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Doctor Who - The Web of Fear [DVD]

Patrick Troughton , Frazer Hines    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FRL73G6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454 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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23 of 25 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
Format:DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Classic comes back" 3 Mar 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one with the Yeti in the London Underground 23 Mar 2014
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The fifth story from Patrick Troughton's second year as Doctor Who comes to DVD.

Originally a story of six twenty five minute long black and white episodes, all that existed in the bbc archive of this one till recently was episode one. The others having fallen foul of the BBC's old policy of wiping tapes of programmes they never expected to repeat or to have any long term value.

Copies of episodes two, four, five and six were recently found, though. All have been restored to pretty decent picture quality.

Episode three remains gone. To allow for a quick release of the story on DVD, this has episode three recreated by using the original soundtrack and photos that were taken of it at the time that it was broadcast.

The story was the second appearance of the Yeti. And their controller, the great intelligence. The Doctor, plus companions Jamie and Victoria, had met them three stories before, in 'The Abominable Snowmen.' Which was set in 1930's Tibet. And where they met scientist Professor Travers.

The Web of Fear starts with a quick scene that resolves the cliffhanger ending to the last episode of preceding story 'The Enemy of the World' [and which really belongs in the finale episode of that, but was presumably held over just to create a cliffhanger] and then it's 1960's London. Where the much older Travers lets his curiosity get the better of him. The Yeti return.

As London falls foul of a strange fungus, and the Yeti prowl the streets of the city and Underground tunnels, a small army unit is trying to fight back. When the Doctor and friends join them they find they have enemies both outside the military base. And within....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor Beat Yett Again
I've Seen This Yet But Cant Wait Watch Lot Of Dr Who DVD
In My Collection When I Watch been Top 5
Published 13 hours ago by Ben Conning
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who - Web of Fear
This is a great resurrection of the Doctor Who genre. Well presented and edited but it is perhaps a little pricey.
Published 1 day ago by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic...
This is an excellent story, and has been one that I've wanted to see for a long time. The only disappointments for this DVD release are that it doesn't contain any extras. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Splatterpunk
5.0 out of 5 stars web of fear.
Just brilliant. Lets hope the BBC finds more missing doctor who episodes soon. The restoration was superb as always. Thanks.
Published 5 days ago by Mr Nick Page-Stead
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic return
There is still one episode missing but the telesnaps make up for this as the other episodes apart from 1 have not been seen for years. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mr. T. Barker
4.0 out of 5 stars Who knew?
Like most people I was keen to finally get to watch this. I've read the book and that tells a jolly exciting story. I've heard the audio recording and enjoyed it too. Read more
Published 7 days ago by M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars nice to buy
waited 40 years to see this . so have others, put that on a 50 inch screen , and enjoy the uncomplicated black and whiteness, of the show, held up well for its age
Published 8 days ago by a seymour
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential purchase but shame about no extras or animation for episode...
Yep, everyone is right - this is an essential purchase but docked a star as there are no extras and episode 3 is telesnaps only. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness they found it!
This is a story I'd always wanted to see!
Genuinely frightening and very atmospheric in parts. A brilliant story! Read more
Published 11 days ago by S. Phythian
5.0 out of 5 stars Web of Fear
A recently discovered almost complete adventure with Patrick Troughtons Doctor. An absolute gem. No true fan of the show should miss it.
Published 16 days ago by Ian Leslie Cowling
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