The animated range makes a long awaited returned this November with The Underwater Menace!

The rumours were true! The animated range is back! The Second Doctor’s partially missing adventure The Underwater Menace will be animated with four new episodes in colour and high definition, coming soon on both DVD and Blu-ray. There’ll also be a special steelbook edition!

BBC Studios continues to offer Doctor Who fans the opportunity to extend their at home collection by announcing the latest release Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace on DVD and Blu-Ray. The two-disc box set contains the fourth series story as well as special features. This classic series stars the Second Doctor Patrick Troughton as well as co-stars Anneke Wills as Polly, Michael Craze as Ben and Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon.

The original 1967 master recordings of all except episodes two and three of The Underwater Menace were wiped soon after the programme’s original transmission. However, audio-only recordings of the missing two episodes survived thanks to the dedication of fans who had made their own home recordings. Now fully restored, they’ve been used to create a brand new fully animated presentation of this lost classic. And of course, modern viewers will have the option to discover the story through the two surviving episodes combined with special reconstructions of Episodes 1 and 4 using the soundtrack and ‘telesnaps’ (the 1960s ancestor of modern screengrabs!)

This story sees these characters navigate through their adventures in the underwater city of Atlantis where they meet with Professor Zaroff, who plots to destroy the Earth by draining the oceans. Fans can expect a super jam-packed series bursting with unseen exclusive content. All episodes have been animated in colour and black and white, whilst including original film elements.

Check out the trailer for the new animation:

Disc One

  • The Underwater Menace – Colour Animation of all four episodes
  • The Underwater Menace – Black and White Animation of all four episodes

Disc Two

  • The Underwater Menace – with surviving Episodes 2 and 3, and reconstructed 1 and 4
  • A Fishy Tale – Making of Documentary
  • Australian Censor Clips
  • The Man from Miditz
  • Frazer Hines Introduction for Episode 2 from the original VHS release
  • BBC News Report (South Today)
  • BBC Radio Solent Piece (audio only)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Animation Gallery
  • PDF material including camera script


Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace will be available for fans to buy from November 2023.


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