The Underwater Menace

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Plot

The TARDIS arrives on a extinct volcanic island. Before long, the travellers are captured and taken into the depths of the Earth, where they find a hidden civilisation – the lost city of Atlantis.

The Atlanteans worship a goddess named Amdo and use Fish People – men and women operated upon so that they can breathe under the sea – to farm the plankton-based food on which they survive. A deranged scientist, Professor Zaroff, has convinced them that he can raise their city from the sea, but actually he plans to drain the ocean into the Earth’s molten core, so that the resultant superheated steam will cause the planet to explode.

The travellers meet up with two shipwreck survivors, Sean and Jacko, who manage to persuade the Fish People to rebel and stop work. The Doctor eventually manages to foil Zaroff’s plan, but only by breaking down the sea walls and flooding the city. Zaroff drowns, but everyone else escapes.

Cast & Crew

Cast

The Doctor – Patrick Troughton
Ben Jackson – Michael Craze
Jamie – Frazer Hines
Polly – Anneke Wills
Ara – Catherine Howe
Damon – Colin Jeavons
Damon’s assistant – Gerald Taylor
Jacko – Paul Anil
Lolem – Peter Stephens
Nola – Roma Woodnutt
Overseer – Graham Ashley
Ramo – Tom Watson
Sean – P G Stephens
Thous – Noel Johnson
Zaroff – Joseph Furst
Zaroff’s guard – Tony Handy

Crew

Director – Julia Smith
Assistant Floor Manager – Gareth Gwenlan
Costumes – Sandra Reid
Costumes – Juanita Waterson
Designer – Jack Robinson
Fight Arranger – Derek Ware
Film Cameraman – Alan Jonas
Film Editor – Eddie Wallstab
Incidental Music – Dudley Simpson
Make-Up – Gillian James
Producer – Innes Lloyd
Production Assistant – Norman Stewart
Special Sounds – Brian Hodgson
Story Editor – Gerry Davis
Studio Lighting – George Summers
Studio Sound – Bryan Forgham
Title Music – Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, arranged by Delia Derbyshire
Writer – Geoffrey Orme

First Transmitted

1 – 14/01/1967 17:50
2 – 21/01/1967 17:50
3 – 28/01/1967 17:50
4 – 04/02/1967 17:50

Episodes 1 & 3 are missing from the BBC Archives.

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© Anneke Wills 2017