The Macra Terror review – everything you need to know about the animation

The big news this month is the release of The Macra Terror – a second Doctor story currently missing from the BBC archives. All four parts were wiped to save space back in the 60s, meaning they aren’t available to watch anywhere! Luckily, the audio for the entire adventure was recorded by a fan and with the help of some rare clips and stills, it has been animated for us all to enjoy!

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The second Doctor Polly and Ben.

Fast Macra facts

  • The serial was first aired in 1967 – the seventh story of the fourth series of Doctor Who.
  • The Macra Terror features the second Doctor played by Patrick Troughton and his three companions: Polly – Anneke Wills, Ben – Michael Craze and Jamie – Frazer Hines.
  • It was the first story to feature the Doctor’s face in the title sequence.
  • The Macra returned to Doctor Who in Gridlock (2007) – 40 years after their original appearance!
  • The whole story has been released in animation on DVD, Blu-ray, Steelbook and downloadable in colour and black and white, available from March 25th 2019
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The second Doctor and Polly, Ben and Jamie aboard the TARDIS – in stunning animation for The Macra Terror.

Anneke Wills (Polly, companion to the First and Second Doctors) spoke all things Macra and Who at the press launch:

Anneke excitedly revealed details about the original Macra props; ‘They were huge, clunky creatures made of papier-mache. Patrick took one look and said ‘We’re going to have to cover this with Polly’s blood curdling screams!’ She went on to gush about Patrick’s portrayal of the Doctor, saying that she thinks it’s his iconic voice that makes him so distinct, ‘It’s frightfully posh!’ She continued to say that ‘If it hadn’t been Patrick who took over the role of the Doctor, we wouldn’t be sitting here today – we should always be grateful to him.’

‘I felt curious’ was her response when she found out she was being animated. ‘In a way you remove yourself, because it’s not about you.’ She did have one qualm though – the animation team just didn’t manage to get her eye makeup right! ‘I want to take you back to the storyboard and show you how I did my make-up. It was the eye make-up of the time, a false eyelid.’ We totally agree, those wings have to be on point!

Anneke and Frazer both praised the hard work of the team and enjoyed the animation immensely – it was wonderful to hear her speaking so fondly of our favourite show.

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Jamie McCrimmon – animated for The Macra Terror.

The Animation Journey

  • The BBC Studios team, headed up by Charles Norton and Paul Hembury (Executive Producer, BBC Studios) decide which missing story will be animated – this depends on time, budget and the detail and scale of the episodes.
  • Sound extraordinaire Mark Ayres enhances and cleans up the sound recordings available from the story’s first transmission. This includes slightly adapting the recordings as they can sometimes be muffled or bad quality.
  • Artist Martin Geraghty draws each character down to every movement they make. Charles Norton said of the work; “(Martin) Draws every single facial expression, every mouth shape, every eye blink, every frown, every smile – from every single angle for each character.” Phew – that’s a LOT of work!
  • They even have a library full of different hand gestures – the Second Doctor takes up alot of room!
  • Sun and Moon Studios animate Martin’s drawings to bring them to life, using an animation tool called ‘Toon Boon’
  • After months of hard work, everyone’s work comes together to create a fully animated, complete set of episodes for The Macra Terror – ready for fans old and new to enjoy

Our Verdict

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The Time Ladies meet Polly and Jamie.

We were lucky enough to watch episode one of this epic adventure in advance of its release, so what did we think?

The Macra Terror animation is an exciting addition to any Doctor Who fan’s DVD collection, bringing to life a missing part of one of our favourite eras of the show. The team at BBC Studios have done a fantastic job of creating smooth, detailed animation that works brilliantly for the adventure. You can really tell the difference in quality from the last animated story – Power of the Daleks – with the use of new software and a bigger budget as well as more time to produce.

As Doctor Who fans who weren’t alive in 1967, it feels like such a treat to have an insight into a story we once thought we’d never lay eyes on. Episode one is pacy, with a mystery apparent as soon as the team set foot outside the TARDIS and capture an escapee from a colony. Snappy scenes, quick-fire dialogue and plenty of action set the story up against some of our favourite Second Doctor stories. As for the Macra in animation? We’re pretty sure it’s the best they’ve ever looked! Now, when can we see even more Ben and Polly please…

You can purchase The Macra Terror on DVD, Blu-ray, Steelbook and via download.

All I want for Christmas is Who! (Gift guide)

Stuck for gift inspiration? Do you have a Whovian relative or friend and you can’t think WHAT to buy them? Or better still, are you a Doctor Who fan with a Christmas list to write?

Search no more! We’ve compiled a gift guide covering all bases… and you’re all on the nice list this year.

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Books

Doctor Who Annual 2018

Christmas isn’t complete without curling up on the sofa with a cuppa and the Doctor Who annual, right? Packed full of games, stories, facts and more, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was bigger on the inside. There’s something inside for everyone and is just the gift to prepare you for the event of the day: The Doctor Who Christmas special!

Dr. Tenth’s Christmas Surprise

This adorable book is great for any Who fan and will warm your insides more than a mug of hot chocolate. Go on an adventure with the Tenth Doctor as he tries to give Donna the perfect Christmas surprise, bumping into some snowy trouble along the way…

From the brilliant Dr Men range, this is the first of the selection to feature the Tenth Doctor and comes with a special hardback cover. Treat yourself or your friends to this perfect stocking filler!

Drama and Delight: The Life and Legacy of Verity Lambert

Want to know more about the life of our hero Verity Lambert? This biography is perfect for the Time Lady in your life, be it they want to work in television or they crave some feminist inspiration – Verity’s got it in shell loads.

Book of Whoniversal Records

Always wanted to know the most goals scored in Doctor Who? How about the most dangerous weapon in the universe? The book of Whoniversal records includes the highs and lows of Doctor Who history, all in one handy book. Ponder over facts and figures this festive period and learn things even WE didn’t know about our favourite show!

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Series Ten Boxset

As well as the annual, Christmas isn’t complete without receiving a Doctor Who Boxset, right? Re-live this year’s astounding series and prepare yourself for the 12th Doctor’s last story on DVD or Blu-Ray. You can even choose a beautiful steelbook version, just to make your shelves look pretty! We can’t wait to join The Doctor, Bill and Nardole on their epic adventure all over again…

The Christmas Specials

Tis’ the festive season after all! Once you’ve finished sobbing over our beloved Twelfth Doctor departing, you’ll want to watch a more jolly episode of Who whilst eating your yule log. Our shout is popping on Voyage of The Damned and munching your way through a cheese board.

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It’s finally finished! After 37 years with books, audio and Tom Baker narrating the gaps in the story, we get to see a finished product… and from the trailer, it looks fab. Purchase it purely for the cycle chase through Cambridge, watch out for the flying orb and keep your eyes peeled for a special surprise at the end! Available on blu-ray, DVD and another pretty steelbook (we’re a sucker for em’).

Big Finish

There’s nothing more exciting than a new Doctor Who adventure to enjoy – and Big Finish has HUNDREDS. From the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler’s return to the story of the Time War, don’t let the adventure end just because Who is off air. Get this in your ear holes and experience a new version of our beloved show!

Clothing

Clothing

Socks

Being given socks at Christmas is a tradition but they needn’t be a boring gift – give passers-by a flash of TARDIS ankle in these beauties.

Cat Badge

Change my dear, and it seems not a purr too soon… okay so we couldn’t find a way to get a cat pun in a Colin Baker quote but these badges are adorbs.

Christmas Sweatshirt

There’s no such thing as an ugly Christmas jumper – we LOVE a festive knit, but this is as cool as can be. Wear it all the way through to new year and if someone says it’s not Christmas anymore, say “wibbly wobbly, timey wimey” and stroke your nose knowingly.

Fourth Doctor Scarf

The ultimate accessory… those iconic stripes though. This scarf is the shorter version if you want to style it for the everyday or you can purchase the full length, go all out for your devotion to the fourth Doctor like our girl Osgood and rock the loopy look.

13th Doctor Tee

Get 13th Doctor ready with a t-shirt inspired by her costume! We’ve squeed and purchased already – swan into work or college knowing you’ve got a bit of the Doctor on you.

Gifts

Gifting

Adipose Stocking

What better way to start Christmas than to open your presents from a blob of fat? Really though, how adorbs is this stocking.

Tea Pot

Does your tea go ‘vworp vworp’ when you pour it? Thought not! (Note: neither does this one until you make the noises yourself, but it does look more effective).

Smartphone-operated K9

Do you want a little K9 pottering about your house being generally adorable? Affirmative! Mini K9 is operated by your phone via an app: you can control his movement and he can ‘bark’ various phrases. Good dog.

Doctor Who Trivial Pursuit

Got your friends round and a few wines down are having a heated discussion about Clara Oswald? Just us? What better way to lighten the mood than some healthy competition! This trivial pursuit covers both old and new Who which is fab for all fans – just don’t get dragged into a game with a mansplainer and all will be well.

Calendar and Diary

If you don’t have a TARDIS to get you to every appointment on time, it can be pretty hard to remember everything you have to get done. Organise yourself in style with the official Doctor Who calendar and diary! With several designs to choose from, you can pick one to suit you and all your organisational needs.

That’s it for our gift guide!

Be sure to tweet us with all your amazing Doctor Who presents on Christmas Day, we love sharing in the joy.

July favourites

Phew! The end of Moffat’s last Doctor Who series, the announcement of our first female Doctor and fantastic tit bits from comic con; July was a crazy month in the Whoniverse. Yes, we’ve missed a month of favourites, but even Time Ladies need a break! So now we’re back with our favourites from July, and what a month it was…

Time Lord Reads

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Missing your favourite Time Lord and bored on a Saturday night? We love curling up on the sofa with a good old book, especially when they’re all about our favourite show! Take a look at our favourite reads from July:

Explore the history of our favourite Gallifreyan’s in A Brief History of Time Lords. Featuring stunning artwork and everything you could possibly want to know, this gorgeous book covers all of Time Lord history in one handy little package. From The Eye of Harmony to Trenzalore, it’s perfect for all Time Ladies!

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Read the tales and legends from throughout time and space in Myths and Legends, a collection of short stories from around Gallifrey and its surrounding planets, it’s the perfect book to unwind and relax with! With beautiful art and brilliant adventures, we love this incredible read!

Buy them here:

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Doctor Who Magazine

It’s the end of an era in this month’s Doctor Who Magazine! This issue is Tom Spilsbury’s last as he moves on from editing our favourite mag. This month’s pages are filled with emotion, also including a goodbye interview with Steven Moffat and features on the end of his era as show runner. If you can manage to read through your tears, the mag is on sale now!

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Series 2 Steelbook

Wanna see something prettttty? We are obsessed with the series two steelbook boxset! Beautifully designed by Lee Binding, the steel case gives us emotions alone. The brilliant 2006 series has been re-released onto blu-ray and looks seriously good. Reliving our favourite stories AND staring at the pretty free art cards? 2006 never looked so good!

Buy it here

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Pearl and Michelle at Comic Con 

These amazing 80s power-esque photos of Pearl and Michelle were taken at Comic Con for Buzzfeed and look how FIERCE they are. We now think all cast members should be photographed looking like they’re auditioning for new roles in Gladiator. Are we all in agreement?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jodie Whittaker

If you haven’t noticed by now, Jodie Whittaker IS THE DOCTOR. Yes we’ve talked about it a million times, no we aren’t going to stop. July 2017 was the month the first female Doctor was announced, which will forever be our fave!

Catch her in Broadchurch, Black Mirror, Attack The Block and currently starring in BBC One’s Trust Me, Tuesday’s at 9pm.

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Please note, the books were kindly sent to us but enthusiasm is all our own.

Monthly Doctor Who Favourites: April

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Every month here on The Time Ladies we’ll be rounding up our favourites from around the Doctor Who universe. April saw the launch of series ten and Bill Potts joining the TARDIS topped our month – here are a few other faves!

Doctor Who Magazine

Doctor Who Magazine is a regular favourite for us here at The Time Ladies and is a must have for all fans. April’s issue covered the launch of series ten with the first 3 episode previews, plus interviews and an adorable poster! With a front cover to die for and news galore, it’s the perfect monthly treat!

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The Aftershow – Doctor Who: The Fan Show

Since Doctor Who Confidential ended (RIP) we’ve had a severe lack of behind the scenes content and post episode goodness. Doctor Who: The Fan Show has come to save the day with their fabulous Aftershow. Uploaded every Saturday after Doctor Who has aired, you can watch interviews with the cast and crew discussing the story from that week. More Doctor Who content!

Find it on the Doctor Who Youtube channel

Bills Denim Jacket

If you’ve seen our Bill Lookbook, you’ll know how much we’re loving her style! Our favourite of hers so far is the fab acid wash denim jacket (SO on trend). The original she wears is from TopShop and adds style to any outfit, dressed up or down. We have a feeling this will be her iconic look!

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Novels

To tie in with the launch of series ten, BBC books have released three novels featuring The Doctor, Bill and Nardole. Three extra stories with our favourite gang for when waiting a week seems just too long! We’re loving the covers, the amazing stories inside and there really is nothing better than chilling out with a good book.

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Radio Times Photoshoot

Our last favourite for April is the adorable Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie photoshoot for the Radio Times. We can’t get enough of the pair of them!

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See you next month for more timey wimey favourites!