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Doctor Who: Fury From The Deep (Classic Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408468344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468340
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 951,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of the stand-out triumphs from the entire Target line, and another hit for AudioGo!" (www.huntspost.co.uk)

Book Description

David Troughton reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure.

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By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 May 2016
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‘Thumping’, ‘pulsating’, ‘squealing’, ‘hissing’ and ‘bubbling’ out of the depths of “lost” ‘Doctor Who’ comes another classic Second Doctor base-under-siege adventure. North Sea Gas seemed like a natural bonanza from under the waves – but what if the pipes brought up something else too, something roused in fury from the deep…? 5* (6 CDs, 6 hours 55 minutes)

At just under seven hours on six CDs, this six-parter has been given the epic Audiobook treatment by any standards and it’s fully justified for a great novelisation by Victor Pemberton of his original story, making exciting and grownup science fiction. Rich in atmospheric music and sound effects, in a story where sound is a crucial part of the menace and the plot, it’s brilliantly presented and grips the listener, as a group of people working at the drilling edge of new technology encounter something very old and deadly seeking to grow – and grow –and grow…

David Troughton performs the story superbly, in this tale full of human character drama and the menace from beneath the sea. His performance of the Second Doctor is, as you would expect, uncannily brilliant and often sounds as if his illustrious father was playing his own classic role again.

The Doctor is well supported by brave, loyal Jamie, sharing moments of serious danger with his Doctor and some humour too, and spirited Victoria, by her own admission always terrified but determined and demonstrating her own special talent in a pitch-perfect farewell story for the popular companion. Between the three of them they save the day once more, with a surprisingly happy ending to the crisis – but a deeply emotional ending for Victoria, Jamie and the Doctor.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2012
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This brilliant story runs for a whopping 6 hours and 55 minutes - nearly 7 hours on 6 cds, with David Troughton portraying the story of the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria as they are caught up in a wild North Sea adventure. I've said it before, but it bears repeating - David Troughton reads these books wonderfully, and his portrayal (as he has done in several audio stories) of the Second Doctor is just so spot on you think Patrick's come back to do the voice especially.

This story, which I have never seen on the tv, and which in this novelised and audio format offers a great opportunity for those of us who missed it the first time around, is the last story in which Victoria Waterfield is involved. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria end up on a wild beach where they are taken as saboteurs by the North Sea gas refinery workmen; but not before they have heard what sounds like a strange noise coming from the gas pipeline. Can they convince anyone that there is a threat, and it's not from them? Or will it be too late by the time anyone takes any notice of their warnings?

This is a great story, and because of its length allows the room for complex story development, and the development of a whole host of characters - the conflict between the refinery chief Robson and his scientific `newbie' Harris is great, as is the attempt by van Luytens to steer a path of common sense towards resolution of the difficulties as they unfold. In the last third or so of the story we also get the `Chairperson' and her officious secretary Perkins who are a comic turn in their own right, really, as are Mr Oak and Mr Quill - by the way, whatever happens to them at the end?
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Having never listened to the audio track of these episodes and this being one of the stories I have generally previously tried to avoid hearing/learning anything about just in case it was ever rediscovered, reading the novelisation has proved quite a pleasant surprise. I don’t know how it lives up to the original onscreen version but the novelisation is a well-paced and entertaining story with some strong characterisation and an intriguing foe. It gives the impression that ‘Fury From the Deep’ might be one of the greatest losses of the BBC archive purge.

As far as the novelisation is concerned the weed creature works very effectively. It is used predominantly as a presence in the background where more and more of it is tantalisingly revealed as the story progresses. It is used to create a distinctly eerie atmosphere. Often, the creature is more effective when it is not actually seen, where it corrupts and possess the minds of certain characters or as its pulsing ‘heartbeat’ echoes through the refinery. How it would have been realised onscreen, however, might not have done it any favours. It is hard to imagine how the tendrils and foam wouldn’t have looked a bit poor or silly.

The effectiveness of the weed creature and its nature might also be lessened by the similarities with the previously aired story, ‘The Web of Fear’. Both involve some type of otherworldly entity laying siege to a complex through extensions of itself and the possession of people. What’s more, the foam and the web would effectively be very similar onscreen.

The pacing of the novelisation is well structured. Things are quite slow and leisurely at the outset but the text picks up pace and tension as the level of threat increases until it reaches the final showdown with the creature.
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