Classic 'Lost' Doctor Who' Serial Fury of the Deep is Getting an Animated Release Next Year

By Tom Pritchard on at

Any fan of the old Doctor Who stories will know that there are rather a lot of episodes that are deemed 'missing'. Roughly 98 of them don't exist anymore thanks to the BBC's habit of destroying tapes back in the day. Now the Beeb has announced another classic serial, Fury of the Deep, will arrive next year as another animated recreation.

Like The Faceless Ones that is also being animated and released next year, this is another one of the stories featuring Patrick Troughton. None of the episodes exist in the BBC archive, but the audio still survives - meaning the BBC can use it to create everything from scratch.

Fury of the Deep was original broadcast in six parts between March and April in 1968, and involves the Doctor and his companions battling some parasitic seaweed (old Who was absolutely wild) that's been taking over North Sea gas installations in a renewed attempt to conquer the human race.

It's actually quite an important episode, despite the weird villain, since it marks the first appearance of the Doctor's sonic screwdriver - which back in the day was literally just a contactless screwdriver. It's also the last story to feature Deborah Watling as the Doctor's companion Victoria.

There's no word on when it will be released, though there will be a DVD, Blu-ray, ad Steelbook version that will hit shop shelves sometime after the release of The Faceless Ones. [Doctor Who TV]