Recap: Doctor Who S4 E5 "The Underwater Menace"
Nossing in ze vorld can ztop me now!
— What many fans think Zaroff said.
Nothing in the world can stop me now!The Doctor, with Polly, Ben and Jamie in tow, lands the TARDIS on a volcanic island where they are captured and taken into a cave complex. It soon becomes clear that this tiny island is all that remains of the ancient Atlantean civilisation.Mad scientist Professor Zaroff (played with a Large Ham by Joseph Furst) has convinced the Atlanteans that he can raise the city from the sea, but in reality he plans to drain the ocean into the Earth's core and thereby destroy the planet. Just because, OK?Polly is taken off to be converted into an aquatic Fish Person, while the others meet two shipwrecked sailors who help them convince the Fish People to rebel. Eventually, the Doctor manages to foil Zaroff's plan by flooding the city before he can complete the drilling. Zaroff drowns, but everyone else makes it out and the Doctor and companions depart.For a long time it was thought that only episode 3 remained, until episode 2 turned up in 2011.
— What Zaroff really said.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Zaroff is only very briefly angry when he learns that the Doctor tricked him into saving his life with a blatant lie.
- All There in the Manual: In an early draft of the story, and in the novelization, Zaroff's motivation to blow up the Earth stemmed from his wife and children dying in a car crash and driving him mad.
- Atlantis: Or at least the last remnants of that civilization, living underground.
- Author Filibuster: Against organized religion in part 4.
- Broken Aesop: As noted, the Author Filibuster has the Atlanteans blame their religion for all their problems. Even though the actual culprit Zaroff didn't seem to have much of anything to do with their religion. Or that one of the few Atlanteans to see through Zaroff's deceptions and distrust him (even before the Doctor's help) was one of the priests of their religion. And the character making the Filibuster had been an antagonist who hadn't done anything good, sympathetic, or redemptive up to this point. The Filibuster was apparently supposed to be that character's redemption.
- Also, the prophecy did come true in a way.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: What Zaroff hopes to create.
- Evil Is Hammy: Zaroff could have a Ham-to-Ham Combat with the Daleks and have a good chance of winning.
- Fish People: Created by surgery rather than a natural species. Polly almost becomes one in some of the few clips to survive from episode 1 and in the newly-recovered episode 2.
- For SCIENCE!: The closest Zaroff comes to an explanation of his motives is pretty much this.
- Human Sacrifice: The Atlanteans try to sacrifice the Doctor and company to the goddess Ando... using sharks.
- I Can't Believe I'm Saying This:Jamie McCrimmon: You know I never thought I'd say this, but well it's great.
- La Résistance
- Mad Scientist: Zaroff is a classic example.
- At the end of the Episode 2 clip on the BBC site, he sounds like a proto-Davros, on how succeeding with his omnicidal mania would be the ultimate power.
- Myth Punk
- Ominous Latin Chanting: multiple times in the temple of Amdo.
- Religion Is Wrong: The conclusion the surviving Atlanteans reach through dubious means at the end.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Zaroff.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: It's Joseph Furst's real one, that's what.