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Fury from the Deep was a novelisation based on the 1968 television serial Fury from the Deep.

Publisher's summary[]

In the dark uncharted depths of the North Sea it has lurked, growing in strength, growing in size, and striking terror into the hearts of mariners down the untold centuries.

Landing near a North Sea gas refinery off the east coast of England, the TARDIS crew are immediately accused of sabotage. Several rig crews have mysteriously vanished, strange pressure build-ups have been detected, and in the refinery's pipelines the Doctor can hear the steady, rhythmic beat of - what?

Soon the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria will find themselves at the unrelenting mercy of the deadliest and most terrifying foe they have ever encountered...

Chapter titles[]

  1. The Deadly Sound
  2. Something in the Pipeline
  3. A Pair of White Gloves
  4. Mr Oak and Mr Quill
  5. Waiting in the Dark
  6. The Specimen
  7. The Figure on the Beach
  8. The Impeller Shaft
  9. The Battle of the Giants
  10. The Spy Whithin
  11. The Nerve Centre
  12. 'Scream, Victoria! Scream!'

Deviations from televised story[]

  • Some scenes are omitted, such as Harris asking Robson for permission to check on Maggie and Robson's last visit to the compound, and some lines of dialogue are reassigned.
  • More is made of Jamie and Victoria's reaction to the Doctor being shot.
  • First names not present in the televised versions are included: Frank Harris, Mick Carney, Pieter van Lutyens, David Price and Ronald Perkins.
  • Robson's name badge gives his initial as S, even though in both the novelisation and televised version he is referred to as John.
  • The Weed Creature's gas gives Jamie sneezing fits.
  • Robson's wife, Angie, is said to have died in a car crash when he was driving twenty-two years previous.
  • Oak and Quill are present when the Doctor tells the refinery staff about the weed and the Chief Engineer is present when the Doctor and Jamie climb down the impeller shaft.
  • Van Lutyens is referred to as speaking English without an accent and is described as a little dumpy balding man: On television he has a strong accent and is of average height and not particularly bald.
  • Jamie has to break into the room where the unconscious Victoria is left after Oak and Quill capture her.
  • The Doctor's party see a controlled Maggie and Van Lutyens on the control rig, and the communication after the Weed's destruction shows several other freed people including Van Lutyens and Baxter.
  • The sonic screwdriver does not appear.
  • The Doctor explains that the Weed Creature transported Maggie to the control rig by encasing her in its foam.

Writing and publishing notes[]

  • It was felt that Victor Pemberton's adaptation of his televised story as a novelisation, even though it had a much higher word count, should not be cut down. It was released as a bumper volume with an increased cover price of £1.95 (UK).
  • Front Cover Flash: A classic adventure of the second Doctor Now a bumper volume!
  • Dedication: To Letty and Oliver with love.
  • Inside back cover features colour details of Fantastic Doctor Who Poster Offers!
  • The cover of the original Target Books edition featured the artwork of David McAllister.
  • This novelisation was later released as part of The Earth Adventures Collection.

Additional cover images[]

British publication history[]

First publication:

  • Hardback
W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback


This Target Book was released as an audiobook on 7 July 2011 (brought forward from the originally scheduled release date - 4 August 2011[1]) complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by David Troughton.

The cover blurb and thumbnail illustrations were retained in the accompanying booklet with sleevenotes by David J. Howe. Music and sound effects by Simon Power.


  1. 2011 AUDIOGO reviews and news. Eye of Horus. Retrieved on 19 March 2021.

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