Make room on your viewing calendar, Whovians, for the latest animated Doctor Who special, “Fury from the Deep.”
Although it has been available for early access for nearly a week on the AMC+ SVOD streaming bundle, Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep will have its official US debut tomorrow on linear TV, on its home channel of BBC America.
Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep is a six-part serial from the fifth season of Doctor Who. Its original episodes from 1968 are completely missing from the BBC Archives, but thanks to clips from overseas broadcast and other sources, combined with the imagination and skill of the animators, the folks at Big Finish Productions and BBC Studios were able to recreate the story. And it’s awesome.
The adventure begins with the TARDIS landing on the surface of the sea, just off the coast of England. The Doctor (Patrick Troughton, The Omen) and his companions, Jamie (Frazer Hines, Two Days in the Smoke) and Victoria (Deborah Watling, The Invisible Man), use a rubber dinghy to get to shore, where they find a massive amount of foam on the beach and hear a strange sound coming from within the pipeline by the foam. Minutes later, all three of them collapse, having been shot with tranquilizer darts.
When the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria awaken, they discover they are being held prisoner by the security guards of Euro Sea, a gas refinery company, as they were found in a restricted area. As the Doctor tries to explain to Robson (Victor Maddern, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), the head of the refinery’s operations, and his second in command, Frank Harris (Roy Spencer, Julius Caesar), the control room has lost contact with the crew on one of the offshore drilling rigs. There has also been a drop in pressure in the feed lines from the rigs. Against the recommendations of Harris and Dutch consultant Van Lutyens (John Abineri, Robin Hood), Robson refuses to shut off the gas flow from the rigs to do a check.
Needless to say, the situation at the refinery and on the rigs gets decidedly worse. So it is up to the Doctor and Jamie to find out what is going on, and what they learn is a doozy: the seaweed they have encountered is extremely dangerous — it is attacking the crews and has taken control of Robson’s mind. Then it goes after the Doctor. He thinks he knows a way to conquer the foamy creature, but with it closing in all around them, it too late?
Written by Victor Pemberton (Tightrope) and directed by Hugh David (Luke’s Kingdom), Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep has its official US premiere tomorrow, Sunday, March 21, on BBC America, where all six episodes will air back to back starting at 6 PM ET/5 PM CT.
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