Top positive review
5 people found this helpful
Oh yes, it's tacky, but fun
on 11 April 2006
The Underwater Menace is my first experience of the BBC missing adventures audio releases. As indicated above, only one episode of this story survives, and my experience of the adventure was based on listening to episodes one, two and four and catching episode three on the DVD box set Lost in Time.
Anneke Wills provides linking narration for the audio release of the story, and the first thing I noticed was how much like stage directions Wills' narration sounded, occasionally taking over and spelling out events that could easily have been inferred simply from listening attentively to the soundtrack. However, the level of narration settles down from episode two onwards as the level of dialogue increases and the story begins to hit its stride.
And the story? Well, it's all a bit silly, to be honest, with Professor Zaroff as the ultimate comic book / James Bond villain ("Nothing in the world can stop me now!") - but it's an enjoyable romp even in audio format. The companions are good fun even if Ben's Cockney accent grates, and there is a range of quirky supporting characters.
Most interesting, however, is the design on display in the surviving third episode, with good costumes and decent sets. Episode three also features an excellent and unusually populous party scene - although the long Fish People "dance" sequence feels somewhat over-long and redundant.
Overall I enjoyed listening to this missing adventure, and as a bonus feature, the CD features an interview with narrator Anneke Wills on the making of the story.