This review is from: "Doctor Who", the Underwater Menace (BBC Audio Collection) (Audio CD)
this is the soundtrack of a doctor who story from 1966. it has four twenty five minute episodes, spread over two discs. only the third episode still survives in the bbc archives, so unless the other three ever turn up, this is your only chance to hear them.
this was patrick troughton's third story as the doctor. it features his regular at that point companions ben and polly, and it's the first story to feature jamie as a regular, after he joined the tardis at the end of the last one.
the tardis lands on a beach, and the crew find an entrance that leads underground, to the sunken kingdom of atlantis. a rather fanatical scientist called professor zaroff has found his way there as well, and he plans to raise the continent back to ground level. his plan, unfortunately, will probably destroy the earth in the process. but he's too mad to care about that. can the doctor stop him?
Whilst not outstandingly terrible, this story was written in a hurry. and it shows. added to which troughton hasnt quite found the character of his doctor yet, and adding jamie to the tardis crew means it gets a bit crowded and ben and polly lose lines that would have gone to them.
we basically have three rather light hearted episodes before things get a bit grim in the last one.
not the worst doctor who story out there by a long chalk. but often they made episodes just so they wouldnt have twenty five minutes of blank tv screen on a saturday night, and these are four of them.
having said that the quality of the release is well up to the usual high standard of the bbc radio collection. the sound quality is excellent, and there is very good linking narration from anneke wills [who played polly] which lets you know whats happening when the soundtrack isnt descriptive enough. the cds are divided into tracks by scenes of the episodes, and the inlay in the box gives you a guide to these.
the final disc concludes with an interview with anneke wills, talking about her time on the show. it's a good little chat, as she's a very good interviewee.
not a great story, but a good package for it