GG. Doctor Who - The Underwater Menace

Season Four (continued)

  • Story Editor: Gerry Davis
  • Writer: Geoffrey Orme
  • Produced by: Innes Lloyd
  • Director: Julia Smith
  • Designer: Jack Robinson
  • Incidental Music: Dudley Simpson
  • Fight Arranger: Derek Ware (uncredited)

GG. Doctor Who - The Underwater Menace

The TARDIS materialises on what appears to be an extinct volcano. The Doctor and his crew are captured by a group of Atlanteans and taken below ground to the mythical city of Atlantis.

The Doctor, Polly, Ben and Jamie are almost sacrificed to the Goddess Ambo by being suspended over a pool of sharks. They are rescued by a deranged scientist Professor Zaroff. Zaroff has promised the Atlanteans that he can raise their world.

Zaroff's real intents are in fact to drain the ocean into the molten core of Earth, and the resulting steam would effectively split the planet in half.

The Doctor and his companions meet up with two shipwreck survivors, Sean and Jacko. Together they form a rebellion with the Fish People, and Zaroff is overthrown only by flooding the city. Only Zaroff fails to escape.

Regular Cast

  • Ben Jackson: Michael Craze
  • Polly Wright: Anneke Wills
  • Jamie McCrimmon: Frazer Hines


  • Professor Zaroff: Joseph Furst
  • Damon: Colin Jeavons
  • Ara: Catherine Howard
  • Ramo: Tony Watson (1-3)
  • Lolem: Peter Stephens (1-5)
  • Jacko: Paul Aril (2-4)
  • Sean: PG Stephens (2-4)
  • Zaroff's Guard: Tony Handy (2-4)
  • Thous: Noel Johnson (2-4)
  • Overseer: Graham Ashley (2,4)
  • Damon's Assistant: Gerald Taylor (2)
  • Nola: Roma Woodnutt (3)
  • Zaroff's Guards: Alex Donald, Tony Douglas
  • People in Market: John Adams, Reg Cranfield, Peter Stockbridge, Mary Wheeler, Marguerite Young
  • Priests: Bill Burridge, Jimmy Mack
  • Overseer at Generating Station: Ralph Watson
  • Fish People: Cathy Ash, Derek Calder, Nigel Clayton, Alex Donald, Perin Lewis, Mary McMillan, Judy Nicholls. Tony Starr
  • Laboratory Assistants: Robin Scott, Alan Vicars
  • Medical Orderlies: Leonard Kingston, Denis Redwood, David Waterman
  • Atlantean Guards: Keith Ashley, Michael Earl, Ronald Gough, Dean Hardy, Derek Hunt, Sonny Willis
  • Atlantean Priests: John Adams, Laurence Archer, Reg Cranfield, Fred David, Alex Donald, Tony Douglas, Royston Farrell, Stanley Jacomb, Leonard Kingston, Gordon Lang, Bob Raymond, Denis Redwood, Darroll Richards, Peter Stockbridge, Hein Viljoen, David Waterman
  • Child Priests: Samuel Burleigh, Anthony Kemp, Edmund O'Dwyer, Gary O'Brien, Shane Younger
  • Miners: Keith Ashley, Royston Farrell, Dean Hardy, Philip Joste, Gordon Lang, Denis Redwood, Robin Scott, Alan Vicars, Hein Viljoen, David Waterman

Showings on the BBC

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 145 Episode 1 Saturday, January 14, 1967 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 8.3M 48%
BBC 1 146 Episode 2 Saturday, January 21, 1967 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 7.5M 46%
BBC 1 147 Episode 3 Saturday, January 28, 1967 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 7.1M 45%
BBC 1 148 Episode 4 Saturday, February 4, 1967 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM 7.0M 47%


Outside Locations

  • Windspit Caves, Portland Bill, Dorset


  • Ealing Television Film Studios
  • Riverside Studio 1



No blooper details are available


No notes are available

Working titles

  • Doctor Who Under the Sea
  • Atlanta
  • Doctor Who and the Fish People