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The Underwater Menace: Episode 1 

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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Graham Ashley ...
Bill Burridge ...
Catherine Howe ...
Peter Stephens ...
Tom Watson ...


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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14 January 1967 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is considered by fans to be one of the worst stories of Patrick Troughton's tenure, an opinion shared by Troughton himself. Fans voted this the seventh worst story of the entire run in fan site Outpost Gallifrey's 40th anniversary poll in 2003. Producer Innes Lloyd also disliked this serial, admitting "it did look like something from a '50s American 'B' movie". See more »


[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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Referenced in A Fishy Tale (2015) See more »

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A Fishy Tale - 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 also pretty boring much of the time. The attempts at humour often fall flat and its implausible story (from writer Geoffrey Orme) is not a good idea.

A disappointing adventure in almost every respect with only the regular cast's performances and a few small elements raising it above an Atlantis like descent into total awfulness. 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 Zaroff of having an awful accent but that was the actor Joseph Furst's own natural accent!

All 4 Episodes - 5/10

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