In Doctor Who-related news, the DVD release of The Moonbase apparently has been slowed down to 24p, according to a number of Amazon reviews. The master created from the 25fps film recordings restored using VIDFIRE to restore the 50i video look should simply be encoded in 60i for NTSC release without screwing with the framerate or the speed. So not only is it slowed down, the video look is gone. I hope this is a one-off authoring error by Warner Home Video/BBC Worldwide. In the meantime, I'll be canceling my pre-order for The Web of Fear and holding off on pre-ordering NTSC releases of Enemy of the World and The Underwater Menace (whenever the hell WHV & BBC decide to release those over here in the states) until it is confirmed they are at the proper 60i NTSC standard. Absolutely unacceptable!
Edit: I don't see any similar complaints for the UK edition of The Moonbase, so I'm going to assume that it's safe.
According the the "Doctor Who Video FAQ" site (great place for Doctor Who video news)
MOONBASE MASTERING ERROR - UPDATE
Due to a tight schedule, Worldwide Americas had this DVD authored in the US
instead of the UK (as they normally do). In the process of converting this from
the PAL video system, it should’ve been authored as interlaced
video at 60 fields per second, however, the US engineers instead treated this as
if it were progressive video. This has resulted in the loss of the VidFIRE
video-look effect, and the episodes play slightly slower than they should play;
they’re about 1 minute longer than they ought to be. They did apply a digital
pitch-correction so that the sound didn’t lower in pitch. It’s still playable, still
looks good, (and the detail in the pictures is noticeably better than it was on the
Lost in Time release) but the video-look is absent, and it does run 4% slow.
I’ve been receiving many questions asking if Worldwide Americas will recall or
reissue this title given this mistake. They apparently will not.
This was a one-time error owing to the US mastering. Upcoming DVDs, including
The Web of Fear, have been authored in the UK as normal, and so this problem
should not reoccur.