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5.0 out of 5 stars doctor you can't!
And you can't say too much about this story without giving things away. Which would be a shame, because this is an excellent piece of work.

It would have been easy for david collings to play the doctor just like silver in sapphire and steel, but instead he gives us a very different interpretation of the character, and it's one that commands attention...
Published on 18 July 2006 by Paul Tapner

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1.0 out of 5 stars Goes Against Everything That Is Doctor Who
Positive.
David Collings portraying what i thought a decent alternative Doctor until about halfway through this adventure then dashed my hopes completely.

Negative.
Big Finish surprised me commissioning this release even though it's part of a Unbound range there is nothing of The Doctor about this adventure more like an episode of Dexter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars doctor you can't!, 18 July 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Full Fathom Five (Doctor Who: Unbound) (Audio CD)
And you can't say too much about this story without giving things away. Which would be a shame, because this is an excellent piece of work.

It would have been easy for david collings to play the doctor just like silver in sapphire and steel, but instead he gives us a very different interpretation of the character, and it's one that commands attention. Dangerous genetic experiments are going on, and the doctor is out to stop them...

And you will not forget the end in a hurry! Great stuff
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Goes Against Everything That Is Doctor Who, 28 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Full Fathom Five (Doctor Who: Unbound) (Audio CD)
Positive.
David Collings portraying what i thought a decent alternative Doctor until about halfway through this adventure then dashed my hopes completely.

Negative.
Big Finish surprised me commissioning this release even though it's part of a Unbound range there is nothing of The Doctor about this adventure more like an episode of Dexter.
David Bishops story is narcissistic to everything Doctor Who is about if your after optimism look elsewhere.
The Ending was intended to shock but my opinion just a cruel & completely unnecessary way to end the adventure.

Trivia.
David Collings has appeared three times in classic Doctor Who in, Revenge Of The Cybermen, The Robots of Death & Mawdryn Undead.

Audio Info, This is a 1 CD release running time 70 minutes.

Review, "CONTAINS SPOILERS".
Doctor Who Unbound is a What if scenario about alternative Doctor's timeline that's never been.

This Unbound adventure sees an alternative Doctor & his companion Ruth who unknown to the Doctor hides as the Doctor has forbide her to travel with him on this adventure as he's going down to the depths of the ocean to correct a past mistake & reclaim the Tardis which is stranded on asunken ship the same ship Ruth's father died on.

The Doctor must be quick in his recovery of the Tardis as radiation levels are high on the sunken vessel due to a unstable Nuclear reactor.

This Doctor is a Timelord without any compassion as he kills not once in this adventure but twice!.

This cold heartless Timelord thinks it's necessary to the final outcome stating "The end justifies the means".

The plot is about Ruth's father whom was thought killed by the Doctor as he'd become infected by the mutated experiments that were going on the ship when the Doctor was previously there hence the Tardis is still trapped underneath the ocean waves.

We find out that the Doctor had thought to have killed Ruths Dad as he was infected & mutating into a creature but then with the truth revealed & a mutated creature appearing to be what remains of Ruth's dad things then take a sinister turn.

Ruth's dad chokes the Doctor with the Tardis key he apparently dies as he near the end of his regeneration cycle but does infact regenerate to which Ruth takes up arms quoting "Lets see how many lives this B...ard has left" shooting at the Doctor in cold blood.

A very sombre & depressing adventure were there seems no hope or redemption.

David Collings is fine only doing what is asked of him but this is were i think Big Finish crossed the line a little here.

A Doctor Who's using murder as a means to an end, A companion turned killer just what exactly the play trying achieve here? as there's certainly no hope or redemption for anybody involved here.

A unpleasant audio adventure & although it's for the Doctor Who Unbound Range surely a little bit of hope wouldn't have gone a miss.

Avoid this release as there nothing of merit to recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of his bones are coral made., 20 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Full Fathom Five (Doctor Who: Unbound) (Audio CD)
What if... the Doctor believed that the ends justified the means? That is the question posed in "Full Fathom Five", the third Doctor Who Unbound story. David Collings (perhaps best known as Silver in Sapphire And Steel) is the actor tasked with bringing to live this ruthless version of the Doctor and he does a superb job. Collings Doctor is a very cold character who for one reason or another no longer cares about the consequences of his actions. I should point out that the Doctor is still the hero of the story but a hero who will do anything to achieve his goals, even going so far as killing two characters.

"Full Fathom Five" is written by David Bishop who provides a fast paced script that never gets dull and isnt without its twists and turns. The ending is with out doubt the most shocking thing about this story and I really cant say much about it without spoiling it. Needless to say though, the TV series could never have an ending like "Full Fathom Five" which I guess is the whole point of the Doctor Who Unbound series.

There really isnt anything negative I can say about "Full Fathom Five". An excellent script coupled with superb acting and a brilliant ending make it one of the best Doctor Who audios available.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blatantly not originally a part of the Unbound range., 7 Jan 2014
This review is from: Full Fathom Five (Doctor Who: Unbound) (Audio CD)
I guess one of the problems you face when commissioning a series of "what if?" stories is ensuring that they deviate from the canon in the right way. The Unbound series is largely hit and miss in this regard - while some of the stories genuinely do have the feel of an alternate take on Who, others only have a loose connection with it.

Full Fathom Five falls into the latter camp. It has so little to do with Doctor Who in any shape or form that its inclusion within the Unbound range sticks out like a sore thumb. This Doctor has absolutely none of the character traits, personality or moral compass of the character in any of his other incarnations. In fact, the only part of the story that makes him be the Doctor is the inclusion of his (inactive, pointless) Tardis.

The inevitable conclusion is that Bishop had this story banging around his head already and simply decided to call his main character the Doctor when Big Finish came knocking.

As a drama in itself, it's entertaining enough - an underwater Frankenstein story that includes an element of the old "if you could go back in time and kill Hitler before he had the chance to do any damage, would you?" chestnut. It has horrific moments, it has tender moments and it has an element of tension in the telling (thanks, largely, to the gimmick of having the narrative jump backwards and forwards in time every other chapter).

It has little point, though. As it reaches the end, the actions of the main character - our supposed Doctor - become ever more extreme and ever more absurd, utterly destroying any kind of meaning that the tale might have had by slapping you around the face with it.

It's a passable way to waste an hour, but it's got absolutely nothing to do with Doctor Who, "what if?" tale or otherwise.
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