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Fury from the Deep (Doctor Who Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 2 Feb 2004

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (2 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563524103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563524106
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 17.9 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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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By A Customer on 8 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
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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.
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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.
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