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The Underwater Menace: Episode 1 

The TARDIS materialises on a deserted beach where the Doctor and his friends are captured by primitive warriors and taken to the fabled city of Atlantis.


Julia Smith


Geoffrey Orme




Episode credited cast:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Michael Craze ... Ben
Frazer Hines ... Jamie
Anneke Wills ... Polly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Graham Ashley Graham Ashley ... Overseer
Bill Burridge Bill Burridge ... Priest
Joseph Fürst ... Professor Zaroff
Catherine Howe Catherine Howe ... Ara
Colin Jeavons ... Damon
Peter Stephens Peter Stephens ... Lolem
Gerald Taylor ... Assistant
Tom Watson Tom Watson ... Ramo


The TARDIS materialises on a deserted beach where the Doctor and his friends are captured by primitive warriors and taken to the fabled city of Atlantis.

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Release Date:

14 January 1967 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening TARDIS scene, Polly, Ben and the Doctor are each heard "thinking" about where they would like to land next in a rare example of internal monologue. This was achieved by pre-recording the actors' voices and playing them back during the making of the episode. See more »


[first lines]
Jamie McCrimmon: [upon entering the TARDIS for the first time, he looks around him. The central column rises and falls] What's this?
The Doctor: You'll find out.
[operates the controls]
Jamie McCrimmon: Ah, I don't think I want to.
Ben Jackson: It's a machine, my old haggis; it's taken you away from Scotland forever.
Jamie McCrimmon: Where to?
Ben Jackson: Ah, well, that as the Doctor would say, that is in the lap of the gods. We never know.
Jamie McCrimmon: Ah, you'd not be leading me on now, would you? It's a fact; you don't know where we're going?
Polly Wright: Quite true, and what's more we don't ...
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Referenced in A Fishy Tale (2015) See more »

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A Fishy Tale - Disappointing and often silly this is one of Doctor Who's least successful stories.
21 August 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

This 4 part story has to go down as a major failure in the series history. It takes place on Atlantis and sadly it is silly and badly produced in most respects compared to the series usual great standards. Being quite ridiculous at times it is at best camp fun but it mostly fails to maintain that fun as it is also pretty boring much of the time. The attempts at humour often fall flat and its implausible story (from writer Geoffrey Orme) is not a good idea.

A disappointing adventure in almost every respect with only the regular cast's performances and a few small elements raising it above an Atlantis like descent into total awfulness. One of the worst Doctor Who stories but with just enough fun and decent aspects to keep it above the level of a lot of the dross you see on TV.

One word in its defence, many people accuse the villain Zaroff of having an awful accent but that was the actor Joseph Furst's own natural accent!

All 4 Episodes - 4/10

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