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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Spine Tingler, 7 July 2006
Hailing from one of the most celebrated periods of Doctor Who and featuring the incomparable Patrick Troughton, Fury from the Deep is tragically absent from the BBC archive since it is a very strong psychological thriller.

Set at a North Sea Gas Refinery, the tale concerns the appearance of a new and scary form of seaweed with an inhuman intelligence and a parasitic nature. Soon friends become enemies and traitorous employees begin sabotaging operations at the complex, much to the annoyance of the paranoid Controller Robson and sparking conflict among the crew.

Amidst this tense backdrop, this story also sees the Doctor's companion Victoria developing grave concerns about her seemingly endless near-death scrapes whilst travelling in the TARDIS.

Ultimately bitter-sweet and moving as well as creepy, this classic is well presented on CD with a linking narration from Frazer Hines (companion Jamie McCrimmon in the story).

If you're a Doctor Who lover and haven't heard this one, it comes highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it is great, 9 Jun 2007
M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
After a long spell of listening through the missing stories, I have finally arrived at the classic "Fury from the Deep" and was surprised to find it every bit as enjoyable as fan opinion claims it to be (as opposed to "The Web of Fear", which I found slightly disappointing). There are, of course, no episodes of "Fury from the Deep" remaining in video form, which allows the listener's imagination to take over and, as a result, and thanks to a perhaps unusually high standard of sound design, "Fury from the Deep" also benefits from flawless special effects and dramatic sets.

The recurring heartbeat of the weed creature is a genuinely menacing sound. The motives and origin of the creature are never explored in detail, but there would seem to be parallels with Inferno here, as if nature were rebelling against the human race interfering with its darker secrets. The gradual take-over of the refinery personnel is convincing and the performances are effective, particularly that of June Murphy as Maggie Harris. The story has quite a large cast, which can be a problem on audio, but here the script, performances and audio narration by Frazer Hines are sufficiently well constructed that following the story never becomes a problem.

The only significant weakness of the production is, as ever, Deborah Watling's screaming companion, Victoria. Thankfully, this is Victoria's last story, and for once the writers appear to have remembered that, before meeting the Doctor, she spent a great deal of time in the company of an eminent scientist, and for one small scene her character helps to move the plot forwards. As to her eventual role in defeating the weed creature, well, I shan't spoil it for you, but one has to wonder if the production team didn't have a few quiet laughs when they came up with it!

Whilst not all of the lost "classics" live up to their hype, I think that "Fury from the Deep" does. It seldom feels padded and has, at times, a genuinely creepy atmosphere.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Foam-tastic??, 8 Aug 2004
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This CD sees the re-release of what is regarded as an all-time classic from the original Doctor Who television series: Fury From the Deep. Prior to its CD outing in February 2004, the story was available on cassette with highlights from the episode soundtracks and poor narration from Tom Baker. What must firstly be commended (as is the case with all such releases) is that the soundtrack itself is excellently preserved and cleaned-up to digital quality. Secondly, the quality of the narration by Fraser Hines allows the listener to clearly hear the soundtrack, and to envisage the unfolding events.
That dealt with, the content itself is now coming under the microscope. I feel that the story is regarded as 'classic' because it is long-missing from the BBC archives and for many fans, the discovery of the original televised material would come as a disapointment due to poor budgeted special effects. However, that aside, the story is atmospheric on audio - the pulsating heartbeat of the weed and its sinister abilities, echo the horror direction that the programme would take in the late seventies, whilst the idea of the base personnel slowly sucumbing to the creature again is made more horrific by the chilling audio.
Quite whether this story really is the 'stuff of nightmares' that some lead us to believe is questionable. For example, the scene with Oak and Quill is comical, even Hines' narration states that - such destroys any terror that we are supposed to feel by their presence. Similarly, the weed is mainly represented by foam - hinting at masses of bubble-bath rather than a mysterious and toxic substance.
However, despite these comments (which come from a modern viewpoint - we must remember that television has changed since 1968,) the story holds up well. Troughton's Doctor is very-much a man of action and he puts 110% effort into his performance. His acting talents are evident even on this audio-only material - witness his exasperation at not being able to solve the mystery of the weed creatures and the touching sadness at having to bid a fond farewell to a trusted companion.
The rest of the cast are fairly supportive - Hines provides support to Troughton's Doctor, and Watlings' 'stereotypical' female companion actually provides the solution to the whole problem. Other base staff such as Robson, the Harrises and Van Lutyens are supportive enough to evoke the immediate sense of danger. Oak and Quill are sketched merely to serve a purpose, and their radiophonic theme-tune, although enhances their humoristic side, is supposed to reinforce the mystery of the weed and the strange activities that have occured at the base for months.
What is pleasing to see is that unlike Daleks, Cybermen or Yeti who appeared in their thousands to destroy the Doctor, the Weed Creatures themselves remain unknown and do not show themselves. Pemberton's script depicts the weed as a creature native to Earth (something rarely done at the time,) and the fact that the Doctor knows little about it increases the sense of urgency. Similarly, the fact that there is so much seaweed in the oceans implies that such events could happen again, without the Doctor's knowledge to save the day - and as the script clearly implies that the weed is intelligent, perhaps what can be infered from the story makes it more terrifiying that what is actually described, a tact not often used in Doctor Who...
As this is one of the BBC's later releases (the idea to release missing stories began in late-1999) the format has settled down and we are now recieving audio CD's of expert quality. Obviously one of Troughton's best stories, it makes you wonder why the BBC ever decided to junk any of them at all - highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Patrick Troughton "Base-Under-Siege" Scenario, 31 Jan 2012
Victor Pemberton's Fury from the Deep is basically a rewrite of his earlier radio play "The Slide" starring Roger Delgado. Here, we have the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria land in late 20th century Earth and discover that a violent Weed Creature is causing trouble on a collection of oil rigs in the North Sea. The atmosphere of this classic serial is hightened by Dudley Simpson's fantastic incidental music. His use of electronic music could not be more appropriatly used in this adventure, the sounds that were specially created for this story by Brian Hodgson are another fine example of what talent Doctor Who had in its arsenal. Victor Pemberton's script is fairly standard and simple to follow, we have a central villain / monster {The Weed}, a mad scientist / oil rig runner {Robson} and the token good guys {Harris and Van Lutyens} and finally a claustrophobic base that is under siege. Throw in the Doctor and his companions and you have the recipe for a classic. However, I never felt that this was a true masterpiece, its a little padded and the script is nothing spectacular, overall, I would personally rate this a classic by default, I think that its classic status has yet again come from the fact that it is completely missing visually, and that the story works really well on audio.

Victor Pemberton's The Slide, Fury from the Deep and The Pescatons are all basically the same story with a few minor details changed, mud to weed etc. Thusly, since all three are fondly remembered as great stories, is it coincidence that all 3 only exist on audio. I suppose people can look past the blatently bad realisation of the mud of the weed and concentrate on what matters, the actors themselves and the performances they give. If there is one thing that Fury from the Deep has - its great actors. We have such talents as Victor Maddern as Chief Robson, Roy Spencer as Harris, great all round actor and Doctor Who celebrity John Abineri, June Murphy as Maggie Harris and of course those two great Doctor Who villains, John Gill and Bill Burridge as Mr Oak and Mr Quill. Their imfamous scene with Maggie Harris is truly chilling stuff, no doubt Doctor Who at its scariest.

So, with some great performances from Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling, which coincidentaly is Deborah's last apperance in Doctor Who as Victoria, and a stella quest cast, Fury from the Deep is not that bad. I think it deserves its mantle as a Doctor Who classic purely from the great acting and fantastic sound realisation.

Highly Recommendable stuff,

Many thanks for your time, its greatly appreciated.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic that NEEDS to be found, 16 May 2014
Fury from the Deep is... By far... One of the most spookier Doctor Who stories of the classic era.
It is an absolute shame that most of it is missing (Except from a few clips)

Deborah Watling has often said that this was her all time favourite story that she was apart of, as she said it was a scary tail and even though the seaweed creature isn't shown in its full until later on in the story, you knew it was there, and that it had the power to take over characters.

Episode 1 of this story, has to be one of the spookiest cliffhangers of the classic era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Troughton, The Second Doctor At His Best, 7 April 2014
Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
CD Info.
2xCD of a 6 episode story, Running time 146 minutes approx.

1)This is the surviving tv soundtrack digitally remastered for audio.
2)This was Victoria's final Second Doctor story although Deborah Watling reprised the role in Big Finish Lost Story Power Play with the Sixth Doctor & Peri.
3)This story introduces the infamous Sonic Screwdriver.
4)Victor Pemberton wrote a special released Vinyl story In 1976 titled Doctor Who & The Pescatons which has a cd release.
5)First shown on 16th March-20 April 1968 this story is currently missing from the BBC archives.

The Tardis arrives off the East coast of England with companions Jamie & Victoria who using a Dingy to get ashore are shot at with tranquiliser darts & taken prisoners by security guards who claim there trespassing in a restricted area of a Gas refinery.

The refinery is run by Robson & the Doctor discovers there are unexplained problems with the feed pipe from offshore drilling rigs.

One of these drilling rigs has sucked up a parasitic form of seaweed that releases a poison gas or foam capable of killing or controlling the victims mind if touched.

The seaweed grows & expands establishing a huge colony centred around the rigs, Can the Doctor find a way of destroying this deadly seaweed & could the solution lie with his companion Victoria?

Timelord Thought's.
It's so so sad that many Patrick Troughton episodes are missing & while last year 2 story's were discovered & restored & released on dvd there still many missing episode's including this classic 1968 story.

Patrick Troughton is on outstanding form in this adventure playing his usual mischievous self while all the time is well aware of the dangerous event's surrounding him & his companions.

With good performances from Fraser Hines as Jamie & Deborah Watling appearing in her final performance as Victoria.

This story is written by Victor Pemberton is the classic base under siege adventure full of mystery & intrigue, Great scares & wonderful performances by the cast in this digitally remastered audio soundtrack which to date is all that survives of this tv adventure.

The only criticism is why is this & many other First & Second Doctor story's missing? It's a travesty as this story is one of the Second Doctor's best & deserves to be recovered along with many classic Troughton Doctor Who adventures.

This is a classic story which is well worth purchasing the soundtrack as it contains one of the Second Doctor's best adventures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who, 6 Mar 2014
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Fantastic story what a pity that it does not exist in DVD or video form I really enjoyed listening to it though.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kraken re-awakes..., 3 Feb 2004
Fury from the Deep is widely acknowledged as one of the classic Dr Who stories. Now sadly missing from the BBC archives, only the audio soundtrack survives.
Previously released on cassette in the early 1990s with a rather whimsical narration by Tom Baker (acting as the 4th Doctor looking back on a past adventure) - the sound quality of this edition is much improved and now features a rather more sober narration from Frazer Hines (Jamie in the story). There are even a couple of nice touches in the form of a trailer for the next adventure "Wheel in space" and the original continuity announcement for episode 6.
The plot itself is the oft-used base-under-seige variety with bucket and spadefuls of atmosphere piled on. For once, all of the regular cast are on fine form and given plenty to do. Patrick Troughton, as the second Doctor, is particularly good.
Add to this a (still) contemporary sounding location and realistic supporting characters - and the six episodes just fly by to conclude in a fairly poignant ending.
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