‘THE SEA DEVILS’
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What Lies Beneath? – Sea Devils
‘The Sea Devils’ is a six-part story by Malcolm Hulke on a 1-disc DVD. It features Jon Pertwee’s Doctor with Jo Grant and the Master. This is one of my favourite stories from the Jon Pertwee era of ‘Doctor Who’.
I love ‘The Sea Devils’! The Doctor and Jo visit the Master at an island prison, following ‘The Dæmons’. There also have been reports of sinking ships, as the Sea Devils wake up to reclaim Earth.
I’ve had the DVD cover of ‘The Sea Devils’ signed by the lovely Katy Manning (Jo Grant) and director Michael E. Briant. I saw them at the ‘Pandorica’ conventions in Bristol, in September 2014 and 2015.
I enjoyed meeting Katy at conventions. She so delightful and cheers me up when I chat to her. Katy shared her memories of this story with me as she remembers the Sea Devils as ‘poor little darlings’.
Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks decided to do a sequel to ‘Doctor Who and the Silurians’. This story by Malcolm Hulke features the appearance of the Silurians’ sea-based cousins now called the Se Devils.
This story, directed Michael E. Briant, had some help from the Royal Navy. This was a nice change to have the navy take part instead of U.N.I.T. Having the navy makes the story exciting and compelling.
Jon Pertwee is great as the Doctor. He gets to be the dashing hero, even when he and Jo get into trouble. I liked the Doctor and the Master’s sword fight and the Doctor using his sonic screwdriver.
I liked the moment when Jon’s Doctor gets un-handcuffed and re-handcuffed and says ‘how kind of you’ and then ‘how unkind of you’. I also like it when he ‘reverses the polarity of the neutron flow’.
Katy Manning is wonderful as Jo Grant. Jo joins the Doctor and gets to do so much such as riding a motorcycle and helping the Doctor to escape prison. Jo’s escapology skills are put to good use in this.
Jo also shows her compassionate and caring side. I like it when Jo protests to the politician Walker about starting a nuclear air strike on the Sea Devils, especially when the Doctor’s in the middle of it.
Roger Delgado as the Master is captivating and thrilling to watch with his maniacal and manipulative evil schemes. He uses Trenchard for his plans and he gets to use his hypnotic skills on some people.
The Master seems to know a lot about the Sea Devils as he wants to provoke a war between them and the humans. It gets tense when the Master gets to win the Sea Devils at some point in the story.
The guest cast includes Edwin Richfield as Captain Hart; Clive Morton as Colonel Trenchard; Martin Boddey as Walker; Jane Murphy as Blythe; Donald Sumpter as Ridgeway and David Griffin (from ‘Keeping Up Appearances’) as Mitchell.
I liked the Sea Devils. My parents can’t take them seriously. My Dad finds them funny when they rise out of the water and sings “Oh I do like to be beside the sea-side…” Katy laughed when I told her that. I like the whispery voices that the Sea Devils have.
The DVD special features are as follows. There’s a commentary with director Michael E. Briant; producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks, moderated Andrew Cartmel. There’s also an isolated music score option by Malcolm Hulke and an info text commentary option to enjoy.
There’s also a making-of documentary called ‘Hello Sailor’ featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew. There’s also a ‘8mm Film’; trailers and continuity announcements; PDFs including a ‘Radio Times’ Billings and ‘The Making of the Doctor Who’ book; and a photo gallery of the story.
There’s also a coming soon trailer for ‘The Time Meddler’ with William Hartnell, Maureen O’Brien and Peter Purves.
‘The Sea Devils’ is a great ‘Doctor Who’ story to watch. It never lets down for me and I enjoyed watching the Doctor fighting the Master with Jo Grant and Captain Hart. The Sea Devils were a treat and with action-packed sequences and lots of fun out on the sea, you can’t go wrong with this one.
‘The Sea Devils’ rating – 10/10
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