The Web of Fear is being released next year, including an animated Episode 3

Doctor Who: The Web of Fear will be released in 2021 on DVD, Blu-ray and Steelbook next year. And in this new edition, Episode 3 will be animated to complete the partly missing adventure. This has been produced by Big Finish Creative in collaboration with BBC Studios. Meanwhile the animation has been created by Shapeshifter Studios. The involvement of Big Finish Creative follows their recent success with the animated recreation of Fury from the Deep.

The six part The Web of Fear was first broadcast in six weekly parts from February to March 1968. Patrick Troughton stars as the Doctor, alongside his companions Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling). The story sees the friends arrive in an eerily deserted London. Investigating they discover the fearsome robot Yeti patrolling the London Underground while the Great Intelligence (most recently seen in 2013’s The Name of the Doctor) schemes against humanity once more. It also marks the first appearance of the popular character Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) before his promotion to Brigadier.

A special animated teaser has been released, recreating a trailer for The Web of Fear last seen in 1968

 

Originally released as a vanilla edition in 2013, the new Web of Fear completes the story with animation

This DVD/Blu-ray release includes the five existing episodes which were recovered from Nigeria in 2013. It will also include a brand new fully animated reconstruction of the missing Episode 3. The recreated episode combines the new animation from Shapeshifter with home audio recordings of the original soundtrack. These were made by dedicated fans in 1968 in the days before VCRs, and then lovingly restored with modern technology.

But that’s not the only reason to tempt fans to buy the new edition. Because it will likely also feature a new set of extras. Back in 2013, the priority was to get the rediscovered classic to fans as quickly as possible. Therefore the original edition of Web of Fear was a no-frills ‘vanilla’ release. While it’s unconfirmed, it would be very surprising if BBC Studios didn’t take the opportunity of this release to load it with a full set of commentaries, documentaries and other material.

Confirmation of that, along with the release date, is expected soon!

The placeholder cover for the Web of Fear steelbook (c) BBC Studios Doctor Who Second Doctor Patrick Troughton Victoria Waterfield Jamie McCrimmon Yeti Great Intelligence Blu-ray
The placeholder cover for the Web of Fear steelbook (c) BBC Studios

Doctor Who: The Web of Fear

In order to escape an attack in space, the TARDIS makes an unscheduled landing and ends up deep inside the London Underground. Here the travellers soon find themselves engulfed in a thrilling battle with the Great Intelligence and the Yeti, a deadly enemy set to invade the Earth. But as events take a turn for the worse, it becomes clear that the golden prize is not just the Earth, but the Doctor’s mind too…

Doctor Who: The Web of Fear is available to pre-order on DVD, Blu-ray and Steelbook from Amazon, Zoom, HMV and Zavvi in the UK, and from Amazon in the US and Canada.

 

 

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