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The Underwater Menace: Episode 2 

While Ara tries to save Polly from being turned into a Fish Person and Ben and Jamie try to escape from the mines, the Doctor discovers the full extent of Zaroff's plans.

Director:

Julia Smith

Writer:

Geoffrey Orme (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Anneke Wills ... Polly
Colin Jeavons ... Damon
Gerald Taylor ... Damon's Assistant
Joseph Fürst ... Professor Zaroff
Catherine Howe Catherine Howe ... Ara
Graham Ashley Graham Ashley ... Overseer
Tony Handy Tony Handy ... Zaroff's Guard
Michael Craze ... Ben
Frazer Hines ... Jamie
Paul Anil Paul Anil ... Jacko
P.G. Stephens P.G. Stephens ... Sean
Tom Watson Tom Watson ... Ramo
Noel Johnson Noel Johnson ... King Thous
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Storyline

While Ara tries to save Polly from being turned into a Fish Person and Ben and Jamie try to escape from the mines, the Doctor discovers the full extent of Zaroff's plans.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1967 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode was wiped by the BBC and no copy of it was known to exist, until December 2011 when it was recovered from a former ITV engineer. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Damon: [close-ups of hypodermic being filled from a bottle] One tiny jab, and you'll know nothing more about it until it's all over.
[Polly sobs]
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Connections

Featured in Second Time Around: The Troughton Years (2012) 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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