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Doctor Who: The Web of Fear (2014)

Patrick Troughton , Frazer Hines , Douglas Camfield  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling, Nicholas Courtney
  • Directors: Douglas Camfield
  • Writers: Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln
  • Producers: Peter Bryant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,379 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Doctor Who: The Web of Fear (DVD)

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sci-Fi Thriller! January 18, 2014
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The TARDIS is moving through space, minding its own business, when it's nearly trapped by a giant web. It escapes (or does it?!) and the monitor shows that it has materialized in the dark somewhere. The Doctor and Jamie are ready to go out and explore. Victoria isn't so sure, "Is it safe?"
The Doctor is quite chirpy in his reply: "I shouldn't think so for a moment."

They figure out that they're in the London Underground! Unfortunately, the tunnels are infested with the web fungus and robot Yeti.

What! The Doctor thought he'd deactivated all the Yeti at the end of "The Abominable Snowmen", 40 Earth years before. It turns out that Professor Travers has inadvertently reactivated one of the robots, allowing the Great Intelligence to attempt another invasion. It doesn't look good for planet Earth. Travers confidently tells Harold Chorley, a tabloid reporter: "More than likely, we'll not be able to defeat this menace. And London, the whole of England, might be completely wiped out. <aside> Have you got that?"

This national catastrophe requires the army, and the Doctor meets Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (before he becomes a Brigadier in UNIT), who asks,
"Tell me, Doctor. This Intelligence. Exactly what is it?"
Doctor: "Well, I wish I could give you a precise answer. Perhaps the best way to describe it is a formless shapeless thing, floating about in space like a cloud of mystery, with a mind and will."

How do you fight something you can't see?

"The Web of Fear" was originally broadcast in February/March 1968. The series has 6 episodes of 17 minutes each. The Doctor first met it's villain, the Great Intelligence, in "The Abominable Snowmen" series (9/1967).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Watcher's Point of View April 27, 2014
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Well, let's start with the good news first. A lost episode from the very poorly represented Troughton years is uncovered.
I remember watching episode 1 on the "Lost In Time" box set and being both intrigued and upset I was left hanging at
the end of the episode. It's a very strong story involving the Yeti/the Great Intellegence, all taking place in the abandoned London Underground, which is enough creepy in itself. Of the 6 episodes that make up this story, all but episode 3 has
been found & restored. The picture & sound quality are in line with past remasters. IMHO the London Underground sets
are only amplified by the black & white footage-not sure it would be as intiguing in color. There's a great use of shadows
and making the dark work for you.

On this particular disc, the BBC has opted not to use the past services of the animation team that has filled in the gaps
of past missing episodes. Honestly, I have to say I prefer this way. Since 5 of the 6 episodes exist, they were able to cull
enough stills to make it work.

The bad news is that we (I) have been accustomed to lots of DVD extras (actor interviews & the making of..., etc.) There
is nothing here. You get the story only-not that that's a bad thing. I just thought they could have waited a bit longer to
interview former Doctor companions Frazier & Deborah (Jamie & Victoria) and put together a "making of" segment.

Outside of that, I am very happy with the purchase and look forward to more missing episode discoveries poping up from
the basements & storage rooms of remote libraries & churches around the globe. Never give up the quest!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Campy Classic with Unique Undertones April 22, 2014
Once you’ve dived into the universe of Doctor Who far enough, there are few things that can surprise you. Many of the villains we know from the recent 2005 reboot had been introduced decade before, when the original series aired. Locations, themes, even solutions to deadly puzzles all ring familiar as you dip your toes into the classic episodes. Yet, that doesn’t hold true one hundred percent of the time, and watching the remastered 'Doctor Who: Web of Fear', only recently brought back to life through the discovery of some missing footage, is certainly an exception.

The Tardis frozen in space covered by space cobwebs. Yep, check and mate. Never seen that before.

'Web of Fear' originated in the years of the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton. Originally broadcast in early 1968, the story surrounds The Doctor and his traveling companions as they are lured down to Earth, and into the subway tunnels of London. When they arrive, the entire city of London has been evacuated due to a scourge of robot Yeti creatures, an unknown fog, and a living fungus currently filling up the underground tunnels. The Doctor finds assistance from a band of soldiers, a long lost friend and the initial appearance of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (the head of UNIT), in his battle against the Yeti and their master, The Great Intelligence.

For the newbies out there yet to delve into these older episodes, The Great Intelligence was played much later in the Matt Smith years by Richard E. Grant (introduced in the episode with the deadly ghost coming out of the frozen pond). Here, the classic villain is mainly out of sight until the later chapters where he appears only in the bodies of borrowed people or soldiers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ow no the yeti
this was the doctors second encounter with the intelligence and the it's robot yeti. I just hide it interesting that the doctor refers to it as the great intelligence, for those... Read more
Published 5 days ago by daryl drumheller
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome recovered Doctor Who episode.
Awesome recovered Doctor Who episode. If you are a fan purchase all recovered DW episodes they are great.
Published 16 days ago by William B. Zelenka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good quality and so nice to see a lost episode
Published 29 days ago by Richanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic show and would by from there again
Published 1 month ago by Steven J Nickles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Doctor Who is always most excellent.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Patrick Troughton Entry.
Great Dr. Who entry, with Patrick Troughton. Though there are some things to consider, it's black and white, and low budget. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ralph J. Fitcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by J. Fuqua
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Was delivered on time. Excellent story
Published 1 month ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars nice pace, but the highlights were the yeti and ...
one of the lost stories that was recovered recently. nice pace, but the highlights were the yeti and the great intelligence, two great villians. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Only a few still moments, unfortunately the moment the Colonel Left Bridge Stewart is first presented, but for the most part it is a world away from the still imaged version I am... Read more
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The Web of Fear
Yes, for the first one. It has five out of six parts of the missing story, as well as a telesnap reconstruction of the third.
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