Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 31

Fury from the Deep: Episode 3 (30 Mar. 1968)

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While the Doctor begins his investigation into the weed creatures, Robson is attacked by one at the refinery.

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While the Doctor begins his investigation into the weed creatures, Robson is attacked by one at the refinery.

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Attack of the Killer Seaweed!......plus a debut for the Sonic Screwdriver!
17 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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Fury from the Deep is an enjoyable story with some tension, some scares and some good dialogue.

It involves the TARDIS landing on the surface of the sea (which is a good, fun idea and well executed) then the crew getting involved in a nearby refinery where strange goings on are revealed to involve a form of parasitic seaweed which gives off poisonous gas, can kill people in a couple of ways and can influence people to fall under its control if they touch the foam it produces. This power to influence, whilst a bit far fetched provides the best scares with the technicians Quill and Oak carrying out a terrifying attack in episode 2, making it the best part of the story. This is preserved for us to see (most of the story's video is lost) by virtue that it was cut by the censor in some countries and therefore remained as an excerpt in their collection. It is really chilling and is not the only striking image in this very good 6 parter. A character walking out to sea as if committing suicide and the tense heartbeat pulse of the seaweed in creepy scenes of imminent attack are suitably gripping. The story idea itself and the need to use foam and seaweed in sometimes slightly unconvincing scenes of menace just make the brilliant tension fall a little bit short of what it could have reached if they had been able to produce a more convincing threat. Seaweed and especially foam just is not the best form of enemy.

There are high standards in most areas and the very first appearance of The Doctor's sonic screwdriver provides a point of interest for fans. Funnily the sonic screwdriver is used to....... wait for it..... UNDO A SCREW! A task it would be seldom used for in the future but explaining why it is called a screwdriver in the first place!

All in all a very good adventure with great atmosphere, though perhaps not reaching the 10/10 all time classic proportions across all 6 episodes achieved by some of the other stories in the incredible series 5.


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