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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 May 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1781780587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781780589
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.2 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jun. 2013
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Fifth release in the series of Doctor Who audio adventures that feature Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, and Mary Tamm as his companion Romana. This one also features John Leeson voicing K9.

The story runs for two parts of thirty minutes each [approx]. It's complete on a single cd. And it stands pretty much entirely on it's own, thus casual listeners should be able to get into it without having heard any of the previous ones in this run.

Set in the near future, it sees a deep sea exploration vehicle heading into the Mariana Trench. At the very bottom of an ocean, it's one of the most inhospitable places on Earth.

Thus the crew don't expect to see a Police Box down there.

The Doctor and his friends join the crew on their journey. They receive a strange warning. And find terror awaits at the foot of the ocean...

The first part is an excellent lesson in pacing. The first ten minutes introduce us to the three people on the expedition. Then there's a typically entertaining TARDIS scene. Before both sets of characters come together.

The next ten minutes take them along on their trip. With strange events starting to happen.

Suddenly there's a moment that will make you gasp. And from then on the story is atmospheric, creepy, and totally involving. You really won't see the first cliffhanger coming, either.

Although the second part does have some familiar themes it never lets up, and remains a gripping listen throughout.

A high quality, well written and produced product, with many memorable moments and some excellent sound design, this is well worth a listen.

There's a trailer for the next release in this run on the track after the end of part two.

And just over fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the three tracks after that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Oct. 2013
Positive.
Tom Baker is on his game in this adventure giving a excellent performance.
First Rate script by writer Jonathan Morris.
The Late Mary Tamm as Romana delivers a wonderful performance as does John Leeson as K9.

Negative.
Only one, It's 60 minutes long as I'd love this to have been a 4 part adventure.

Trivia.
Alice Krige is no stranger to SciFi as she played the Borg Queen in Star Trek First Contact.

Audio Info.
This is a 2 part adventure running to 60 minutes approx & includes behind the scenes interviews.

Review.
This is the Third 5 star review release I've given for The Fourth Doctor Adventures series 2 Back to Back & Lost Stories Boxset.

This story is a underwater adventure set on a deep sea exploration vessel at the furthest reaches of the bottom of the ocean were a group of researchers are heading to Mariana Trench.

The last thing the crew of the research Submarine vessel expected to see at the bottom of the ocean is a English Blue Police Box.

The Doctor, Romana & K9 board the vessel & Captian Patricia Sawyer begins Quizing the Doctor of his reasons for being lost under the bottom of the sea in a Blue Police Box.

But as ever the Doctor's curiosity always gets the better of him turning the conversation around asking what there doing in the farthest depths of the ocean?, Unknown to the Timelord the Tardis is flushed up to the oceans surface.

The Doctor & Romana volunteer to help the researchers who are investigating a long lost submarine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 Oct. 2014
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I had great hopes for this story, but I felt the end result never quite lived up to its full potential. In this story, the Fourth Doctor and Romana (as ever, wonderfully played by the late lamented Mary Tamm) are in the Tardis at the bottom of the Ocean – Romana is disappointed to find that, once again they are on Earth, even though the Randomiser is supposed to be active to fool the Black Guardian (as they are searching for the elements of the Key to Time in this series). But if she’s surprised as to where they are, that’s nothing to the surprise the three person crew of a deep sea exploratory vessel are feeling considering they’re several kilometres below the sea and they’ve just seen a blue box on the edge of the Mariana Trench with the words ‘ Police Box’ on it. Taken on board, Tardis and all, the Doctor and Romana with K-9 find themselves part of an expedition fated to find more than they could ever have anticipated.

The guest cast in this drama are excellent – as always, the wonderful Alice Krige instils every word she says with worlds of meaning and inference. If you’re not familiar with Alice Krige, she played the spine-chilling Borg Queen in ST:Voyager, and in a couple of Star Trek movies. It’s nice to see K-9 get a bit to do in this story, and he is played well by John Leeson. The Doctor is played with his typical exuberance by Tom Baker, with the moderating and rational influence of Mary Tamm as Romana I. One thing I noticed in this story is the wonderfully atmospheric ‘1970’s’ style music which would not have been out of place in a televised story of the time.

While it was a wonderfully new experience to have a story set at the bottom of the ocean, I don’t think the story itself ever really took advantage of the setting or the opportunities.
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