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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Patrick Troughton "Base-Under-Siege" Scenario, 31 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Fury from the Deep (Doctor Who Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
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.

M.B.
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