Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace (1967)

UK, 14 January -4 February 1967
4 episodes, average 25m
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous serial: The Highlanders (1966)
Next serial: The Moonbase (1967)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 4, episodes 19-22

A British television science fiction serial directed by Julia Smith. This serial contains the first of three contradictory accounts in of what hapened to the mythical city of . Only two full episodes are know to have survived and episode 2 is the earliest surviving Patrick Troughton episode.

Premise

After landing on an extinct volcanic island, the crew of the are captured and taken into the depths of the Earth to the lost city of Atlantis. There they enconted the , genetically engineered humans who can live underwater, and the mad scientist Professor Zaroff who claims to be able to raise the city back to the surface. But in truth, he secretly plans to drain the sea into the Earth's core and destroy the planet…

Credits

* = uncredited

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

Cast
Episode 1
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Anneke Wills (Polly)
Michael Craze (Ben)
Frazer Hines ()
Catherine Howe (Ara)
Tom Watson (Ramo)
Peter Stephens (Lolem)
Colin Jeavons (Damon)
Joseph Furst (Professor Zaroff)

Episode 2
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Anneke Wills (Polly)
Michael Craze (Ben)
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Catherine Howe (Ara)
Tom Watson (Ramo)
Colin Jeavons (Damon)
Joseph Furst (Professor Zaroff)
Gerald Taylor (Damon's assistant)
Graham Ashley (overseer)
Tony Handy (Zaroff's guard)
Paul Anil (Jacko)
P.G. Stephens (Sean)
Noel Johnson (Thous)

Episode 3
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Anneke Wills (Polly)
Michael Craze (Ben)
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Catherine Howe (Ara)
Tom Watson (Ramo)
Peter Stephens (Lolem)
Colin Jeavons (Damon)
Joseph Furst (Professor Zaroff)
Tony Handy (Zaroff's guard)
Paul Anil (Jacko)
P.G. Stephens (Sean)
Noel Johnson (Thous)
Roma Woodnutt (Nola)

Episode 4
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Anneke Wills (Polly)
Michael Craze (Ben)
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Catherine Howe (Ara)
Colin Jeavons (Damon)
Joseph Furst (Professor Zaroff)
Graham Ashley (overseer)
Tony Handy (Zaroff's guard)
Paul Anil (Jacko)
P.G. Stephens (Sean)
Noel Johnson (Thous)

Uncredited
Alex Donald, Tony Douglas [Zaroff's guards]
John Adams, Reg Cranfield, Peter Stockbridge, Mary Wheeler, Marguerite Young [people in market]
Bill Burridge, Jimmy Mack []
Ralph Watson [Overseer at generating station]
Cathy Ash, Derek calder, Nigel Clayton, Alex Donald, Perin Lewis, Mary McMillan, Judy Nicholls, Tony Starr [fish people]
Robin Scott, Alan Vicars [laboratory assistants]
Leonard Kingston, Denis Redwood, David Waterman [medical orderlies]
Keith Ashley, Michael Earl, Ronald Gough, Dean Hardy, Derek Hunt, Sonny Willis [Atlantean guards]
John Adams, Laurence Archer, Reg Cranfield, Fred David, Alex Donald, Tony Douglas, Royston Farrell, Stanley Jacomb, Leonard Kingston, Gordon Lang, Bob Raymond, Denis Redwood, Darroll Richards, Peter Stockbridge, Hein Viljoen, David Waterman [Atlantean priests]
Samuel Burleigh, Anthony Kemp, Edmund O'Dwyer, Gary O'Brien, Shane Younger [child priests]
Keith Ashley, Royston Farrell, Dean Hardy, Philip Joste, Gordon Lang, Denis Redwood, Robin Scott, Alan Vicars, Hein Viljoen, David Waterman [miners]

Alternative Titles

Atlanta – working title
Doctor Who and the Fish People – working title
Doctor Who under the Sea – working title

Extracts included in
's Composer: Dudley Simpson: Part One 1964-69 (2009)

References

Books

  • Doctor Who: The Handbook: The by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers, Stephen James Walker pp.52-60 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.114-116 – credits, synopsis, review