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Fury From the Deep
Doctor Who, episode 42 (5.6)

Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:29:00

Patrick Troughton   IMDB   The Doctor
Fraser Hines   IMDB   Jamie McCrimmon
Deborah Watling   IMDB   Victoria Waterfield

There's something nasty in the pipes.
The TARDIS lands on the surface of the sea, just off the east coast of England. The time travellers use a rubber dinghy to get ashore, where they are shot with tranquiliser darts and taken prisoner by security guards as they have arrived in the restricted area of a gas refinery.

At the refinery base, run by a man named Robson, the Doctor learns that there have been a number of unexplained problems with the pressure in the feed pipes from the offshore drilling rigs. It is later revealed that one of the rigs has sucked up a parasitic form of seaweed, which is capable of releasing poisonous gas or a strange kind of foam that allows it to take control of the minds of those it touches.

The weed spreads rapidly and seems set on establishing a huge colony centred around the rigs. The Doctor makes the chance discovery that it is very susceptible to high pitched noise; consequently he is able to use the amplified sound of Victoria's screams to destroy it. Victoria elects to stay with the family of one of the refinery workers, Harris.

The Doctor, although sharing Jamie's sadness at her departure, understands her decision to settle down to a quieter life.

By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:48:42
Few threats can be more potent than that of mental and physical possession by an alien entity. Fury from the Deep plays on this fear to great effect in its depiction of the menace posed by the latest monster to be introduced to Doctor Who - a monster that, as Mathew Prince noted in Cloister Bell 10/11, dated March 1985, neatly sidesteps all the cliches of adventure stories featuring undersea creatures:: 'What saved Fury from the Deep from the depths of banality was the total failure of gigantic...

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