‘WARRIORS OF THE DEEP’
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What Lies Beneath? – Silurians, Sea Devils and the Myrka
‘Warriors of the Deep’ is a four-part story by Johnny Byrne on a 1-disc DVD. It features Peter Davison’s Doctor with Tegan and Turlough. I’m afraid to say it, but this is the weakest story of the Silurians/Sea Devils trilogy.
It’s also my least favourite story from the Peter Davison era. ‘Warriors’ features the return of the Silurians and the Sea Devils. The story suffered production problems and makes it pretty lacklustre.
The year is 2084. Earth is in on the verge of annihilation as two power blocks fight each other. The Silurians and the Sea Devils make to take over Sea Base Four, as they want to use it to wipe out humanity.
I’ve seen some members of the ‘Warriors of the Deep’ cast at two conventions. In February 2010, I saw Ingrid Pitt; Tara Ward; James Coombes and Vincent Brimble on a panel at the ‘Fifth Element’ convention in Chiswick, London, February 2010. I also saw Tom Adams on a panel with Michael Cochrane at the ‘celebrate 50 – The Peter Davison Years’ convention in Chiswick, London, April 2013.
I’ve now had the DVD cover of ‘Warriors of the Deep’ signed by visual effects designer Mat Irvine, who I met at the ‘Bournemouth Film and Comic Con’ in August 2015. It was nice to chat to Mat about this story.
There’s a cold war atmosphere featured in this story. The two human power blocks are nameless and there are enemy agents within. I wish this story wasn’t overshadowed by production problems.
Peter Davison still impresses as the Doctor. He learns about the ‘cold war’ situation at the sea base and tries to be the desperate peacemaker between the humans; the Silurians and the Sea Devils again.
Janet Fielding as Tegan is okay. She doesn’t get much character development sadly, as I found Tegan to be moaning and sulking a lot. I liked it when Tegan tried to save the Doctor from a vat of water.
Mark Strickson as Turlough is also undeveloped. Turlough’s no longer the assassin and tends to be moody. I liked the moment when Turlough gets Nilson to open Airlock 1 to save the Doctor and Tegan.
The guest cast are also pretty good including Tom Adams as Vorshak; Ian McCulloch as Nilson; Ingrid Pitt as Dr. Solow; Tara Ward as Preston; Martin Neil as Maddox and Nitza Saul as Karina.
I was disappointed with the look of the Silurians. They deviate from the original look and they also walk strangely and slowly. I like how the Silurians have names such as Ichtar; Scibus and Tarpork.
I found the Sea Devils equally disappointing. They walk very slowly and their heads are overlong. The fight scenes are pretty appalling. I still like their whispery voices and they have a leader called Sauvix.
And there’s the Myrka! Oh my! What were they thinking of?! This really spoiled the story, as the Myrka looks pathetic and silly. It didn’t do anything except electrocute people if you got ridiculously close to it.
The DVD special features are as follows. There’s an enjoyable commentary with Peter Davison; Janet Fielding; script editor Eric Saward and visual effects designer Mat Irvine. There’s also an isolated music option by Jonathan Gibbs and an info-text commentary option to enjoy.
There’s a making-of documentary called ‘The Depths’ with cast and crew interviews; an additional behind-the-scenes featurette called ‘They Came From Beneath The Sea’; a ‘Science in Action’ featurette; trailers and continuity announcements; a ‘Radio Times Listings’ PDF of the story; a photo gallery of the story and an ‘Easter Egg’.
There’s also a coming soon trailer for ‘The Time Meddler’ with William Hartnell, Maureen O’Brien and Peter Purves.
‘Warriors of the Deep’ is sadly the worst ‘Doctor Who’ story for me. It does have its moments but I’m afraid the production values spoiled it. As the Doctor said, “There should have been another way!”
I’ve enjoyed watching the three stories from the ‘Beneath the Surface’ DVD box set. ‘Doctor Who and the Silurians’ and ‘The Sea Devils’ are really good whilst ‘Warriors of the Deep’ is the weakest of the three. The Silurians and the Sea Devils are ‘Doctor Who’ monsters that I’ve enjoyed seeing, as I’ve found them very interesting.
This certainly isn’t the last of them. The Silurians made their comeback into ‘Doctor Who’ through books, comics and audios. They returned to face Colin Baker’s Doctor in the audio story, ‘Bloodtide’, and also faced Matt Smith’s Doctor in the two-part TV story, ‘The Hungry Earth’/’Cold Blood’.
‘Warriors of the Deep’ rating – 4/10
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