Say Something Nice – Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep

In an effort to find something quick that can be written as part of Daily Doctor Who, we are continuing with Say Something Nice, where I look back at each of the Doctor Who stories and pull out one or two cool things about it.

(Daily Doctor Who #337)

Read the previous entry here. Today, we continue with the sixth story of the show’s fifth season…

Fury from the Deep

The story stars the same cast as the last one…Patrick Troughton as the Doctor and Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon and Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield.

The serial is written by Victor Pemberton, and directed by Hugh David.

Say Something Nice…

(Named for Missy–aka the Master–and her catchphrase from her first full appearance in Dark Water).

I’ve only seen this story as an animated re-creation (which is the same as for a lot of people) but if that’s anything to go by, Fury from the Deep is one of the straight-up creepiest tales that the original Doctor Who ever produced. The story features a good companion departure for Victoria, which is decently set up and emotionally played out, and miles better than the last two times this had happened (with Ben & Polly, and Dodo).

But because we’re equal-opportunity fans here, we’re not going to only be sycophantically complimentary.

You craven-hearted spineless poltroon!

(Another cry from the Master, but not exactly a catch-phrase, this time from The Deadly Assassin)

The pacing of the story is odd–it takes a long time to move past the bit in the plot where the Doctor is insisting there is a problem that needs to be addressed but nobody believes him–even to the point of obstinacy. The climax of the story, when it comes, is a bit underwhelming.

Catch you next time!

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