The planet Funderell is an unusual place. With oceans you can walk on and a single village for the entire planet, it’s not your run of the mill alien world. The locals, Wavewalkers who hunt on the semi solid oceans, seem simple but have unexpected depths – but that’s not the only surprise in store for the Doctor and Romana. After the TARDIS is lost beneath the waves, help appears from that most unexpected of sources, a fellow Time Lord: and not just any fellow Time Lord, but an old friend of Romana’s. But why is she here and what is she looking for? On this planet of secrets beware exploring too deeply: you may just drown!
It’s an interesting tale, this one. It starts feeling like a fishing tale from a few hundred years go and then swerves into a deep mystery with a lot of players; each with their own agenda. Every twist and change of gear managed to very effectively ratchet up my interest. While at first thinking this felt a lot like a historical, the story threw in a lot of interesting sci fi ideas; a lot of mysteries and some twists and made me double take. It all leads up to a nice cliff hanger that makes you long for the next part.
Tom Baker and Lalla Ward are on fine form and it’s a solid cast. Joannah Tincey is especially good as Romana’s long time friend from the academy and their verbal sparring (with each being cordial but keeping a lot back) is a joy to listen to and it’s nice to see it’s so central to the story.
While all two-parters need the second part to fully judge I’m looking forward to seeing how this one plays out.
Written By: Marc Platt
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Joannah Tincey (Sartia), Alan Cox(Eamonn Orensky), Kieran Hodgson (Klick Chervain), Des McAleer (Blujaw Skaldson), Alex Wyndham (Linnis Skaldson), Jamie Newall (Greygul), Jane Slavin(Frithra), John Banks (The Sleek)
Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs