Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace Unboxing

In Features by Samuel Love

Continuing BBC’s efforts to restore and recreate Doctor Who’s lost adventures using animation, this new edition of 1967’s The Underwater Menace utilises the surviving audio-only recordings of missing episodes to create an all-new fully animated version of the story. These releases have proven themselves to be real treats for Doctor Who fans, unearthing Holy Grails of the series and making them available often for the first time ever. This is another belter of a release and the gorgeous Steelbook will be like catnip to collectors.

Patrick Troughton stars in this recreation of a lost classic from 1967. The Doctor and his friends find themselves in the lost city of Atlantis, where the crazed Professor Zaroff has convinced the people of Atlantis that he can raise their sunken city from beneath the sea. However, the Doctor discovers a terrible secret behind Zaroff’s plan – a secret that could destroy all life on Earth. As the countdown commences to the end of the world, can the Doctor defeat the underwater menace?

The original 1967 master recordings of all bar episodes two and three of ‘The Underwater Menace’ were lost soon after the programme’s original transmission. However, audio-only recordings of the missing two episodes have survived and have been used here to create a brand new fully animated presentation of this lost classic.


  • Previously unreleased 1964 drama starring Patrick Troughton and Joseph Fürst
  • Audio commentaries
  • BBC News extracts
  • Animation and photo gallery