It appears that The Underwater Menace may not be released on DVD this year after all!
After a second episode was discovered in 2011 (!), The Underwater Menace was supposedly due for release on DVD last year before being bumped onto this year’s schedule. But according to the BBC DVD Enquiry Line, it’s been removed from the 2015 schedule too! The BBC Consumer Products department have since released this statement:
“We appreciate that some Doctor Who fans are disappointed that we have not yet been able to release The Underwater Menace on DVD. We would like to reassure everyone that we are currently reviewing the best way to bring fans more Classic Doctor Who titles. Please bear with us – we’ll let you know more as soon as we can.”
The Classic Doctor Who DVD range ended more than a year ago now, concluding with The Web of Fear in February 2014. But Anneke Wills, who played companion Polly Wright in the serial, recently showed her frustration on Facebook.
Further annoyances came last year: despite the trailer for the Second Doctor adventure appearing on the DVD of The Moonbase, the restoration team admitted that, to them, the range appeared pretty dead; and secondly, while fans expected the remaining two lost episodes to be animated, it now looks likely that that’s not happening either…
At the time of writing, the petition to BBC Worldwide asking for The Underwater Menace‘s release has reached over 1,650 signatures. Right now, it’s probably the best we can do for now.