UNDERWATER MENACE to Surface On DVD At Last?
The on-again/off-again status of the proposed DVD release of episodes two and three of 1967 Patrick Troughton serial The Underwater Menace (episode two was returned to the BBC Archive in 2011), the last episodes from the ‘classic’ series yet to be made commercially available by the BBC, is almost certainly more interesting than the story itself. The episodes were initially slated for release on DVD in 2014, with the missing parts expected to be recreated via animation in the style of previous incomplete serials such as The Invasion and The Ice Warriors. However, in February this year, BBC Worldwide confirmed that the DVD had been removed from their release schedule and as recently as June it appeared that there were absolutely no plans for the disc – for which supporting ‘special feature’ material was filmed and recorded some time ago – to be made available. At the beginning of September, the disc suddenly appeared as a pre-release on the BBC’s online store and shortly afterwards the BBC formally confirmed that the DVD will receive a UK release on October 26th. It is understood at this stage that the missing episodes will be represented by ‘Telesnap’ (on-screen images captured photographically at the time of the story’s only UK transmission) reconstructions rather than the planned, more costly, animation.