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Doctor Who - The Missing Stories: The Web of Fear. Starring Patrick Troughton & Fraser Hines (BBC Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Mar 2000

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Abridged edition (6 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563553820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563553823
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victim of the BBC's insane policy of deleting classic shows while ensuring that all of Blue Peter survives for future posterity, Dr.Who's loss of so many early episodes has long left Whovians in despair. However, appeasement/cash-in appears in this three-CD audio version of the acclaimed 1968 Patrick Troughton era tale, The Web of Fear, featuring the first appearance of Colonel Lethbridge Stewart, later to become the Brigadier. A sequel to The Abominable Snowman, it features the return of the Yeti, now stalking the confined darkness of the London Underground (an excellent setting). Aided by youthful companions Jamie (Frazier Hines), Victoria (Deborah Watling) and the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT), the Doctor (Troughton, marvellously eccentric) must prevent an invasion by the fearsome Yeti. It is both refreshing and intriguing to revisit this milestone of classic Science Fiction, replete with the show's trademark touches and nail-biting cliff-hangers ("As they retreat, a massive web of glowing fungus spills into the room!!"). Given the slim resources the show had, it's a triumph of the show's style that Dr. Who managed to convey such a striking atmosphere of impending doom and excitement. Despite the sometimes intrusive narration by Frazier Hines, this has been lovingly recreated and will appeal to fans of this much-missed show. --Danny Graydon

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The BBC, in the days before home video, decided that some of its programs were no longer required in its archives. In a somewhat unsystematic purging, many classics were consigned to the flames, including several Doctor Who stories. Fortunately, some fans of the series had made their own audio recordings, and these (following a thorough re-mastering by the BBC) are being released.
"The Web of Fear" is one of these releases. This story is very important in Doctor Who's long history - it points the way forward to a major change in format. At the beginning of the series, the Doctor's companions included two teachers Intelligence (Ian and Barbara). No story took place on contemporary Earth as one of the plot threads was the endeavours of these two teachers to return to their own time and place. Even after they returned home, this aversion to contemporary Earth continued. The first story fully set on contemporary Earth was "The War Machines", and "The Web of Fear" was the second.
Following on from the popularity of the Yeti in "The Abominable Snowmen" (another lost story, and sadly not also available as a CD soundtrack), the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria again encounter the Yeti - this time in the contemporary London Underground. This story introduces Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, who afterwards is promoted to Brigadier and placed in charge of the British section of the United Nations Taskforce. One of the most popular of Doctor Who's supporting cast.
The story is strong, with an underlying mystery - who is the agent of the Great Intelligence who is controlling things? There is a sizeable cast with lots of suspects. As the story progresses, the web closes in and the cast members are thinned out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 2000
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This has always been one of my favourate Doctor Who stories ever since I heard a copy of the original off-air recording. Since then I have gone through the novelisation and the telesnap reconstruction with a fine tooth comb, and now that the BBC have released this story on audio it seems almost complete. It is only with hindsight that we can actually see how important this story was. It included the first appearance of Lethbridge-Stewart, a character which was to appear with the five predecessors to Troughton as the Doctor, and it also laid the foundations for the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (or UNIT) which was to make it's first appearance later in the Troughton era in 'The Invasion'. The Web of Fear was also the last proper (and the best) appearance of the Yeti. This is in many ways a shame. They were at the time amongst the most popular enemies of the Doctor (barring of course the Daleks and the Cybermen), and had it not been for a fall out between Haisman and Lincoln [the creators of the Yeti, and writers of this story], they would probably have played a prominent role in future Doctor Who stories. However, it was not to be, and their final outing is certainly a worthy one. The BBC release of this story is done to perfection with the audio crystal-clear, and Frazer Hines linking narration completely unobtrusive and extremely appropriate. I just hope that the BBC continue to delve into Doctor Who's lost past through the use of audio... There may not be any pictures, but it's far better than nothing!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin Richards on 1 Mar. 2001
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Truly the most scary Dr Who from my childhood memory I was in no way disappointed by the audio. The atmosphere of the programme together with the challenges and twists of an action mystery make this alongside the Tomb of the Cybermen as the best Who ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By big mad doctor who guy on 13 Nov. 2007
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Doctor Who is best remembered for the monsters. Doctor Who is one of the best series ever produced. Doctor Who never seems to run out of fresh ideas even when it comes to sequels. The Yeti appeared first in The Abominable Snowmen, which was a great introduction to these classic monsters. But the Web of Fear is even better.

Some would say this is the classic story formula, a few people in a claustrophobic setting with plenty of scary moments and monsters just around the corner. But never did the series do it any finer than on this great story. Set in the london underground, amidst dark tunnels. The yeti in this story dont look cute as they did last time either, they look huge and formidable.

Some of the yeti scenes are the best in the whole history of the show, and its a shame only the soundtrack now exists as a whole. The few surviving clips are terrifying. This is a very scary story, especially in the opening episode as the first yeti comes to life....and the ending is fresh and slightly different for a change. Altogether this is a very good story with plenty going for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Real M.B.E. Of Tooting on 27 Jan. 2012
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The highly regarded "Web of Fear" confuses me, I can appreciate that it is a classic Patrick Troughton story, but I don't think its his greatest, that surely goes to "Power", "Evil" or even "Tomb", anyway you look at it, the Web of Fear is a solid serial from the imfamous monster season of Doctor Who. Now then, I have never been the Abominable Snowmen's biggest fan, in fact I have never been a big fan of the Yeti, I was hoping that the Ice Warriors would be the 60's monster that is set to appear in series 7 of new Who in 2012, but hey, as long as they are bringing back the classics, I don't mind. I'm sure the Ice Warriors will follow on soon afterward, in season 15 or something.

Having been privilaged to sit down and enjoy all 6 episodes of the Web of Fear via Loose Cannons brand new reconstruction I can tell you that it is a much better improvement on the slow and drab Abominable Snowmen. The one great improvement is of course setting the serial in the London Underground, what a great idea that was!!! Next off we have Nicholas Courtney's first apperance as Colonel Lethbridge Stewart, soon to be a national institution on the programme and in recent years {20 or more} has become as popular with the fans and the viewers as Tom Baker.

The tight, dark and echoing atmosphere of this classic tale is what makes it, well, a classic. The Underground sets were so life like that the BBC were accused of illegally filming on London Underground property, Ha! When I first sat down and watched the first and only surviving episode on the Lost in Time DVD box set, I got chills from the vibes I was picking up from it, the incidental music is outstanding and really adds to the Hammer Horror feel of the production, you will get what I mean when you sit down and absorb this episode.
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