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Underwater Menace Dead In The Water

Pass out the black armbands… The dvd range is, sob, dead! At least, that’s if you believe Steve Roberts, Restoration Team member and omnirumour ripperupper.

A couple of days ago the news hit the net, Underwater Menace was up for pre-order on amazon! Awesome, right? There was nothing listed as far as episodes one and four that are currently missing from the BBC archive. Would they be animated like we all thought and hoped? Or were they to be cheap reconstructions that would do nothing but anger fans who are sure there are more missing episodes to come? Certainly the original episodes 1 and 4 weren’t to be included. At least, they wouldn’t tell us yet even if that were to be the case. So the debate started back up on the forums, facebook groups and the amazon comments. It was an exciting step forward, progress that could be tangibly seen at last.

And then Steve Roberts had to rain on the happy parade with this comment on facebook

Well], we’re the team that remasters the episodes for DVD release and even we don’t have a clue what’s going on with TUM now. From where we’re standing, it’s looking like the range is dead.”

Taken from: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-The-Underwater-Menace/19865#ixzz33alI6L00

So what are we to believe? If the BBC has cancelled the release of The Underwater Menace, and are not even attempting to do something with The Crusade then we as fans are being severely mistreated. I don’t think it’s entitlement to want something that you were told you were going to get. I don’t think it’s entitlement to be bitter and angry and incredibly disappointed if the BBC couldn’t get those last two dvd’s out for us and instead just arbitrarily declare the range dead.

But if we have learned anything from the ongoing omnirumour saga, it’s to take nothing at face value. I won’t be writing my eulogy on the dvd range just yet. Instead I am living in hope that maybe more episodes have been discovered and that we will see them someday.

American Home For Classic Who

It’s not always easy finding classic Doctor Who on tv. Just a few months ago the Horror Channel started showing some of the classics in the UK and there was an announcement Wednesday of a similar deal for the US.

Retro TV has signed an agreement with BBC WW NA (that’s BBC World Wide North America, in case you didn’t know) for the broadcast rights to Doctor Who covering  “just under 500” episodes from 1963- 1989 featuring Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Baker, Davison, Baker and McCoy. No word yet on whether Enemy Of The World and Web Of Fear will be included.

Matthew Golden, Luken’s Vice President of Production, said,

“We couldn’t be more excited to make legendary classic episodes of Doctor Who available nationwide. The series is an institution, and we’re proud to give fans new and old the opportunity to experience this groundbreaking series from the very beginning.”

The show will make its Retro TV debut this summer.

Monday Morning News Round Up- May 12

Greetings! Here’s what you may have missed over the past week if you didn’t spend every waking moment online searching for Doctor Who news and opinion… Remember, to stay up to date, follow @troughtonsmydoc and get the news as it happens!

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Mother’s Day!

What does this have to do with Doctor Who? Well read it and find out. Okay, yes, it is a bit of a puff piece, but so what…

New Doctor, Familiar Location!

Series 8 is taking the Doctor back to somewhere the he visited a long time ago, 1984 to be exact…

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Interview with Rob Lloyd, host of The Science of Doctor Who

Andrew had a chance to sit down with Rob and talk about all things Who!

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Getting Into the Thick Of It

Can’t wait for Capaldi’s first regular appearance? Neither can Andrew, that’s why he dove into Peter’s other big show, having a marathon viewing!

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The Quest For 1000

The Quest is the quest, as they said in Underworld. And the Doctor Who Missing Episodes Group on Facebook is on a quest to reach 1000 members. Did they make it yet?

We had a couple of Polls this week, both of them related to the omnirumour. First up, did the article in DWM a couple weeks ago change your mind about anything? And more recently, do you think a kickstarter fund would be a viable option that fans could use to help get possible missing episodes returned faster? If you haven’t voted in one or both of those polls, please, go ahead, make your voice heard!

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William Hartnell famously breaks ‘the fourth wall’

Missing Episodes: Season 3 part 2

On the topic of missing episodes, Andrew looked at the latter half of season three, from The Feast of Stephen right through to the War Machines.

Well, I think that’s about it for this past week! We also started #FanProducedFriday in which we highlight fan productions to bring more viewers/listeners to worthy causes. If you have a project you would like mentioned, email dcollins@troughtonismydoctor.com or tweet that hashtag at us with a link to your project!

Monday Morning News Round Up- May 5

Welcome to another wonderful Monday morning. Just in case you were out enjoying the real world and missed some of our amazing stories last week, here’s a recap for you. Don’t forget to follow @troughtonsmydoc to get the news as it’s happening!

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OMNI Denied!

We might as well start with the biggest news coming last week. In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine they published an article with statements denying the omnirumour!

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Bold Prediction?

Everyone involved with the omnirumour has been shying away from making predictions about the next announcement, but TIMD is confident that we can predict when it’s not going to happen.

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Underwater Menace Update Redux

Also in that DWM article was a little snippet about the fate of Underwater Menace. Recon? Seriously?

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Omnirumour Executed

With all the serious stuff being talked about, Martin decided we needed a little laughter in our lives, so he takes a look at the ‘death’ of the omni.

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German Bluray Update

There’s been a development in the German bluray release of Adventures in Space and Time. It had a release date and special features announced.

#FanProducedFriday

TMID decided to start its own twitter hashtag to promote some fan initiatives involving Doctor Who. If you have something you want us to talk about, just tweet that hashtag to @troughtonsmydoc and we will take a look!

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Doctor Who Dark Journey

Speaking of #FanProducedFriday, I talked to MA Tamburro the Director and Producer behind the project where the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes team up to defeat Jack The Ripper.

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Time To Run

And here’s one more fan project, the Time Run, from @thymerun. This is a video that features footage of David Tennant running set to different songs. Today marks it’s launch, so be sure to check it out!

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Last, but far from least, Al Miller brought us another Podcastrovalva, ‘Traveling the Vortex’

Underwater Menace Update

So, after everything that has been said this month regarding  Underwater Menace we get an article today from Doctor Who Magazine in which every party that might have their fingers in any missing episode pie strongly denies having ownership of any more missing episodes. Toward the bottom of the article they briefly mention UWM stating that it will be out later this year with the missing episodes reconstructed using production stills.

This of course has led to many questions like, is the omnirumour dead? If they are just putting out a reconstruction why do we have to wait so long? What about the animation that was rumoured to have been started and abandoned? And what about The Crusade? All very valid questions that aren’t answered in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine.

Kudos has to go to the Doctor Who and the tardis- Classic Years facebook page that broke this story a couple of weeks ago, even if they took it down quickly. All their info turned out to be right!

 

The Wish Fulfillment Quiz

Quiz time again!

I won’t even call this an omni-quiz since there’s a lot of hard feelings and doubt going around at the moment. So instead let’s call this a wish fulfillment quiz! Which of the first six seasons would you most like to see completed?

Season 1- Missing Marco Polo (7 episodes) and Reign Of Terror 4 and 5

Season 2- Missing Crusade 2 and 4, a few bits and pieces from Time Meddler

Season 3- Missing Galaxy 4 episodes 1, 2 and 4, Mission To The Unknown, The Myth Makers (4 episodes), The Daleks’ Masterplan 1, 3, 4, 6-9, 11 and 12 (yes I’m including Feast Of Steven, this is wish fulfilment after all), The Massacrew of St. Bartholomew’s Eve ( 4 episodes), The Celestial Toymaker 1-3, The Savages (4 episodes) and a few bits and pieces from The War Machines

Season 4- Missing The Smugglers (4 episodes) The Tenth Planet 4, The Power Of The Daleks (6 episodes), The Highlanders (4 episodes) The Underwater Menace 1, 4, The Moonbase 1, 3, The Macra Terror (4 episodes) The Faceless Ones 2, 4-6, The Evil Of The Daleks 1, 3-7.

Season 5- The Abominable Snowmen 1, 3-6, The Ice Warriors 2, 3, The Web Of Fear 3, Fury From The Deep (6 episodes), The Wheel In Space 1, 2, 4, 5

Season 6- Invasion 1, 4, The Space Pirates 1, 3-6

So there you go. If you could have a wish fulfilled, which season would you most like to see complete?

UPDATE ON UNDERWATER MENACE

So yesterday there was a facebook statement regarding The Underwater Menace. The statement from “Doctor Who and the Tardis- Classic years” caused a lot of happiness, but it was quickly taken down. I sent a message to the group responsible for the post asking for clarification. Was it all just a wind up? Some sort of joke?

They got back to me earlier today with this:

Sorry about that, Dan. It wasn’t a wind up, but we were informed that our information may have been incorrect, so we’re investigating further

So there you go. I had always thought that they posted their information in good faith. The group has 45,000 likes and it seemed weird to jeopardize that fan base by pulling a stunt or wind up that might anger people.  Who knows, maybe after investigating they can give us more solid information? One can only hope. Until then…

UPDATE- Omni Bite – Underwater Menace

After all the rumours swirling about the animation of The Underwater Menace being cancelled or delayed, there has been an unofficial facebook announcement by Doctor Who and the Tardis-Classic Years claiming that they received word from 2Entertain that the DVD is expected to be released this Autumn. There is no firm date yet, but that we should expect an announcement  later this month.

Of course, this is still far from official. It’s just a fan facebook page, not an official source. But if what they say is true, it presents a couple of different options.

Number one, that the animation was really just delayed, not cancelled as many believed, and that the animation company Planet55, really did just need some extra time to get it finished. You can read more about the animation conspiracy. I, and many more like me, think that if UWM comes out fully animated, this could possibly be the final nail in the main omnirumour’s coffin. I do believe that Marco Polo has been found and will be released sometime, but beyond that? It is hard to say.

Number two, the announcement they mention later this month might, just possibly, maybe, oh please let it be true, a confirmation of the omnirumour, and as part of that announcement they will give us a preliminary release schedule for the rest of the year. Underwater Menace has been one of the most rumoured  stories because of its unknown status. Will it be the focal point of an omnirumour announcement in the next two weeks? I can only hope.

So there you have the latest speculation. As always, nothing in this article is official or can be confirmed, it is all just speculation. Only time will tell.

 

UPDATE- The facebook post that started all of this has been taken down. Was it all a wind up? Or were they not supposed to talk about it? It’s a page with nearly 50,000 likes so I’m not sure that they would post something just to wind people up, but who knows…

I have since sent a message to the group on facebook asking for clarification or an explanation. I will let you know if I hear anything.

Also some have pointed out that 2Entertain no longer exists, that the company goes by BBC DVD since 2012. I don’t think this necessarily means that the info they posted is false. It could be from someone that they knew through 2entertain or they may just said that instead of the proper BBC DVD, by accident.  I don’t know.