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Lumbering and a bit over-hyped.,
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Missing Stories: The Web of Fear. Starring Patrick Troughton & Fraser Hines (BBC Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
I'm probably committing sacrilege here, but I never totally got the Yetis. An ethereal super-intelligence is planning to take over earth and needs an invasion force, fair enough, but why are they robot yetis? The Amazing Mind-Controlled, Robotic Yetis! Sounds like a comic strip from Viz. Why are they lumbering around in the London Underground, how will this help achieve their global conquest? When the Intelligence was trying to take over the Tibetan Monastery in The Abominable Snowmen, an earlier episode, the Yetis made sense. The Web of Fear is basically just a rerun of that story in a different location. I found much of the story vague and in need of deeper explanation, you never really get the sense of what the Intelligence is or what it hopes to achieve.
The Underground setting, very atmospheric at first, becomes confining after a couple of episodes. The characters have little to do except dash down one tunnel or another, and like many of the Troughton era stories the middle episodes drag on a bit. The problem with this audio version is that during action scenes where there is little dialogue you are often left wondering what is going on, despite the well judged linking narration.
The story does have some iconic moments, the opening sequence in the museum, the Tardis landing in Covent Garden station, the first appearence of the Brigadier for example. However I think the story is revered for these moments rather than the total experience.