Underwater Meance to be Animated, Full Moonbase DVD Details

The Underwater Menace DVD will be being animated as had been speculated for some time.

Planet 55 Studios are said to be once again animating the missing episodes of the serial following their successful animation of The Tenth Planet Episode 4 and The Moonbase.

Dan Hall has recently gone on record to say that work was at the very early stages and he was hopeful for a 2014 release, it will likely be the last release from Pup Ltd as both Web and Enemy were done entirely by Worldwide.

The progress of The Underwater Menace seems to have been incredibly troubled, work being commissioned in early 2012 and the extras being ready for grading as early as July 2013. In November of this year Steve Roberts stated that they were waiting for bits of animation to come from Planet 55 after stating that the only unseen thing that the Restoration Team had worked on was The Moonbase and The Underwater Menace. This of course may have been a singular reference to Moonbase alone, but UM was originally suggested by the BBC to have been scheduled for “sometime after April.” Steve has since suggested the delay is at Planet 55’s end, speculating that it may possibly be due to the studio’s ongoing work with their Prisoner Zero cartoon for ABC.

A trailer has been passed by the BBFC and will presumably appear on either The Web of Fear or The Moonbase.

In other news, the final details of The Moonbase DVD extras have also been released:

  • Fully remastered Episodes 2 and 4 with newly animated Episodes 1 and 3.
  • Commentary on Episodes 2 and 4 with Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Edward Phillips and Special Sounds creator Brian Hodgson.
  • Commentary on Episodes 1 and 3 will feature a series of interviews with writer Kit Pedler’s daughters Lucy Pedler and Carol Topolski, archive interviews with producer Innes Lloyd, AFM Lovett Bickford and Cyberman actors Barry Noble, Derek Chaffer and Reg Whitehead. Moderated and linked by Toby Hadoke.
  • Lunar Landing – The Moonbase cast and crew look back on the making of the story. With Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Reg Whitehead alongside production assistant Desmond McCarthy.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Coming Soon
  • Radio Times listings.
  • Programme subtitles.
  • Subtitle Production Notes.

The Moonbase is released on January 20, 2013 in the UK.

4 Comments on Underwater Meance to be Animated, Full Moonbase DVD Details

  1. Underwater Menace will be animated. Sources?


  2. I just realized I should probably explain better. You said Planet 55 are said to be going ahead, but I cannot find anything that confirms this. Is this information I can find online or is it a “source that cannot be named” kind of source?


  3. Surely this is the end for the omnirumour?


  4. I don’t understand how this thread affects the omnirumour (which sounds rather like wishful thinking to me). However reading the various threads it looks like what has actually happened is that a large number of film reels containing BBC episodes have either already been returned to the BBC -or- are in delicate negotiations with a view to this happening. Doubtless these will include other serials as well as DW, and even the DW ones will include some episodes which the BBC has already released on DVD.
    The drift I am getting is that even once the BBC has possession of as many as it can get, there is a -massive- amount of work to do just in working out what has been recovered, and in what state it is in, even before estimates are made of the technical and economic viability of restoring them or animating any residual gap episodes. From the earlier comments in this thread, it sounds like there are even scheduling issues with animation of a few episodes, so we will have a long wait while the BBC do the best they can. I expect the news to eventually be good, but I don’t think even Phil Morris or the BBC yet know exactly what has been recovered, or what is viable yet.
    Anyone care to guess whether Web of Fear ep 3 will be animated for the DVD release? I know it wasn’t on iTunes, but the first release of Tenth Planet (in the box set) didn’t have the animation either.


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