- Actors: Patrick Troughton
- Directors: Douglas Camfield
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
- Release Date: April 22 2014
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00CDEJRDC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,147 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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May 16, 2014
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I absolutely loved this story, and it warms my heart to see that they finally were able to release (most of) it on this DVD. What disappointed me was the BBC not releasing an animated version (as well as the Telesnap version) of episode 3 like they have with previous sets. It seems really unfortunate that they would decide not to go all out for this gem of a serial, while some other lesser quality serials get the gold star treatment. Oh well, maybe if they find episode 3 they will re-release this story in it's complete form, until then this story will sit proudly on my shelf along with other great classic Who sets such as The Tenth Planet, The War Games, and The Talons of Weng-Chiang. I recommend this (along with Enemy of the World) to anyone interested in classic Who or is a Patrick Troughton (the Second Doctor) fan.
July 14, 2014
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Doctor Who aficionados may find ‘The Web of Fear’ difficult to assess since the dramatic tension of the story depends in large part on an element of surprise while fans know the tale by heart from the surviving audio, telesnaps, novelization and reconstructions that have been around for many years before they even pop in the DVD of this newly-recovered story. But for its original 1968 audience ‘The Web of Fear’ presented a riveting tale of spooky sci-fi horror and suspense that successfully fuses elements of Quatermass, possession and Agatha Christie-like whodunit – or more accurately: who is it that is sabotaging efforts to defeat the Yeti and stop the spread of a deadly alien fungus-like excrescence throughout the tunnels of the London Underground system?! Aimed at a family audience, ‘The Web of Fear’ nevertheless exemplifies, more than any other story from series five, a scarier down-to-earth adult style that the production team was trying to achieve in an attempt to inject some freshness into the show and increase sagging viewing figures. Very tame by today’s standards of horror, its original audience would have been chilled by the gruesome deaths of many well-developed, likeable characters who would meet their end through vicious hammer-like karate chops at the hands of the glowing-eyed Yeti robots or through smothering by sheets of ectoplasmic web fired from Yeti web-guns. Less worthy and even contemptible characters like Mr.Chorley from the tabloid press and the self-centred coward, Private Evans survive with their skins intact, adding an additional layer of adult realism that would have usually been absent from 1960s family-time shows; in this story the baddies do not come to a nasty end, many of the worthy characters are killed and the main villain of the piece, The Great Intelligence, survives to fight another day. Spread over six episodes, the story never drags – this is a six-part Doctor Who story that actually works well as a six-parter. The original audience did not know when the characters would encounter Yeti while they crept along the shadowy tunnels, so for these viewers every tunnel scene would have been filled with tension. The who-is-the-traitor element is nicely handled and viewers are kept guessing right up until the last few minutes in episode six. It is fascinating to re-watch the story to see how this was achieved while also giving closely-attentive viewers subtle clues as to who the traitor might be from the very first episode. In connection with this Jack Woolgar deserves special mention for his outstanding performance as the possessed traitor-character, Staff Sergeant Arnold. Patrick Troughton is on his finest form and all of the second Doctor’s many facets are present in this story. He is funny, serious, mysterious, child-like, eccentric, wise, warm and caring, mischievous, curious, flirty and with the hint of a dark side. The portrayal of the relationship that develops between the Doctor and Anne Travers in particular is wonderful, culminating in a brief but exceptional scene in the tunnels where Anne doubts him for a moment before he successfully stops a Yeti in its tracks and takes delight in her now-confirmed faith in him. ‘The Web of Fear’ is beautifully realized by designer David Myerscough-Jones who produced a breathtakingly-realistic London Underground set and by legendary Doctor Who producer Douglas Camfield who turns a low-budget production into an all-time Doctor Who classic. The production is very cinematic, giving ‘The Web of Fear’ a Quatermassy Hammer film noir feel. This is a Doctor Who story that looks even better on the big screen than on TV. The DVD contains no extras but with this story who needs them! So glad that this gem is back after forty-five years gathering dust in a relay station in Nigeria. Phil Morris found it as part of a mammoth project of searching for lost British television. Well-done that man. Buy the DVD and watch it with the lights out.
May 17, 2014
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Amazing story! What a miraculous find! The episodes are well cleaned up and the missing episode's recreation is totally acceptable. It's a shame there are no special features, commentary, or info text...
March 16, 2018
This is one of the best serials from the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who era (specifically 1968). For a story of this caliber, however, it would have been nice if the BBC had provided animation for the missing third episode rather than still photography with audio track. Nevertheless, it is well worth having. For one thing, it features the return of the Yetis. It also introduces Lethbridge Stewart, who at this time is a Colonel, not a Brigadier as of yet. The setting for the story is the London Underground, where there are beasties roaming in the darkness. This makes for a very atmospheric and creepy environment. The serial is directed by the venerable Douglas Camfield, who directed a number of Who classics during the Patrick Troughton-Jon Pertwee-Tom Baker eras, including 'The Seeds of Doom', 'The Invasion' and 'Inferno', and 'Terror of the Zygons.' Troughton and company (Frazier Hines as 'Jamie' and Deborah Watling as 'Victoria') are in fine form once again. A bit of trivia... Deborah Watling got to appear with her father Jack Watling in this serial, who played Professor Travers. Also, John Levene, who would later go on to play UNIT's Sgt. Benton, played one of the Yetis.
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