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5.0 out of 5 stars Into the trench
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Into the Abyss
It is a strange state of affairs that out of all time and space the Randomiser frequently takes the Tardis to Earth. We are often told that the Earth is the Doctor’s favourite planet but surely the Black Guardian would realise this. Hence it is easy to see why Romana, with no predilection for Earth, would be irritated with this odd behaviour from the Randomiser. The...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into the trench, 3 Jun. 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fourth Doctor Undersea Adventure, 24 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Phantoms of the Deep (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
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.

But they are not quite alone as there are squid like creatures lurking also in the deep waters of the ocean, whom posses a degree of super intelligence who unleash there attack on the vessel, The Goblins are coming & they aren't letting anyone out alive.

Can the Doctor, Captain Sawyer & her crew survive & reach the destination of Mariana Trench?, Can the Doctor find a way to defeat the Goblins & just why is K9 behaving strangely?

Thjs is a exciting adventure fast paced & brimming with tension by writer Jonathan Morris who is one of Big Finishes best writer's delivering first rate storys on a regular basis.

The production values are of the highest quality a credit to Big Finishes production team & the underwater scenes really add to the drama making it a tense compact adventure.

Tom Baker is on commanding form here stealing every scene he's in as the Fourth Doctor you always feel Tom's story are unscripted whether this is to do with the writing of Jonathan Morris or Tom ad libs to the script but it works.

The late Mary Tamm delivers her slightly sarcastic Romana & is a clever foil for the Fourth Doctors larger than life personality.

K9 John Leeson gets a lot more to do in this story & is responsible for episode 1 cliffhanger.

This is a highly entertaining adventure & one of the best Fourth Doctor releases to date,

A must buy for fans of Doctor Who & the Fourth Doctor adventures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Phantoms of the Deep, 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. There was not a real sense of danger or suspense, although several near misses throughout the story, which seemed to me to be resolved altogether too easily. The ‘alien’ in the story is never given a chance to establish themselves, and is dismissed very readily by the end of the story. A pity; it could have been much more, but never really wound itself up quite enough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Into the Abyss, 12 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Phantoms of the Deep (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
It is a strange state of affairs that out of all time and space the Randomiser frequently takes the Tardis to Earth. We are often told that the Earth is the Doctor’s favourite planet but surely the Black Guardian would realise this. Hence it is easy to see why Romana, with no predilection for Earth, would be irritated with this odd behaviour from the Randomiser. The Doctor, who as usual appears quite blasé about the Black Guardian catching up with him, only concession to his companion’s frustration is to take them to the Mariana Trench; somewhere, he perceives, could possibly be the safest place on Earth. How wrong he is.

Setting the adventure on a submarine in the Mariana Trench is a fairly original idea. It loses some of its impact because ‘Cold War’ was shown at around the time that this audio was released; an unfortunate coincidence. Of course, in both stories the submarine setting soon lends itself to the less original ‘base under siege’ type storyline. Using the remote undersea locale is also, inevitably, a bit like setting a story in deep space; so the setting doesn’t feel that different.

Often the play feels more like a ghost story than anything. There is quite a lot of stuff thrown in; goblins, phantoms, ghosts, telepathy, possession. There is also an attack by a giant jellyfish that is somewhat reminiscent of Verne’s ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’. Sometimes there is, perhaps, a bit too much involved and things seem a little muddled.

The use of intelligent squids is a nice touch which ties in with recent evolutionary ideas that suggest squids are one of the most intelligent species on the planet.

Repaired from his encounter with the Laan, K-9 receives a reasonably large role after hardly appearing at all in the rest of the series so far. It seems odd that he should receive his first substantial role of the series in a water based story. There are echoes of possession by the Shadow in ‘The Armageddon Factor’ but John Leeson plays it more malevolently this time. It is quite disturbing to hear such tones from the mechanical companion.

For such a small cast in a claustrophobic setting the story doesn’t really showcase any of the supporting actors. The characters aren’t really that defined or memorable. You might expect Alice Krige to be the role of a wonderful villain but even she is playing a fairly bland character. Nothing like the Borg Queen unfortunately.

One of the strongest elements of the release is the sound and audio effects. They help to make everything quite atmospheric and add to the sense of confinement and claustrophobia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story, 20 Aug. 2013
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Mary Tamm as 'Romana' is excellent and Tom Baker's as brilliant as always. Could they have done this on TV back then? I don't think so!
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5.0 out of 5 stars tom baker at his best, 6 July 2013
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Excellent as always from big finish with tom baker and Mary tamm at there best.
Big finish just keep getting better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Feb. 2015
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excellent self contained story, genuinely scary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Sept. 2014
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