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Doctor Who: Horror of Fang Rock (Episode 92) (DVD)
"Something is going on here. Something I don't understand." So states the old lighthouse keeper on the remote, fog-shrouded island of Fang Rock in this haunting story from Doctor Who's 15th season. If you are a new visitor to the universe of this venerable British sci-fi series, no doubt you will share his sentiment.
But for this particular story, you need not know that Doctor Who is a Time Lord who travels the cosmos in a spacecraft called the TARDIS, an interplanetary time machine that looks like a police call box, or that Tom Baker, who portrays him here, is the fourth and perhaps most popular incarnation of the good Doctor.
Horror of Fang Rock is as much ghost story as science fiction. The TARDIS has deposited the vacation-bound Doctor and his companion, Leela, on Fang Rock ("You told me I would like Brighton," an unimpressed Leela remarks about the desolate surroundings), just after a strange light was witnessed plummeting from the sky into the sea. A mysterious fog envelopes the lighthouse, and one of its inhabitants is mysteriously killed. When a ship runs aground, its passengers take refuge in the lighthouse and find themselves stalked as well. Is it the mythical Beast of Fang Rock or, as the Doctor suspects, an alien menace?
The cheesy mid-1970s-vintage special effects are part of this show's charm. Like Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, what Doctor Who lacks in production values, it more than makes up for in verbal ingenuity. "Are you in charge?" someone asks the Doctor. "No," he responds, "but I'm full of ideas." --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I haven't seen these episodes for years. Thanks for making them available again. Oh & thanks for not enhancing that which doesn't need it. ChuckPublished on Nov. 12 2009 by Edward Charles Thompson
Tom Baker was blessed with some of the best Dr. Who scripts and this one, for me, remains one of the best and one of the most intriguing. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Simon Wood
The Doctor and Leela arrive at a lighthouse which, unknown to the keepers, has already received a visitor. Read morePublished on June 29 2003 by Illumination
While this episode doesn't have nearly the number of "Doctorish" moments as others (with the exception of one of my favorite Doctor lines, delivered to Leela after she saves his... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2002 by kentuckyreader