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Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace DVD Details

BBC Worldwide have released details of the contents on the long overdue release to DVD of the 1967 story ‘The Underwater Menace’ which hits the shelves on October 26th. This will mark the release of Patrick Troughton’s earliest existing performance in the lead role after Episode 2 was returned to the BBC in 2011.


The TARDIS lands in the lost city of Atlantis, where the crazed Professor Zaroff has convinced the Atlanteans that he can raise their city from beneath the sea. But the Doctor discovers the terrible truth behind Zaroff’s plan – he intends to destroy the entire planet. With the doomsday clock ticking, the Doctor and his companions must battle to prevent the apocalypse…

Episodes 2 and 3 of this adventure feature fully restored picture and audio. The missing Episodes 1 and 4 are presented using photographic stills and a restored soundtrack.

Special Features

  • Commentary with Patrick Troughton’s son Michael (Episode 1), actors Anneke Wills (Polly), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Catherine Howe (Ara), Special Sounds Supervisor Brian Hodgson and Floor Assistant Quentin Mann (Episodes 2 & 3), and archival material from Patrick Troughton, Directors Julia Smith and Hugh David, and Producer Innes Lloyd. (Episode 4). Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
  • A Fishy Tale with Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines, Catherine Howe, Assistant Floor Manager Gareth Gwelan, Production Assistant Berry Butler and writer Robert Shearman look back at the making of this controversial story. Narrated by Peter Davison.
  • The Television Centre of the Universe – Part Two, 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.
  • Programme Subtitles
  • Photo Gallery
  • Digitally remastered picture & sound quality
  • These details confirm that the still missing Episodes 1 and 4 will now not be presented in an animated form but by using existing photographic stills and audio recordings in the same style as ‘The Web of Fear’ Episode 3 was released onto DVD. The commentary and making of documentary recorded in 2013 are also included.

    For all the completionists amongst us it is also with great joy that the second part of ‘The Television Centre of the Universe’ documentary will also be found on the DVD release. The iconic building, where so many episodes of Doctor Who were recorded over the years, was closed in 2013 and it is exciting to hear former staff share their memories.