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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun with dodgy production values.
Everyone knows Dr.Who is cheap and was made in a hurry and therefore you have to overlook some sloppy stuff and bad FX/cheesy monsters etc. This story is a case in point. You do have to suspend your disbelief quite a bit at times and a lot of fans just don't want to cut this story any slack. I think that's a pity as the script and story are supposed to be what counts and...
Published on 16 May 2004 by Adrian Sherlock

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bloc party
Warriors of the Deep is in truth a much-maligned Fifth Doctor story that brings together both The Silurians and The Sea-devils. Memorable (unfortunately) for unarguably the series' lamest attempt at a monster - The Myrka - ostensibly a fearsome sea creature that electrocutes its enemies but in reality that pantomime horse from Rentaghost with some green paint and seaweed...
Published on 6 May 2009 by Captain Pugwash


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3.0 out of 5 stars Bloc party, 6 May 2009
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Warriors of the Deep is in truth a much-maligned Fifth Doctor story that brings together both The Silurians and The Sea-devils. Memorable (unfortunately) for unarguably the series' lamest attempt at a monster - The Myrka - ostensibly a fearsome sea creature that electrocutes its enemies but in reality that pantomime horse from Rentaghost with some green paint and seaweed laid on! Only the infamous `Taran Wood Beast' rivals this monstrosity for sheer crapness - and I'm speaking as a die-hard fan!
More overtly political than many of the shows' stories, this is set in the late-21st Century and features two warring `blocs' under the sea. Featuring Hammer Horror stalwart Ingrid Pitt as Doctor Solow and `The Onedin Lines'' Tom Adams as Vorshak, The TARDIS crew (The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough) arrive on the base and The Doctor recognises a `Silurian battle cruiser' approaching. Inevitably The Doctor becomes the meat in a human/reptile sandwich (again) and eventually has to sacrifice his principles in order to save the day.
Overall the story is okay but several glaring continuity errors and rushed production (forced by Margaret Thatcher's calling of a parliamentary election - so The Myrka is her fault, hah I knew it wasn't just the milk snatching we hated her for!) leave a disappointing end product. By this time, Peter Davison had already announced he was leaving the show and the weariness with which he delivers his final line is perhaps a clear indication of the end of another era in the show's history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Points for trying ..., 21 Sept. 2010
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Not one of Peter Davison's finest moments in the series. While one has to bear in mind that this story was completed under very difficult circumstances (rehearsal time cut, studio space lost, etc), one cannot help but feel that with a stronger script the shambolic production values might have been more easily overlooked. Unfortunately, the script falls way short of its predecessors: "The Silurians" and "The Sea Devils" - both better-produced and better-written in spite of being over ten years earlier. Aside from the lead Silurian Icthar, the guest cast are eminently forgettable, or memorable for the wrong reasons in the case of Ingrid Pitt and a certain infamous "Bruce Lee" scene with one of the worst monster designs of the classic series ...

Special effects, generally quite reasonable for the point in the show's history, are mixed in quality. The Quantel paintbox blobs used for the Sea Devil laser effects, sadly, look far more feeble than the original, simple flame charge flashes used in their original story. If it ain't broke (and so forth) ... The model work is fair enough, though never genuinely feels underwater. Visually, this is quite a step back from earlier stories in the era (Especially "Four to Doomsday"). However, the first episode is quite striking, with the best of the model work and a dramatic stunt scene at the end. At this point, it is easiest to believe the tales of the production crew that a lot of money was actually spent on making this story happen. However, since the end result is basically a very rough-looking re-imagining of "Earthshock" for the reptile men, with all of the shallowness of that story and none of the good production values, it is strictly of interest to die-hard fans of the classic series. Anyone else must purchase at their peril ...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Dismal Beginning to Season 21, 30 Sept. 2001
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The Sea Devils and Silurians return in a story which should - and could - have been much better. The whole affair is rendered completely unbelievable by being set in a seabase lit like a supermarket and containing monsters which sadly don't live up to the reputation of their 70s counterparts. Most of the cast try their best but are let down badly by the production standards. The Myrka has to be one of the most embarrassing "Who" monsters ever, looking exactly like a huge green pantomime horse. There certainly should have been another way!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun with dodgy production values., 16 May 2004
Everyone knows Dr.Who is cheap and was made in a hurry and therefore you have to overlook some sloppy stuff and bad FX/cheesy monsters etc. This story is a case in point. You do have to suspend your disbelief quite a bit at times and a lot of fans just don't want to cut this story any slack. I think that's a pity as the script and story are supposed to be what counts and while this one is pretty sad in some production areas (there was a strike mid-production, apparently!) the fact is this is a fast paced, suspenseful story with a very, very good script. And the sets are impressive and the model work is good and the Silurians look quite good at times, too, so it aint all bad. Yes, there's some dodgy stuff, but if you focus on the story and just have fun, you may find it entertains. It has a great cliffhanger to part one and the final episode ends on a surprisingly hard note, too. Best of all, Peter Davison is terrific here as the underdog Fifth Doctor, he is dashing and heroic and determined to win, but faced with a moral dilemma. He dresses in a radiation suit which gives him the look of James Bond in Dr.No, and if you watch this to see a different side to the Fifth Doctor, you'll be impressed as he gets some great lines. At one point he tells Tegan to ask a huge green monster "nicely" to "go away". When she demands to know what she can possibly accomplish by staying out of the way, he tells her, "my peace of mind!" he also gets stuck into the war-mongering humans and says "I sometimes wonder why I like the people of this miserable planet so much". Yes, it lacks atmosphere, but it is still a good script and Davsion shines through. I watch it for him and the Silurian leader is strangely sad and sympathetic as non-human characters go. Overall, not as bad as its reputation, if you can focus on the good part, the Doctor and the script!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the negative reviews, 6 Jun. 2009
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This is a strong story it is much better than things like Castrovalva and Time and the Rani, come on this is a very strong season and this is a highlight. It's deep, dark and creepy. It also one of the few stories that could actually happen, in real life. Don't listen to the neagative reviews this story is 10 out of 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the negative reviews, 6 Jun. 2009
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This is a strong story it is much better than things like Castrovalva and Time and the Rani, come on this is a very strong season and this is a highlight. It's deep, dark and creepy. It also one of the few stories that could actually happen, in real life. Don't listen to the neagative reviews this story is 10 out of 10
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine start to Season 21..., 7 Sept. 2000
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The first story of the twenty - first season of Doctor Who, 'Warriors of the Deep', is no way as bad as some fans make it out to be. The story begins with Peter Davison's Doctor and his companians Tegan and Turlough making an emergency landing in an underwater Sea Base in the year 2084, where they encounter a stressed out crew constantly under the threat of nuclear war, and poised to launch missiles at any moment on an unseen human foe.
In addition to those problems, the base soon comes under attack from a squadron of reptilian Silurians and their Sea Devil cousins (their first appearance in the series for 12 years), who intend to trigger the base's missiles and start a war that would wipe out all humans from Earth, leaving the reptiles free to take over the planet...
Although not quite an all time Doctor Who classic, 'Warriors of the Deep' still has some good points - the action sequences are very well done, and the scene where the armed guards are waiting by the Air-Lock door for the Sea Devils to break through is very tense. Turlough is also given a lot to do, at one point even picking up a gun and issuing threats to people in order to save the Doctor and Tegan from certain death at the hands of the Myrka, the giant sea beast used by the Silurians to break into the base.
Ah yes, the Myrka - perhaps not the most convincing monster costume ever used in Doctor Who, but if you can forgive this minor flaw then you will be rewarded by enjoying a good, exciting adventure with excellent performances from the cast all round, and an unusually emotional ending showing the Doctor almost on the verge of tears.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars warriors of the deep it is a classic if you have to go deep ?, 16 May 2008
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this is a super deep episode think beyond what you can see go beyond what is on the screen and see the rearl doctor
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