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The Doctor meets the Sea Devils
on 29 April 2013
Geoffrey Beevers narrates this audio version of the novelisation of the Third Doctor story, originally broadcast in 1972. The story was novelised by the writer, Malcolm Hulke, who also added a few extra bits into the novelisation that were not seen in the original tv story. So we get a very well-rounded story here. Beevers is known to `classic' Doctor Who viewers as one of the incarnations of the Master in the 1970s, and suitably dastardly he was then. His voice in these audio stories (of which he has narrated several that I can think of) rolls beautifully through the language. (Beevers was also married to Caroline John, who played the Third Doctor's assistant Liz Shaw, and who sadly died in June 2012).
This story introduces us to the Sea Devils, aquatic cousins of the Silurians, creatures the Third Doctor has met previously. The Sea Devils are, right from the start, involved in the mysterious sinking of ships off the British Coast. But the Doctor and Jo soon find that one of his most deadly foes is also involved in the plot. Can the Doctor set everything right? Well, we're pretty sure he can, but we have great fun listening to him as he does so!
Although the Sea Devils are the reason for all the skullduggery and intrigue, they don't really have a huge role to play in this story; rather it is a story of the Master and the Doctor, those classic Third Doctor confrontations which Jon Pertwee and Roger Delgado did so well. The other thing that I felt really added to the whole Third Doctor atmosphere was the Navy involvement, with Captain Hart, and of course the rather sad figure of Mr Trenchard. The Third Doctor's era was also, as I recall, one where we often got to see rather caricatured Governmental bureaucratic officials, and there is a really prime example in this story, the Right Honourable Robert Walker - I don't think I would have shown the same restraint that the Doctor and Jo showed to this horrid little man.
Having Geoffrey Beevers narrate this story was great - his voice is just right for these Third Doctor stories, and of course having later played the Master himself, his voicing of the character is perfect.
This is a great Third Doctor story; it has all the elements - the Doctor and Jo, Navy involvement (making a change from UNIT who were involved in many of the Third Doctor stories), Mr Trenchard, the Master, Robert Walker, and of course the Sea Devils; not to mention the poor chap whose boat the Doctor steals. There's action, politics, intrigue, monsters, and Time Lords - who could ask for more!? Totally recommended.