Fury from the Deep (Doctor Who Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 2 Feb 2004
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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... Read more
Fantastic story what a pity that it does not exist in DVD or video form I really enjoyed listening to it though.Published on 6 Mar. 2014 by Diane Armstrong