BBCDVD 3691 Doctor Who - The underwater menace DVD

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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 3691
Sleeve picturePicture of BBCDVD 3691 Doctor Who - The underwater menace DVD by artist Geoffrey Orme from the BBC records and Tapes library
TitleDoctor Who - The underwater menace DVD
ArtistGeoffrey Orme
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label code-
Item deleted?No
BBC3 label
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Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi View all other tracks listed as Dramas - Sci-fi.
Run-off codes / Shop bar codesBBCDVD3691L1 01
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Below is a list of tracks for this release.
Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1Part 124.18
A2Part 225.00
A3Part 324.09
A4Part 423.20
A5A fishy tale - Making the Underwater Menace28.25
A6The Television Centre of the universe - Part two32.12
A7Censor clips - From parts 1 and 40.45
A8Photo gallery1.51
Total length of media 2:40:00.

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Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor)
Anneke Wills (Polly)
Michael Craze (Ben Jackson)
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Joseph Furst - Zaroff
Colin Jeavons - Damon
Noel Johnson - King Thous
Tom Watson - Ramo
Peter Stephens - Lolem
Gerald Taylor - Damon's Assistant
Catherine Howe - Ara
P.G. Stephens - Sean
Paul Anil - Jacko
Roma Woodnutt - Nola
Graham Ashley - Overseer
Tony Handy - Zaroff's Guard

Written by

Geoffrey Orme

Produced by

Innes Lloyd

Directed by

Julia Smith


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 pictutre and audio. The missing episodes 1 and 4 are presented using photographic stills and a restored soundtrack.


This is as close as Doctor Who ever got to a cartoon.It's unashamedly barking; the lost city of Atlantis, Fish People, a mad scientist, the end of the world. There's even a moment of high peril as the Doctor and his companions are suspended over a shark tank - you could be forgiven fpor thinking you've tuned into 1960s Batman. You may wish you had.

In one of the maddest Doctor Who stories ever, writer Geoffrey Orme reimagines the programme as a heightened comic-bster movie on a shoestring budget, It's a bold move; one which has divided fans since 1967.

There is still much to enjoy however; Patrick Troughton is finessing the role of the Second Doctor are there are some wonderful character moments throughout. Frazer Hines, shoehorned into the script after his last-minute addition to the TARDIS crew, is utterly likeable in the role of Jamie (his stronger Scottish accent will soon wear off), and Joseph Furst's Zaroff is deliciously OTT. On the downside, lovely Anneke Wills is criminally underused (writer Orme giving her character a personality transplant instead of gills) and the plot is utterly mental.

For years, Episode 3 of this story was the lone survivor, until 2011 when Episode 2 was returned by private collector Terry Burnett. We love him. Episodes 1 & 4 remain missing, but have been recreated using photographer John Cura's wonderful off-air stills and a restored soundtrack. Finally we can complete our Doctor Who DVD collections with this special release.

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