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Fury from the Deep

One of the missing jewels from the Second Doctor’s era is this soapy six-parter from 1968...


FIRST BROADCAST 16 March – 20 April 1968

Fury from the Deep exists! Well, that’s a headline every fan would love to see. But in a way, Fury from the Deep does still exist. It exists in the minds of a lucky few – a dwindling few – now in their 50s or older who watched this six-part Doctor Who serial on BBC1 in 1968. (You may of course be slightly younger and caught it when it was shown later in other countries.) I have two friends who are not fans but followed the programme religiously in the 1960s. Both said something along the lines of: “Oh, the one with the seaweed! That was the best. I’d love to see that again – can I borrow the DVD?” Picture their dismay when I told them the videotapes had been wiped long ago. One friend recalled: “When the girl [Victoria] was trapped in a room and this slimy thing attacked her through a vent – that scared the s*** out of me.” Fury from the Deep is the one story still vivid in their memories.

It lingers in mine too, having formed part of my initiation to Doctor Who as a small child. I have my little sister to thank. She’d just come into the world in the spring of 1968 and, for my parents’ sanity,

I was farmed out on Saturday afternoons to my grandparents further up the road. In their house, Doctor Who was a staple of the teatime schedule. My granddad had enjoyed it since 1963 and steeled me to watch. Sadly, I remember nothing of frenzied seaweed or gushing foam. Nothing of impeller shafts or gas-breathing bad guys.

What I do recall clearly are the helicopter sequences in the last two episodes (and another key moment I’ll come to later). The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) in his bobble hat and Jamie (Frazer Hines) in his kilt, such a peculiar and likeable duo in the eyes of a child, were heading out to sea in a chopper to rescue Victoria (Deborah Watling). I can picture their descent in Episode 5 towards the cluster of eerie sea forts that were doubling as gas rigs; then the following week the madcap ducking and diving as the Doctor battled comically with the controls as they made their escape.

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DWM 506 celebrate 50 Years of the Second Doctor, as played by Patrick Troughton. Contents include: behind the scenes on the new animated version of The Power of the Daleks; the Second Doctor's era is explored in a feature by Jonathan Morris; 1968's Fury from the Deep is reviewed; showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions; a biography of Peter Brachacki, the man who designed the TARDIS back in 1963; The Fact of Fiction looks back at 2005's The End of the World; directors Ed Bazalgette, Douglas Mackinnon, Daniel O'Hara and Daniel Nettheim reveal more secrets of their work on Doctor Who in the second part of DWM's exclusive interviews; Comic Strip - Bloodsport Part 2, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson; The Time Team watch 2010's The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang; plus reviews, previews, prize-winning competitions, the latest official news, fun and nonsense with the Watcher and much, much more.