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Reviewed By: NewWorldreviewsReview Date: 11/17/15 11:55 am
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

After his earlier whimsical tale for the second season of Fourth Doctor Adventures, Jonathan Morris, has decided to focus more inward for a proper slice of The Seeds Of Doom mixed with The Tomb Of The Cybermen. And while it can never be counted as one of the most original scripts ever, with a lot of ideas being taken from earlier stories, it's still an enjoyable piece of fiction with plenty to recommend it. The idea of setting a story in a submarine is a great one, it's just a pity that Cold War literally piped Big Finish to the post about a month or so before, because the ideas here are so very strong. Sure, the concept of super-intelligent squid may seem outlandish, but Doctor Who often worked best when being prepared to be outlandish and attempt to do something different. This may seem an extreme example of that, but it's making a clear point. But I just loved the fact that Morris managed to maintain the contained feeling of the story, without the need to branch out into the fantastical and the epic. He just keeps the story flowing with the right amount of ideas for an hour-long story so that it doesn't feel too crowded. Each individual idea is given the right amount of space, and this therefore produces a really enjoyable listen. While the K9 is possessed angle may seem a little derivative, it just enhances the story to be there, and makes a great and chilling cliffhanger with K9's final line. I just love the traditional feel that Morris is going for here, because it just makes the story such an easy listen. While I don't think character is as key here as it has been to some of the other stories this season, I was still able to identify with them. My only character quibble would be that they were a little samey, and the real purpose as to why they were in the Mariana Trench feels a little tacked on to give the character of Sawyer a little depth, which could have been better integrated into the story. However, the acting is spot on, with Tom Baker leading a very confident crowd, with John Leeson relishing the chance to final get something more to do. Mary Tamm, Alice Krige, John Albasiny, Charlie Norfolk and Gwilym Lee also form a very strong ensemble, and no one performer dominates over the others, making this a very strong cast. Ken Bentley's direction should also be praised, because it's so very strong and helps at creating that ensemble feel. And finally, Jamie Robertson's music and sound design ties it all off in a little bow that's perfectly enjoyable, and it just binds the story together. I can't see Phantoms Of The Deep being anyone's favourite Big Finish audio, but it's one that is perfectly enjoyable, and with a strong script, acting and direction, it's a very solid release in what is a very variable season.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/9/15 6:52 pm
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Phantoms of the Deep is the second Jonathan Morris script of Season 2 of the Fourth Doctor Adventures and it isn't nearly as impressive as the first script. The script is quite dark with phantoms at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. I feel that the story is an all right one but could have had a lot more done with the story. Much of the first part is forgettable except for the bits with evil K9 who is always enjoyable. Yeah I don't have that much to say about this one except that the cover art is atrocious and it's a nice way to kill an hour if you have the time.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/24/15 12:17 pm
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'Phantoms of the Deep', as the title suggests, is an underwater ghost story with haunting music, and an impending sense of doom. Written by Jonathan Morris, this is one of the best balanced and well written of the Forth Doctor Adventures that I have heard so far. It's never dull, with plenty of mystery it always feels like it's moving toward something. It has the usual high quality orchestral music, but, and this may just be me, Jamie Robertson's composition underlines and highlights the tension much more effectively than usual. I love the idea of a deep sea expedition seeing a Police Box on the edge of an undersea ledge. Then, pulling it on board and two people with a robot dog walk out. There are giant super intelligent squids, some body who has been living on a sunken Second World War submarine for 100 years and still thinks it's the 1940s.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 9/26/14 3:58 am
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An intriguing and spooky story set in an isolated setting becomes a victim of the limited running time as it goes on. Still, there's an interesting sci-fi premise beneath the mystery and a great cast of performances. On the negative side, the need for a lot of descriptive dialogue about what the characters are seeing proves distracting.
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