The 60s Doctor Who story, Fury from the Deep, has had an animation makeover and is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and limited edition Steelbook. Below we’ll talk about the best places to buy it, some background to the story and, in this year that would have been Patrick Troughton’s centenary, it seems fiiting to discuss the Second Doctor’s era in more detail (and discuss where you can buy more of his stories, and other items).
Fury from the Deep is one of the missing stories from the 1960s, when the BBC wiped various recordings to make room for new ones (thinking that people wouldn’t be interested in seeing them again[!]). The story featured in the series’ fifth season, and took part over six episodes. It’s notable for featuring the first appearance of the Doctor’s trusty sonic screwdriver, and the last appearance of companion Victoria. Not much of the original recording is left, but what is left is available as one of the Special features.
The TARDIS brings the Doctor, Victoria and Jamie to the Kent coast of England, where the ESGO complex is drawing up natural gas under the North Sea via a huge network of pipes linked to their off-shore rigs. But the Doctor is convinced he can hear something in the pipes, a heartbeat, something… alive?
Others at the complex have heard it too, and one by one contact with the rigs is being lost. But Chief Robson will have none of it, and work will continue. And so it does… until sentient, aggressive seaweed begins attacking the base and taking over the personnel one by one, creating a spearhead from which is will launch its attack and enslave the entire human race… Can the Doctor discover a way to stop the weed advancing? Or does the only real chance of success lie with Victoria and if it does, can a way be found to utilise that without harming one of the Doctor’s very best friends…
|All six episodes animated in HD and full colour||Episode 6 Behind the Scenes 8mm Footage|
|Alternate Black & White presentation||Behind the Scenes|
|Audio Commentaries||Photo Gallery|
|Episode 6 Film Trims||PDF Scripts|
|New 5.1 Surround Mix by Mark Ayres||Teaser Trailer|
|Production Subtitles||The Cruel Sea- Making Fury From the Deep|
|Surviving Footage||The Slide Audio Drama|
|Telesnap Reconstruction with Optional Narration by Frazer Hines||Archive Interviews|
Where to buy (updated 29/09/20)
Who is the Second Doctor?
In case you only know 21st century Doctor Who (Christopher Eccleston -> Jodie Whittaker), or just want to dig a bit deeper into the Second Doctor stories, here’s a bit of background, and some places to find out more.
Doctor Who began in 1966 and for three years the title character was played by William Hartnell. He loved playing this children’s hero, but became ill and would no longer be able to carry on in the role. This could have been a major problem for the BBC, but the writers of the show came up with the idea that, as The Doctor is an alien, perhaps he could ‘renew’ his body and, thus, be played by a different actor! An idea we’re all comfortable with now, but was a major gamble at the time, as they did not know if the show could still be successful without it’s familiar leading man.
Producer Innes Lloyd chose Patrick Troughton for his wide experience and versatility (see IMDB for his credits), and the decision was made to play him as a “cosmic hobo”, a bit like a Charlie Chaplin in space. Troughton was very nervous about stepping into Bill Hartnell’s shoes, and felt the pressure of the show upon him. But audiences were won round to this charming, sometimes clown-like figure, who’s outer joviality hid a steel-trap of a mind, and a deep sense of justice.
The second Doctor fought many monsters, old and new. The Cybermen featured in 4 stories, and the Daleks in 2, and new returning enemies arose in this era : the Ice Warriors and the Great Intelligence. This Doctor travelled with many companions – two he inherited from the “first” Doctor Ben (Michael Craze) and Polly (Anneke Wills), soon to be joined by young Scot Jamie McCrimmon (Fraser Hines) who stayed with this Doctor from the second story right through to his last. Jamie was joined by Victoria Waterfield (Deborah Watling) and Zoe Heriot (Wendy Padbury). This era also saw the first stories to feature UNIT, with their leader, firstly Colonel, later Brigadier, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney).
The end for the Second Doctor came in an epic ten-part story, The War Games, where we ended six years of mystery, finding out that The Doctor is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. When he reluctantly calls on his people – from whom he is on the run – to help, they do so but they also put the Doctor on trial for breaking their laws of non-interefence in other worlds. The Doctor puts up a strong defence saying that there are evils in the Universe that need fighting, but is sentenced to exile on a planet he has shown much interest in – Earth – and for his appearance to be changed again . . .
Troughton seemed unaware how loved his Doctor was until he started participating in conventions in the 80s, and was thrilled to find out. He reprised his role in the 10th anniversary story The Three Doctors, and the 20th anniversary The Five Doctors, and the non-anniversary The Two Doctors with sixth Doctor, Colin Baker.
Where you can find 2nd Doctor stories and collectables
Before I ever saw him on TV I first encountered the Second Doctor through the story novelisations by Target. You can find many of these on Ebay and Amazon, and you can hear many of them being read as audiobooks on Audible. Some of them have also been made into beautiful, collectable vinyl albums ( like The Abominable Snowmen).
You can, of course, buy the DVDs/Blu-Rays. Some are the whole story. Others, because the original was wiped, like Fury, are animated (The Faceless Ones, Power of the Daleks). Some are stories that were missing, but have now been found – like this blog’s name’s sake The Web of Fear, and The Enemy of the World), and you can hear the story of how they were found in the interview below for the ‘Time Space Visualiser’ virtual con. You can find the DVDs at Amazon, Zoom and Zavvi.
I have made a list of all the 2nd stories and how they are able to be experienced – Target novelisation, audio recording with narration, audiobook, dvd and blu-ray. Go to the ‘Extras’ link at the top of the page (or click here).
If this has given you a taste for the Second Doctor and you want to hear new stories, there are a few ways you can do this. Big Finish continue to produce classic Doctor stories, and you can find Second Doctor ones here. You can also buy CDs of these stories on Amazon, and hear them on Audible.
Finally you can commemorate the Second Doctor with various other items of interest from stamp covers, to a model of the Doctor with the Tardis, ‘Mr Men books’, all of which can be found at Amazon, and figurines & badges available from Eaglemoss. Iwoot also have various Second Doctor items like artwork or, if you’re so inclined, a mask!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at the time of the Second Doctor. If you have, please leave some comments below, and please sign up to my newsletter to get deals, news & views from the worlds of Doctor Who by e-mail. Thanks.