th, 2015 - 1:18pm

      yeah i was also dissapointed that telesnaps for opening/closing titles are going to be just that. seems odd that they have made no effort at all with this release!!!

    • booboo

      October 19th, 2015 - 1:43pm

      its clear they got it to market as the fans wanted i the cheapest way as to not loose money, especially as many people gleefully point out they have already seen the recovered episode via an illegal upload. It was a cancelled release.

      It wont be a huge seller for them

    • Justin Barnes

      December 20th, 2015 - 11:13pm

      I live in the USA and we cannot get it until March 1st 2016, and to The DW DVD restoration team did not do this DVD.It was canceled and they were disbanded before it was compiled.
      The Underwater Menace DVD was thrown to get on a DVD by BBC Worldwide to Shut Us all up.The Special Features had been done years ago,there was no budget for this DVD for the Restoration Team to doing anything with it,see Doctor Who Magazine Issue #488 article Doctor Who On Home Video Part 3 to get all info.
      Enjoy your Last Doctor Who Classic Series DVD!
      FYI I ordered the UK PAL DVD and still it won’t reach me until Jan 11th 2016! : (

  • Orange Dalek 26

    October 15th, 2015 - 8:03pm

    According to DWM the reconstructed episodes 1&4 won’t include the surviving clips or even the opening and closing titles.

    • TheDaleksDeath

      October 16th, 2015 - 8:24pm

      Now that’s just stupid. Clips I can understand. But no opening/closing credits!?! Sheer poppycock.

    • Gordon

      October 18th, 2015 - 12:27am

      It’s just business. Saving money. No footage or opening/closing means they don’t need to spend money getting the bbfc to classify the 2 reconstructions. The existing footage are elsewhere on the DVD. For bbc ww they fully expect this to lose money. They didn’t want to release it because they expected it to lose it money. They only released this due to fan pressure as this was cancelled. They are spending little as possible so if it loses money it will lose as little as possible

    • Gordon

      October 18th, 2015 - 12:28am

      I don’t agree with the decision but I get the decision

  • #1 Fan

    October 8th, 2015 - 9:41am

    Best episode since Picard left, may the force be with him. RIP in peace.

    • #2 Fan

      October 8th, 2015 - 11:27am

      Beam me up Scotty!

  • Cpl. Hicks

    October 7th, 2015 - 11:02pm

    I recieved a BBC shop email regarding this, and it says contains a previously unreleased episode….I thought both had been released?

    • Sam Richard Bentley

      October 7th, 2015 - 11:19pm

      Oh yeah! That is odd – it could always mean the recons, though I doubt it highly… but then I also doubt that they have found an episode, otherwise we would know by now.

    • whorules

      October 8th, 2015 - 12:23am

      episode 2 has never been released before

    • Sam Richard Bentley

      October 8th, 2015 - 12:58am

      Ah that’ll be it then.

    • Cpl. Hicks

      October 8th, 2015 - 9:53pm

      My mistake, I thought the “lost in time” DVD had both episodes

  • Warrior

    October 7th, 2015 - 4:48pm

    Even though I will be getting this to complete my collection, I think this is really expensive considering it’s only 2 full episodes. Fair point if it were 4 full episodes or the 2 episodes animated, but for 2 reconstructed episodes, I’d price it at £9.

    • Gordon

      October 8th, 2015 - 8:01am

      They tried selling some of the lesser liked stories and 2 parters at that price (timelash black orchid sontaran experiment and 1 or 2 others) and they stopped doing that as they weren’t big enough sellers to continue doing them

  • Grant

    October 7th, 2015 - 9:09am

    £13.99 on BBC site!

    • whorules

      October 15th, 2015 - 3:11pm

      you have to add postage though

    • booboo

      October 15th, 2015 - 3:13pm

      postage is free

    • whorules

      October 16th, 2015 - 3:24pm

      they charged me postage!

    • booboo

      October 16th, 2015 - 3:37pm

      are you in the UK?

      otherwise BBC shop is free posting on everything so you need to contact them

  • SomeFunnyDrWhoReference

    October 6th, 2015 - 2:11pm

    Part one was shown 4 days after I was born… shame it’s still missing

  • prof. Horner

    October 6th, 2015 - 10:56am

    An xmas present from one of my brothers I think.

  • WFK DVD Collector 15

    October 6th, 2015 - 8:37am

    I’m still over the moon this is finally coming out! I’m actually quite excited to see the reconstructed episodes 1 & 4! 🙂

  • thedoctortrash

    October 5th, 2015 - 10:33pm

    Cant wait to get my hands on it!

  • Class 68’s

    October 5th, 2015 - 7:52pm

    Julia Smith the director would go on the create EastEnders

    • Jammy2305

      October 5th, 2015 - 8:11pm

      A Doctor Who fan who’s named themself after the latest UK loco type… You wouldn’t happen to be called Jacob would you? (Because it’s a small world if so!).

    • booboo

      October 5th, 2015 - 8:21pm

      DRS’s Locos, but give me a pair of 20’s any day, see I know my stuff!

    • Class 68’s

      October 6th, 2015 - 3:36pm

      @Jammy2305 haha yes I am.

      @Booboo I like Class 20’s but 68’s are hellfire

    • Class 68’s

      October 6th, 2015 - 3:47pm

      Yes I am Jacob. would love to see a 68 popped up in Doctor Who 😛 Class 20’s are good

    • Jammy2305

      October 9th, 2015 - 7:19pm

      @Booboo You’re a railway-man too? (Hellfire!)

      @Jacob If you haven’t worked out, this is James (I’ll pm you on FB…)

      Class 20’s are hellfire, but for DRS locos, class 37’s any day…

  • Antonio Zambonini

    October 5th, 2015 - 6:31pm

    Excellent 🙂 only trouble though is Marko polo is missing 🙁 really wish that it gets found soon

    • Anonymous

      October 6th, 2015 - 3:20pm

      Who knows if morris ain’t found more episodes as he said if he finds odds and sods he is saying nothing till he is finished.
      He said he’s only announcing full serials.

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