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  • Actors: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling, Nicholas Courtney
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FRL73G6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,589 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Unseen in the UK for 45 years – marvellously restored and remastered and brought back to life for you to own on DVD. The TARDIS narrowly avoids becoming engulfed in a cobwebby substance in space. It arrives in the London Underground railway system, the tunnels of which are being overrun by the web and by the Great Intelligence's robot Yeti. The Intelligence's goal is to drain the Doctor's mind; can the Doctor sabotage the device before the Intelligence’s plan comes to fruition?

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bob Marlowe on 3 Mar. 2014
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Web of Fear was one of my favourite target novelisations back in the day, I was disappointed to learn (in 1982) only 1 episode was intact and never expected to write this review.
The yeti (1st seen in Abominable Snowmen) return after one of their control spheres is reactivated led by the Great Intelligence (recently seen battling Matt Smith) and spread a deadly weblike substance through the London Underground.

This a good sequel to Snowmen, more of the same but different. A very innovative idea to place the yeti in an incongruous setting such as the Underground. As you will know even if you're only ever seen Ep1 (as on Lost in Time), a small section of the underground was recreated brilliantly in studio and show from myriad different directions & angles so it passes for lots of bits of the underground. the script is a good script confident in the brilliance of its monster and enemy and just out to make a thumping good action adventure.

The characters are good too, the returning Travers ( also in Abominable Snowmen) is excellently portrayed by Jack Watling. He plays the role here as an older man (some 40m years separates the 2 stories) and avoids the usual playing much older than your self cliche's. Instead he gives us a more temperamental & emotional man & suggests he gets tired easily.
Playing Travers' daughter Anne is Tina Packer. An instantly likeable character when she rebuffs mild advances from Capt Knight. She is also believably intelligent and a credible scientist. Taking a leaf out of Ice Warriors' Jan Garett she finds time to have a change of costume.
Derek Pollit's Evans is a coward you can't help liking ( what a trick missed not seconding him to UNIT and having the Brig exasperated in later stories by his behaviour!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Archive Television Musings TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2014
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The Web of Fear has long been regarded as an all-time Doctor Who classic, even when all we had to go on was one surviving episode and the soundtrack. With four of the five missing episodes now recovered its reputation seems secure, as with the luxury of more visuals it's clearly a story where everyone was on the top of their game.

Key to this was director Douglas Camfield. Long regarded as the best Doctor Who director of his era, viewing all five existing episodes only serves to enhance his reputation. The studio scenes set in the Underground are full of menace and shadows, with the Yeti rarely seen full on. The brief glimpses we do see are much more effective, as in the cold light of day they are fairly comical.

This is best demonstrated in the Covent Garden sequence in episode four - the initial shots of the waddling Yetis doesn't do them any favours, but this is quickly forgotten when Camfield orchestrates one of the best action sequences in 60's Who. Given his affinity with the military, it's a pity he never directed more during the early 1970's when the UNIT/Pertwee era would have fitted him like a glove.

Patrick Troughton is totally commanding as the Doctor. Encapsulating Troughton's strengths is a difficult task in just a few words, but his economy of performance is always striking. He could clown with the best of them, but Troughton is so compelling when he downplays. The less he does the more effective it is - just a glance or a few words can say so much when they're delivered by a quality actor.

Apart from the return of Jack Watling as Travers, the story is most notable for the first appearance of Nicholas Courtney as Lethbridge-Stewart. He's put through the mill here, particularly in the aftermath of the doomed Covent Garden expedition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2014
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A wonderful web of action and intrigue spun from pure TV gold! To watch a legendary show from the distant black-and-white days that has been wiped and lost, then retrieved and restored after so long is near miraculous. But is it still worth watching? Absolutely yes! I read the novelisation almost 40 years ago, the surviving first episode with its ‘Gothic’ atmosphere was the best ‘trailer’ I could imagine and this DVD with the almost complete 6-part story fully lives up to its high reputation. 5*

The newly recovered, VidFIRE restored episodes look amazingly good. Episode 3 is reconstructed with telesnaps and audio, not animation. Fortunately, that episode has quite large sections of exposition, lab work and walking through tunnels; important to the story but if one episode *had* to be missing it could have been worse. Unfortunately, there are no extras on this DVD. I would have liked to hear Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling and others on what would no doubt have been an entertaining commentary (if they had done one), and there must be many great stories to tell in a ‘making of’ feature. But this adventure is superb, a true classic and an essential part of any collection, extras or no extras.

Watching this story, it’s easy to see why Patrick Troughton is still THE Doctor for so many fans; he’s simply brilliant in every minute of screen time, filling our hero with genius, humour, compassion and the Second Doctor’s own special mixture of slight nervousness, bravery and total determination. He’s protective towards Victoria and shares a matey rapport with Jamie that I don’t think has ever quite been duplicated in any Doctor / companion pairing since.
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