a real world point of view
|Full Fathom Five|
|Main character(s):||The Doctor|
|Main setting:||The Deep-sea Energy Exploration Project (D.E.E.P.), Earth, 2039 and 2066|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Producer:||Andy Hardwick and Gareth Jenkins|
|Release date:||July 2003|
|Format:||1 CD, 65 minutes|
|Doctor Who Unbound|
|Sympathy for the Devil||He Jests at Scars...|
Publisher's summary Edit
"If I told you the truth, I'd have to kill you..."
The Deep-sea Energy Exploration Project was apparently destroyed by dirty bombs in 2039 AD, turning the surrounding sea bed into a radioactive tomb. Rumours suggest the DEEP was conducting illegal, unethical experiments...
In 2066, the Doctor discovers the research centre remains intact. The terrible truth about what happened twenty-seven years ago will soon be revealed. The Doctor is determined to be the first to uncover and confront the secrets of the DEEP.
But unearthing the past can have terrible consequences for your future...
- The Doctor - David Collings
- General Flint - Ed Bishop
- Ruth - Siri O'Neal
- Hoskins - Jeremy James
- Professor Vollmer - Matthew Benson
- Lee - Jack Galagher
- The New Doctor - Ian Brooker
- The Doctor uses the alias "Dr. John Smith."
- The Doctor has told Ruth about regeneration but has never specified how many times that he has done so.
- When the Doctor fled the D.E.E.P. in 2039, he was forced to leave his TARDIS behind. Consequently, he has been trapped on Earth for the previous 27 years.
- The Doctor manages to gain access to the D.E.E.P. using his UNIT credentials.
- David Collings (The Doctor) previously played Vorus in TV: Revenge of the Cybermen and Ander Poul in TV: The Robots of Death. He would later reprise his role as Poul in AUDIO: Hidden Persuaders, AUDIO: Taren Capel and AUDIO: Checkmate and would later play Professor Gabriel Sanders in the second series of Jago and Litefoot.
- Siri O'Neal (Ruth) would later play Colonel Emily Chaudhry in the UNIT audio series.
- Over the course of the story, the 'What If' scenario is revealed to be "What if the Doctor believed the ends justified the means?", with Collings's Doctor being portrayed as a Doctor who kills as the first option for the "greater good" where the Doctor in canon would be more willing to rely on peoples' better natures and allow them to live after making dangerous mistakes rather than killing them in case they repeated their errors.
- After NOTDWU: Sympathy for the Devil, this is the second Big Finish audio drama to feature a Time Lord regenerating. To date, it is the only one in which the Doctor does so.
- The regenerated Doctor at the end of the story was credited to Ian Brooker on the Big Finish website, but was not listed in the story's printed liner notes.
- This audio drama was recorded on 19 May 2003.
- Official Full Fathom Five page at bigfinish.com
- Detailed synopsis of Full Fathom Five at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for Full Fathom Five at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide