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Doctor Who - The Web of Fear [DVD]

Patrick Troughton , Frazer Hines    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FRL73G6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,935 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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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Classic Doctor Who - Web Of Fear

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Classic comes back" 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeti in the London Underground! 11 Aug 2014
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Again another lost classic found after all these years!

This is the second story out of the nine missing episodes to be found from the Patrick Troughton days of `Doctor Who'.

Found in 2013 along with `The Enemy of the World' by missing episode hunter Phillip Morris, this is a 50th anniversary present of `Doctor Who' fans weren't expecting. I certainly wasn't expecting these episodes to be found and it's great to have them back. `The Web of Fear' is a classic story not just because it's Patrick Troughtons' Doctor who's in it, but it also features the celebrated villains of his era - the robotic Yeti. This is their second appearance in `Doctor Who' and I'm very pleased to have seen it on the TV screen with our family DVD player. Sadly, only one episode out of this six-part story is missing. But it's great that most of `The Web of Fear' is back with us and it gets its DVD release.

`The Web of Fear' was broadcast in 1968 during Patrick Troughton's fifth season of `Doctor Who'. The only episode to exist from that story before its recovery was `Episode 1' that was included in the 'Lost in Time' DVD as well as some surviving footage from Episodes 2, 4, 5 and 6. I remember enjoying watching this episode and was really captivated by the superb direction and pacey action under the late Douglas Camfield. The episode ended on a cliff-hanger which was truly edge-on-your-seat. I remember new series writer Robert Shearman saying on the Patrick Troughton documentary `Second Time Round' on
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Underground 21 Feb 2014
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
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Published 2 days ago by Mark wetherall
5.0 out of 5 stars never watched this before until now and the best story he has been in...
never watched this before until now and the best story he has been in as the doctor cant wait to watch the others I got now
Published 13 days ago by fad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by B. pett
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Yeti!
At last, a fairly complete Yeti adventure with the second doctor. One episode is made up of a number of stills with the original soundtrack, but the other five episodes are... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mr. Stephen Redman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to see this released
Another great addition to the collection of the Doctor Who stories. Added to my complete collection now and well worth the wait for this. Read more
Published 26 days ago by A Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good to watch
Published 26 days ago by alan waterman
4.0 out of 5 stars otherwise good.
Let down by the last 10 minutes, otherwise good.
Published 1 month ago by Mark coleby
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who at its best.
Wish that they would release the other classic stories but again the bbc are being fools and preventing fans from being able to watch them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Spacecadet
5.0 out of 5 stars A Doctor Who Holy Grail!
You probably already know that this story was lost from the BBC archives bar it's opening episode and was rediscovered in 2013.
What you want to know is- is it any good? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Action Figure Theatre
5.0 out of 5 stars Hvae you bought it Yeti
Very good and full of suspense, if a little over long. worth getting
Published 1 month ago by boroboro
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