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An Enjoyable Period Drama,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Horror of Fang Rock  [DVD]  (DVD)
This is a period drama with a bit of sci-fi added at the very end and none the less enjoyable for that. It has a similar feel to The Talons of Weng Chiang but obviously being set in and around a lighthouse has a much more claustrophobic feel to it. At times I was left wondering how it was possible to produce a decent plot given that the characters couldn't really miss each other in 4 rooms joined linearly by a spiral staircase but it just about all works in the end. The appearance of the Rutan in the final episode is a bit of a disappointment special-effects wise (especially after watching the new series) and it's a bit strange that the alien doesn't become Reuben again or some other suitable form as it seems to have great difficulty with the stairs!
Overall this is an enjoyable tale. The extras are good - especially the 45 min feature on Terrance Dicks. The feature commentary is very interesting and informative - they ramble all over the place, occasionally returning to the plot when something significant happens with a "Where are we now?" or "has that bit happened yet?" but there is lots of info about how the show came about and how Dr. Who was made in the '70s.
You could bemoan the fact that Tom Baker is not on the commentary, but it helps maintain his reputation as a mysterious character (both Tom and the Doctor!) and you probably wouldn't have heard the others describing his awkwardness in reheasal and on set.