This is the story that introduced us to the Sonic Screwdriver, a device that would forever change the world of the Doctor, but that is not the only thing that this story offers.
Although all six episodes have gone “missing” from the BBC archives the audio still exists in full. The pictures may be gone but the performances are not lost.
The TARDIS crew land near a North Sea gas refinery off the east coast of, you guessed it, England. At first all seems well and they plan to make good use of the beach despite the cold, but it isn’t long before they notice an eerie calm followed by what sounds like a heart beat coming from a gas pipe stemming across the beach surrounded by seaweed and foam.
The Doctor uses his Sonic Screwdriver to remove a cover plate to the pipe to see if an animal of some sort is stuck inside. Just as the cover is removed security guards immediately catch them and they mistake the Doctor to be a saboteur. It seems the Sonic has gotten him into trouble from day one.
I’ll admit that for the first episode or so it is a little tough to keep track of which character is which, as it was not specifically recorded for audio, but with the help of Frazer Hines, providing linking narration, you soon sort it out with no problem.
Aside from the fact that he played Jamie McCrimmon, Frazer Hines was the perfect choice as the narrator for this story, displaying such dedication to the show, and that – coupled with his friendship with Patrick Troughton and Deborah Watling – means you get a narrator who goes the extra mile to keep your attention and make you sit on the edge of your seat.
The supporting cast are all in top form as well. There really isn’t anything that comes close to the feel of the “Black and White-era” of the show and it’s amazing to see that without pictures that feeling is still very much present.
Now I said before that the Sonic Screwdriver is not the only thing that this story offers, many of you may know this, but for those who don’t I’ll let you in. “Fury from the Deep” is, Doctor Who companion, Victoria Waterfield’s final story.
One of the saddest things about these missing episodes is that moments such as these are lost. Continuity, for a fan wanting to catch up on the past watching “every episode” in order, will be a jumbled mess. But here we have the ability to hear this rather powerful and heart wrenching scene in all it amazingly written, and brilliantly acted glory.
Best of all you didn’t have the last minute shock of her exiting the show in the final few moments with no warning, they weaved her decision subtly during the course of a few episodes for the viewer to piece together what was happening and even prepare for the loss of a friend.
Only a handful of clips survive from this story, but thankfully one of them is of two possessed humans who breathe toxic gas at their victims.
Itâ€™s clips like this that burn their image into the viewer’s heads as they hear these audios which, in my opinion, really helps to keep that connection to the past.
I have listened to quite a few of these missing story audios and some of them can be a bit hard to keep up with the story line at first listen, but I found “Fury from the Deep” to be very captivating and easy to follow.
Even though finding the missing video to this story would be preferable, it is still very nice to know that this story is not lost forever. Through the audio medium we can have a link to the past and not miss out on a piece of history.