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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Blatantly not originally a part of the Unbound range.
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...
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Full Fathom Five – The Doctor goes the full Five Fathoms to get the job done., 18 Aug 2014
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Full Fathom Five (Doctor Who: Unbound) (Audio CD)
This is the third of the ‘Unbound series of audio adventures from Big Finish. Released between 2003 and 2008, this was a series that asked a lot of ‘what if’ questions about the show and produced a range of fascinating stories. It ran for 8 releases, and is some of the best work to have come out of Big Finish productions.

This third release asks ‘What if a future incarnation of the Doctor is a totally ruthless bastard willing to do almost anything for what he sees as the greater good?’ The answer seems to be that without his basic sense of right and wrong he will get ever more entangled in meshes of his own making and ultimately ‘right’ will prevail, just not quite in the way he intends.

Many people have knocked this story for the characterisation of the Doctor and the loss of his basic ‘Doctorness’. I feel that this is a little unfair, as the story is essentially asking ‘what if the practicality of the 6th Doctor and the scheming of the 7th Doctor are brought to their apotheosis in a future incarnation?’ The basic elements of the character seen here have all appeared in the TV series, this release just pushes the ides to their limits. That is what this range is all about, and the ultimate failure of this Doctor only serves to highlight the heroicness of the Doctors who chose a different moral path. It’s a great story, and the dark, nihilistic ending is particularly breathtaking. A powerful drama that shows just why Dr. Who has been such a success and the importance of the essential elements of his character.

David Collings plays the future Doctor. He played a possible alternative Doctor in the TV series Mawdryn Undead, and here shows that he would have been pretty good in the part (though, obviously, written with a functioning moral compass…) This is the third drama in a row to have given us a great Doctor Who never was.

It’s 65 minutes long, a single episode on a single disc. I found the time just flew by.

I loved this story, and am giving it 4 stars. It’s not quite as great as Sympathy for the Devil (what could be?) but a worthy, gripping drama nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of his bones are coral made., 20 Dec 2009
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Tim Allan (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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