Hot on the heels of the release of the new ‘special edition’ of the original 2016 animated version of Patrick Troughton’s 1966 debut Doctor Who serial ‘Power of the Daleks’, long absent from the BBC Archive in their live-action form, the BBC have today announced the full details for the next release in their schedule of animations of ‘missing’ classic serials.
The next release is one of the great sought-after stories from the show’s long canon and hails from 1968, in the middle of Troughton’s second season in the starring role. Fury From The Deep is told across six episodes and co-stars Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling as the Doctor’s trusty companions Jamie and Victoria, and concerns a colony of sentient, parasitic seaweed, last seen in the eighteenth century, returning to attack a number of gas instillations in the North Sea in an attempt to take over humanity.
Following the success of earlier animations The Power of the Daleks, The Faceless Ones, Shada and The Macra Terror, Fury From The Deep fills another gap in missing Doctor Who content lost in the purge of the BBC’s archive in 1975. The three-disc release gives fans the opportunity to enjoy Fury From The Deep in high definition, either in full colour or in black & white.
Animated episodes from Big Finish Creative Limited in association with Digitoonz Media & Entertainment and Thaumaturgy are joined by a wealth of exciting extras including A ‘making-of’ featurette entitled The Cruel Sea - Surviving Fury From The Deep which sees original cast members Frazer Hines, June Murphy and Brian Cullingford revisit filming locations with production assistant Michael Briant, assistant floor manager Margot Hayhoe and helicopter pilot Mike Smith. Other contributors to this segment include writer Victor Pemberton and actress Deborah Watling. Also included will be an archive audio interview with director Hugh David and surviving clips from the originated transmitted 1968 episodes.
Additional supplementary material will include audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes 8mm footage, an animation feature, archive interviews with Peter Day and Victor Pemberton, teaser trailer, photo gallery and 1966 BBC radio drama The Slide written by Victor Pemberton.
Fury From The Deep will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Steelbook on September 14th and is available for pre-order now.