Doctor Who - Horror of Fang Rock  [DVD] 
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Another adventure for the intrepid space/time traveller. It is the turn of the century, and the Tardis materialises by a lighthouse on the desolate isle of Fang Rock. When the engineer dies in mysterious circumstances, the remaining crew blame the mythical Beast of Fang Rock - until the Doctor and Leela turn up...
It is the turn of the century, and the TARDIS materialises by a lighthouse on the desolate isle of Fang Rock. When the engineer dies in mysterious circumstances, the remaining crew blame the mythical Beast of Fang Rock - until the Doctor and Leela turn up...
When a small clippper runs aground on the crags of Fang Rock the lighthouse offers shelter to its desperate passengers. But the Doctor soon discovers clues that suggest that no one is safe on the tiny island. Whilst a private drama unfolds between the survivors of the wrecked clipper, another death occurs. The Doctor suspects a ruthless alien lurks in the thick unnatural fog around the island and secures the lighthouse. But has he really locked the horror out, or is it somewhere inside with them...?
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In September 1977 these two weekend fixtures seemed to merge in the Space-Time Continuum, producing the outstanding `Horror of Fang Rock'.
Terrance Dicks' script is superb, full of tension, incident, excellent dialogue and even some humorous moments, each character's motivation and personality clearly drawn and believable. The first-rate cast bring this script to life as sincerely if they were playing one of the Sunday classics, from the opening friendly argument between the lighthouse keepers about the rival merits of oil and electricity, to the arguing shipwrecked aristocrats (who are not feeling friendly to each other at all). The convincingly cramped lighthouse sets and swirling studio fog add greatly to the claustrophobic mood as danger closes in.
Tom Baker is in fine form, as the Doctor slowly pieces together the puzzle and even makes a rare mistake along the way - the Doctor's realisation of this is a dramatic moment. Of course he recovers from this to finish off his adversaries in a typically inventive manner before delivering the memorable final lines of the story, a quotation that stayed with me for more than 35 years.
Louise Jameson is excellent as Leela. The script gives her plenty of great material and she plays it perfectly as usual, laying down the law to timid earthlings, pushing heedlessly through Edwardian social conventions, even teasing the Doctor at one point and clearly enjoying it. Leela is still the fearless warrior, but also very intelligent and learning fast from her travels with the Doctor.
It must be said that the enemy, when it finally shows itself, is a product of its pre-CGI time in terms of special effects, but it's certainly different and the concept is a good one in a strong story.
`Horror of Fang Rock' must be one of the scariest DVDs to carry a U certificate. It was a brilliant response to the critics who said `Doctor Who' had become too violent. The critics were wrong anyway - I'd watched since Jon Pertwee's early years (my early years too) and yes, `Doctor Who' was frightening sometimes, it was meant to be, and we loved it!
DVD Extras include the interesting commentary with good anecdotes and Terrance Dicks giving the writer's perspective on this unforgettable tale, and a documentary about his career - one of the key figures in the success story of classic `Doctor Who'.
A ship crashes on the rocks and deposits a few passengers in the form of a mad banker intent on contacting London to make money, his wife who a neurotic screamer and a retired army officer with a few skeletons in the closet.
This is dark, spooky and very much the essence of what made us hide behind the sofa at 5:30 on a Saturday night, It's kind of like Alien before Alien was made, a group of people locked up with an Alien threat on the loose.
Great stuff and one of the best of the Baker years.
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Tom Baker have always been my favourite doctor. This is one of the best Doctor Who story.