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Doctor Who - Horror of Fang Rock [1977] [DVD] [1993]

Tom Baker , Louise Jameson    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, John Abbott, Colin Douglas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FNXNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,360 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Another adventure for the intrepid space/time traveller. It is the turn of the century, and the Tardis materialises by a lighthouse on the desolate isle of Fang Rock. When the engineer dies in mysterious circumstances, the remaining crew blame the mythical Beast of Fang Rock - until the Doctor and Leela turn up...

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It is the turn of the century, and the tardis materialises by a lighthouse on the desolate isle of Fang Rock. When the engineer dies in mysterious circumstances, the remaining crew blame the mythical Beast of Fang Rock - until the Doctor and Leela turn up... When a small clippper runs aground on the crags of Fang Rock the lighthouse offers shelter to its desperate passengers. But the Doctor soon discovers clues that suggest that no one is safe on the tiny island. Whilst a private drama unfolds between the survivors of the wrecked clipper, another death occurs. The Doctor suspects a ruthless alien lurks in the thick unnatural fog around the island and secures the lighthouse. But has he really locked the horror out, or is it somewhere inside with them...? Originally transmitted 3rd-24th September 1977, this gripping story kicked off Tom Baker's fourth season as the Doctor. Produced by Graham Williams, Directed by Paddy Russell. DVD Extras: Commentary with Louise Jameson and John Abbot, and Terrance Dicks. Terrance Dicks: Fact & Fiction (dur. 36' 04) - an overview of Terrance Dicks' career as writer, script editor and novelist. Featuring contributions from Terrance Dicks, Barry Letts, Christopher Barry, Louis Marks, Eric Saward, Paul Cornell, Peter Darvill-Evans and Brenda Gardner. Paddy Russell - A Life in Television (dur. 14 mins approx) - An interview with director Paddy Russell, looking back over her four Doctor Who stories. The Antique Doctor Who Show (dur. 4' 47) - a short 'Antiques Roadshow' style feature. Originally broadcast as part of the programme's thirtieth anniversary celebrations in 1993. Easter Egg Photo Gallery Production Notes


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Who on the Rock 22 Jan 2014
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Teatime television had two fixed points on winter weekends in the 1970s. Sunday brought the `Classic Serial', highly-regarded adaptations of Dickens, Austen, the Brontes etc. in half-hour episodes. Saturday gave us a modern classic serial - the first Saturday of September meant a new season of `Doctor Who'!

In September 1977 these two weekend fixtures seemed to merge in the Space-Time Continuum, producing the outstanding `Horror of Fang Rock'.

Terrance Dicks' script is superb, full of tension, incident, excellent dialogue and even some humorous moments, each character's motivation and personality clearly drawn and believable. The first-rate cast bring this script to life as sincerely if they were playing one of the Sunday classics, from the opening friendly argument between the lighthouse keepers about the rival merits of oil and electricity, to the arguing shipwrecked aristocrats (who are not feeling friendly to each other at all). The convincingly cramped lighthouse sets and swirling studio fog add greatly to the claustrophobic mood as danger closes in.

Tom Baker is in fine form, as the Doctor slowly pieces together the puzzle and even makes a rare mistake along the way - the Doctor's realisation of this is a dramatic moment. Of course he recovers from this to finish off his adversaries in a typically inventive manner before delivering the memorable final lines of the story, a quotation that stayed with me for more than 35 years.

Louise Jameson is excellent as Leela. The script gives her plenty of great material and she plays it perfectly as usual, laying down the law to timid earthlings, pushing heedlessly through Edwardian social conventions, even teasing the Doctor at one point and clearly enjoying it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some say after this it was all down hill. 23 April 2014
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What ever one feels about Doctor Who that it was best when and or it was not as good as mob, Horror of Fang Rock is one of those no-one is going to come out of this for the better.

Claustrophobic, small sets and the BBC were still a decade away from the floodlighting its drama productions. True there are those who say that they may have trying to recreate the success of Pyramids of Mars with the turn of the twenty century setting. The threat is not to all of time and space, it is local confined. All the characters are neatly fleshed out, no matter how long their screen time.

The only disappointment and I write this as it was here and and the time I watched Horror of Fang Rock originally air, is the reveal of what is behind the curtain. Even by the then terrific production standards they programme makers managed to coble together on a shoe string. To me at the tender age hell I am approaching 51 you do the maths, I was very disappointed with the monster.

Having said that it is still great Who, with a battle to save lives all set in a tiny corner of the universe. No grand plans or schemes, just survive.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Story: 5/5 - Extras: 4/5

Five stars may be a little over-generous for this early offering by incoming producer Graham Williams, as penned by Who veteran Terrance Dicks, but "Horror of Fang Rock" remains a very atmospheric instalment of "Doctor Who", even though it was produced entirely in the studio.

The gloomy lighthouse is an innately claustrophobic setting, especially since the new electric generator is being tampered with, causing the lights to go out without warning on a semi-regular basis. Something alien is haunting the lighthouse, raising paranoia among its depleted crew, including the young and nave junior keeper Vince (John Abbott) and the old-fashioned senior keeper Reuben (Colin Douglas). The Doctor and Leela, of course, arrive at exactly the wrong moment, but for once they don't spend most of the story under suspicion of murder.

A shipwreck on the rocks whilst the light is out brings a small collection of additional survivors into the confines of the lighthouse, all of whom are distinct characters, and they help to sustain the story (and the body count) over its full four episodes. The anxiety of the new arrivals is set against the backdrop of the intermittent lights and the sinister sound of the fog horn, and combined with the good set design it all works rather well. The lamp gallery is a particular technical accomplishment given the studio-bound nature of the story.

The special effects are poor, of course, and the enemy (when it finally reveals itself in its true form) is a massive disappointment, but on atmosphere and performances alone, "Horror of Fang Rock" deserves a high score. On the DVD, we have a commentary with writer Terrance Dicks, and actors John Abbott and Louise Jameson (Leela). The bonus documentaries are devoted to writer Dicks and director Paddy Russell and their respective careers, with particular focus on "Doctor Who". A decent package.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Positive.
Tom Baker manic Fourth Doctor the eccentric benevolent alien.
A great story confined to a lighthouse adds to the tension of the adventure by writer Terrance Dicks.

Negative.
The effects at the end diminish the tension & drama out from the story.
This should've been more gorier it's obviously been advised to be toned down because of frosty knickers Mrs Mary Whitehouse usual complaining.

Trivia.
Tom Baker was very moody during production on this adventure as filming was located to Pebble Mill studio's in Birmingham as there was problems in BBC Television Centre London which meant he couldn't do his usual pub crawl around Soho.
Louise Jameson eye's became her natural Blue at the end of this adventure due to the brown contacts making her eyes itchy & sore.
The original story was similar to Dicks other Fourth Doctor story State Of Decay but due to the production on Dracula for the BBC that story was shelved until 1980.

Dvd, 100 minutes, Extras, Commentary, Documentary on Letts & Dicks era on Doctor Who, Paddy Russell interview, Photo Galleries & other extras.

Review.
This is the series opner to season 15 or as i call it the season of change as this series becomes slowly less Gothic in tone to a more humoured tone due over the cours of this season to the insistence of Doctor Who being to violent last season & frosty knickers Mary Whitehouse & her band of do gooders having there say influencing the BBC to tone the shows violence down.

The storys starts as the Tardis lands on a island called Fang Rock were a Lighthouse maintained by Reuben, Vince & Ben warn nearby ships of impending rocks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars in toatle 4 parts ...
In the eposode it is verry slow and inless your a fan off the new series youwont like this but if your a big fan infact massive fan of the clasics it all happends in the 4 so you... Read more
Published 1 day ago by luke winwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Tom Baker humour and some nice special effects
I don't remember seeing this Tom Baker adventure first time around. I definitely missed something because its a little gem. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Neilybags
5.0 out of 5 stars good
A very good doctor ,quite a eerie one this the monster crappy,but still worth watching
Published 1 month ago by the reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Classic Who at its very best
Doesn't really matter which "Who" is your favourite who, Horror of Fang Rock should be in every ones collection. Outstanding !!!
Published 1 month ago by MrBen
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Atmospheric and Spooky!
One of the best Who stories is this Victorian chapter that sees an Alien shape changer stalk a lighthouse on the coast of southern England. Read more
Published 2 months ago by x wing flyboy
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like
This story is ok but it is not that scary for me or spooky for me i think this dvd has been rushed.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Mj Adeley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Doctor Who
This is an endearing childhood memory, and if you are a 'classic' Doctor Who fan this is from possibly Tom Baker's best season.
Published 2 months ago by James Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping a watch for the green slime
admin good story with a fine cast making for enjoyable viewing
Published 2 months ago by Dennis Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
Yes one of my favourite's from the past. Great to have it on DVD . Wonderful atmosphere created by the set team
Published 5 months ago by Dawn Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who. Horror Fang Rock.
Got this as a gift, informed took the person back to the very first time that they had watched in the 1970's. Great value for money. Arrived well packaged. Thanks.
Published 5 months ago by Michele62
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