Loose Cannon Production 22
Fury from the Deep
"It's down there, in the pipeline, in the darkness… waiting."

     
BBC Production Details
Production Code: RR
Original Transmission (UK): Saturday 16 March 1968 -
Saturday 20 April 1968
Season: 5
Number of Episodes: 6
Writer: Victor Pemberton
Producer: Peter Bryant
Director: Hugh David
 

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Loose Cannon Production Details
Production Release Date: Feb 2005
Episode(s) Reconstructed: Episodes 1,2,3,4,5,6
Source Material: John Cura's telesnaps
Audio recorded by Graham Strong
  Surviving clips
Other authentic pictures
  Composite pictures
  CGI (Computer Generated Images)
Pictures from other stories / sources
Specially Created Material
Tape length required: UK / Australia: E240
USA / Canada: T120 & T160 (i.e. 2 tapes)
     

Bonus Material

As well as the reconstruction we are able to bring you the following goodies…

 

Celebrity Introduction

Providing the introduction for this reconstruction is actor Roy Spencer, who played Harris in the original story. As the first part of the introduction Roy gives a personal account of his memories of working on Fury from the Deep. Learn more about Roy Spencer's work in our Hall of Fame...

   

Production Featurette

The second part of the introduction is a short 'mini-documentary' which gives an insight into the events that led to Fury from the Deep being written as a Dr Who story. This is wonderfully narrated by Roy Spencer.

 

Celebrity Interview

Also included on the tape is an interview with Roy Spencer. Roy talks to Loose Cannon about numerous subjects, including some of his most memorable acting experiences, and his interests and hobbies. Roy has some wonderful memories of his time on Dr Who and these are captured in this exclusive interview.

 

Bonus Extra - Production Documentary

To complete this remarkable compilation tape we are also re-releasing the marvellous "Making of Fury from the Deep" documentary produced by Richard Bignell. This documentary is already well known by many fans. We were delighted when Richard agreed to us including it on the Loose Cannon reconstruction.

 

Special Note:  

No episodes of this serial are known to survive. If any should resurface and be released at a later date, please purchase such an official BBC video release to complement our reconstruction.

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Loose Cannon Says:

The original production of Fury from the Deep saw the inclusion of some truly terrifying scenes, making it one of the most memorable Dr Who stories of all time. Sadly no episodes survive from this story, with only a few censor clips providing an insight into this remarkable production. Now you can see the Loose Cannon reconstruction of this story. At last, all the known clips can be seen in context. Telesnaps, publicity photos, set photos, video effects and computer generated animations combine to make this the most complete representation of this story ever compiled.

Synopsis:

When the TARDIS lands the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria on the coast of England near a North sea gas refinery, they are immediately accused of sabotage. Contact has been lost with the crews of several of the gas rigs and there have been unexplained fluctuations in pressure from the gas in the pipeline, from which a strange rhythmic heartbeat can be heard. They soon find that a form of intelligent seaweed is attempting to take over humanity - and the invasion has already begun...

Reviews:

Review by Col Nicol

A CLASSIC story and a CLASSIC recon.

Since the release of the colour Marco Polo, the recons have became even better and I didnt think it could be done after the superb Marco Polo. I have never seen Fury but this recon can make you believe you have seen it. Great CGI usage to provide material of the helicopter and the forts, and the seaweed creatures appearance in the story and also animating the monitor screen. Great use of clips and surviving footage especially in episode 6 as the seaweed creature attacks the base, really brings this story alive and rates as a "behind the sofa."

All in all the recon has excellent clear soundtrack, clear pictures, believable composites (you would think they were taken during the making of the story) and fantastic use of surviving material and NOT forgeting the extra FANTASTIC Richard Bignells documentary making Of Fury From Deep. All this on the one tape and even more with the guest introduction and interview of Roy Spencer.

If you have not got this recon, GET IT NOW as you wont be disapointed.

WELL DONE TO ALL INVOLVED IN THIS RECON

 

Review by Jason Macbeth

Just finished it and, as always, was delighted by the recon. I swear, each new recon is getting more and more life-like. Loved the CGI of the helicopter flying around the rigs- reminded me of a video game. Very careful attention to using clips and new filmed sequences whenever possible. My only disappointment was that I was hoping for a "Galaxy 4" style refilming of Mrs. Harris' walk in the water. Oh well- keep up the good work!

 

Review by Christopher Loftus

Unfortunatley much of late 1960's Doctor Who is a jigsaw puzzle. What is left is a mismatch of single episodes, telesnaps and audio, which leaves us very little to enjoy, and can be very frustrating. The worst era for this is the Troughton years, with very few episods remaining in the archives.
When a story like Fury is mentioned many of us look at it as being a classic, which was shamefully burned, (in a space clearing exercise!) but it takes a reconstrution like Loose Cannon's Fury from the Deep to realise how good a classic the story is, (maybe the memory doesn't cheat after all!).
Without any of the episodes of this story surviving the team has created one of the best releases so far, which flows beautifully, and never lets up on excitement and tension.
When you compare this recontruction to the previously issued reconstruction of this story, you realise how much work has gone into making the story flow, by use of additional photographs, clips and recreated images.
1960's Doctor Who may be a jigsaw of surviving materal, but what Loose Cannon has shown is, even with limited resources, it is posible to capture the magic of a long gone era. I wish I had a TARDIS, and could enjoy the story in its true brilliance, and due to the efforts of the Loose Cannon team I feel like I have!

The extras were excellent also, with the Timeframe documentary giving insight in to how the story was created, much like watching a DWM archive feature. Well done to everyone who has played a part in such a fantasic release.

 

Review by Chris Longhurst

A great package. The FFTD reconstuction flows nicely with the various clips well integrated. When I first saw this back in '67 the weirdos breathing poison gas were seriously disturbing (and I was 16 then !) - and they still are today. No wonder the censors in the antipodes cut them out.

The interview was informative and the Making of FFTD a great bonus with a lot of detail. The colour section from the production floor of FFTD at the end of this documentary was excellent - someone will be able to make a colour recon someday with the info here !!

Thanks again LC team - Chris

 

Review by Shane Anderson

I've just sat down and watched this entire recon in one sitting. It really is very well put together. The little touches like the flickering on the monitor screens, or the moving shot of foam superimposed over the still shots of a vent or the patio are nicely done. And, as always, it's nice to see the clips in context of the story.

As I told my wife when I'd watched the Massacre recon, you almost feel as though you've seen the actual episodes after watching one of these. It's not quite the same, but pretty close. Thanks for all the hard work!

 

Review by Chad Moore

Brilliant! This is one of *the* best reconstructions, ever. Loose Cannon have truly outdone themselves with this one. I honestly feel as if I just watched the actual episodes of "Fury from the Deep." The images and sound are crystal clear, and the existing footage is seamlessly integrated into the recon. Highly recommended!

 

Review by John Reid

Fury from the Deep was the last of seven stories to feature Deborah Watling as Victoria. Watching her departure was the second time I've cried watching Doctor Who in two days having just seen the Ecclestone adventure Father's Day. Fury Like it's predecessors not only featured high production values but introduced first's for the show that would have a lasting effect for twenty years - replace an oil rig with either a nuclear power station or a coal mine in a cave and replace seaweed that organically had mutated due to sewage with Sea devils, Zygons or Magggots and you have it. Any recon was going to be a treat I'm almost glad the Loose Cannon team have left the best to last using what footage or photo's were available especially in high quality was always going to add a quality and the cgi of the helecopter flying through the Oil Rig was spot on (I can only guess how good the original was). It was also good to see the behind the scenes footages wasn't used as it could easily fell into the trap of using every second, (more than was actually seen on screen time,) the documentry afterwards showed the effort that went into making this classic and I eagilly await some more Troughton classics.

 

Review by David Butcher

This is my first recon review. What can I say? Magnificent. I never saw this when it was shown here in Australia as I was not born then. Listening to the audio it was hard to picture the action etc, but since I got the Loose Cannon recon it was like actually watching the original. As a matter of factI got my brother in law to watch it (he loathes Dr Who) and he wants more, so I've put in another order.

10 out of 10. Can't wait to see more.

 

Review by Damon Didcott

Just as with Dalek's Master Plan, I came in with high hopes of a quality story and a quality reconstruction, and I wasn't disappointed.

With an opponent that can basically be described as "killer seaweed", this could easily have been a bit of a joke but the tension is superb. It plays like a Quatermass story or Hughes' "The Thing", all tight claustrophobia and that tremendous beating heart effect. It's a great example of how superior direction can work wonders.

A classic I would never have fully appreciated if it wasn't for the Loose Cannon team. "Splendid fellows, all of them."

 

Review by Christopher Forbes

I hadn't heard the audio for this story but had seen surviving clips and had some idea of what the story was about. I had asked my library to get the audio for this one but to no avail. The Loose Cannon team have brought this story back from the dead. Shame about the lack of movement in the first few episodes, which would be blamed on the lack of clips for the early part of the story. I had to stop the story and laugh everytime a certain image appeared. If you get this recon you will no doubt notice it. Maybe Loose Cannon could have redirected the Doctor's eyes to look somewhere a little more civilised than up Jamie's kilt when the Doctor suggests escape through the ventilation shaft. Ha ha. It's still in my mind's eye! No, leave it there it's a good laugh. The CGI was good to add movement and excitement to the scene with the helicopter just avoiding the rigs. It would just be boring if it was simply a long scroll of text.
Great recon guys!

As for the story itself. The story is great! Shame it was lost, because it had a good plot and the constant threat of the weed was good. It's quite slow (as most six-parters are) but gets going by about episode 2 or 3. Quill is quite frightening in the scene in which Oak and Quill emit toxic gas at Mrs. Harris. His gradual change from slightly freaky frown to terrifying eye-popping madness is great! I'm glad us Australians censored what we did because it's all the good bits! (I can't imagine watching it all without those bits though as it would just add to the slow feel and hardly ever keep you on the edge of your seat) Why did they add Megan Jones in there! It seemes just to be an excuse to add more of the iconic unbelieving of the Doctor which really doesn't come across anyway. Audio releases rarely give good story's credit, however, Fury From the Deep is still rated well even when listened to. When all is said and done it's a good story that could really do with a surviving episode. Please let one of them be out there!

The Story 8/10
The Recon 9/10
Great work Loose Cannon!

 

Review by Adam Butt

I've always wanted to see this story because I've seen the pictures of it and it looked interesting with Victoria leaving and all that (very sad because she was quite sexy and I'm sure The Doctor and Jamie thought so too). Anyway, I seen the audio and book on the internet up for sale and I thought, "Nah... I need something better" So I found a link on the web and it said recons.com and I was really excited as it said Fury From The Deep so my first reaction was to get it!

I was really impressed the most with the surviving clips as I thought this portrayed the most what the story was originally like and I was exasperated at how good the reconstructed helicopter scenes in CGI were. I mean this must be so close to what it was originally like even though I did not see it originally. It's so well reconstructed that I can actually say to my grandchildren in god knows how many years time 'I watched Doctor Who And The Fury From The Deep!' On the last episode I like that they put the thing on the beginning of it "This is BBC One. And now it's time for the last episode of Doctor Who: Fury From The Deep!"
-CLASSIC!

 

Review by Max Goldstein

This is a brilliant story, and a brilliant recon! The CGI effects were great, and there is a great increase in quality from early recons! 10/10!

 
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