UN­DER­WA­TER MEN­ACE to Sur­face On DVD At Last?

Starburst Magazine - - Things to Come -

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.

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