Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 19

The Underwater Menace: Episode 1 (14 Jan. 1967)

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The TARDIS materialises on a deserted beach where the Doctor and his friends are captured by primitive warriors and taken to the fabled city of Atlantis.

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Michael Craze ...
Frazer Hines ...
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Graham Ashley ...
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Bill Burridge ...
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Joseph Fürst ...
Catherine Howe ...
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Colin Jeavons ...
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The TARDIS materialises on a deserted beach where the Doctor and his friends are captured by primitive warriors and taken to the fabled city of Atlantis.

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Working titles for this story included Under the Sea, Atlanta and The Fish People. See more »

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[first lines]
Jamie McCrimmon: [upon entering the TARDIS for the first time, he looks around him. The central column rises and falls] What's this?
The Doctor: You'll find out.
[operates the controls]
Jamie McCrimmon: Ah, I don't think I want to.
Ben Jackson: It's a machine, my old haggis; it's taken you away from Scotland forever.
Jamie McCrimmon: Where to?
Ben Jackson: Ah, well, that as the Doctor would say, that is in the lap of the gods. We never know.
Jamie McCrimmon: Ah, you'd not be leading me on now, would you? It's a fact; you don't know where we're going?
Polly Wright: Quite true, and what's more we don't ...
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Disappointing and often silly this is one of Doctor Who's least successful stories.
21 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

This 4 part story has to go down as a major failure in the series history. It takes place on Atlantis and sadly it is silly and badly produced in most respects compared to the series usual great standards. Being quite ridiculous at times it is at best camp fun but it mostly fails to maintain that fun as it is pretty boring much of the time. The attempts at humour often fall flat and its story is not a good idea.

A disappointing story in almost every respect with only the regular casts performances and a few small elements raising it above an Atlantis like descent into total disaster. One of the worst Doctor Who stories but with just enough fun and decent aspects to keep it above the level of a lot of the dross you see on TV.

One word in its defence, many people accuse the villain of having an awful accent but that was the actor's own natural accent!


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