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on 27 May 2016
Good although a slower paced story line.
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on 22 January 2013
For saying it's second hand the quality was superb as was the service received
. The Web of fear audio track makes you wish it was available to watch but it certainly fills in the gap...a little bit of who history in this one as the Doctor meets the Brigadier for the first time. great stuff.
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on 25 July 2013
This was great one of my all time favourites so sad there is only one epsiode remaining but this was a good buy.
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on 23 September 2000
The BBC, in the days before home video, decided that some of its programs were no longer required in its archives. In a somewhat unsystematic purging, many classics were consigned to the flames, including several Doctor Who stories. Fortunately, some fans of the series had made their own audio recordings, and these (following a thorough re-mastering by the BBC) are being released.
"The Web of Fear" is one of these releases. This story is very important in Doctor Who's long history - it points the way forward to a major change in format. At the beginning of the series, the Doctor's companions included two teachers Intelligence (Ian and Barbara). No story took place on contemporary Earth as one of the plot threads was the endeavours of these two teachers to return to their own time and place. Even after they returned home, this aversion to contemporary Earth continued. The first story fully set on contemporary Earth was "The War Machines", and "The Web of Fear" was the second.
Following on from the popularity of the Yeti in "The Abominable Snowmen" (another lost story, and sadly not also available as a CD soundtrack), the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria again encounter the Yeti - this time in the contemporary London Underground. This story introduces Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, who afterwards is promoted to Brigadier and placed in charge of the British section of the United Nations Taskforce. One of the most popular of Doctor Who's supporting cast.
The story is strong, with an underlying mystery - who is the agent of the Great Intelligence who is controlling things? There is a sizeable cast with lots of suspects. As the story progresses, the web closes in and the cast members are thinned out. Tension would have been quite high for the viewers experiencing this story, one episode at a time over six weeks. It is still palpable in this story, even if you were to listen to all two and a half hours in one sitting.
Of course, we are deprived of the visuals and linking narrative read by Frazer Hines (who plays Jamie in the story) can only go some way towards bridging these gaps. For me, the season in which "The Web of Fear" appeared is the first I can remember watching Doctor Who as a child. My memory could supply a limited amount of imagery to accompany the sounds, but I don't believe this is necessary.
"The Web of Fear" is one of the best stories of Patrick Troughton's era playing the Doctor, and it is a good story for anyone interested in the show. For the fans, the bonus is that the story is a precursor to the UNIT stories, which were to form the backbone of the series a couple of years after this story was broadcast.
Highly recommended. OK BBC, where's "The Abominable Smowmen"?
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on 15 July 2000
This has always been one of my favourate Doctor Who stories ever since I heard a copy of the original off-air recording. Since then I have gone through the novelisation and the telesnap reconstruction with a fine tooth comb, and now that the BBC have released this story on audio it seems almost complete. It is only with hindsight that we can actually see how important this story was. It included the first appearance of Lethbridge-Stewart, a character which was to appear with the five predecessors to Troughton as the Doctor, and it also laid the foundations for the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (or UNIT) which was to make it's first appearance later in the Troughton era in 'The Invasion'. The Web of Fear was also the last proper (and the best) appearance of the Yeti. This is in many ways a shame. They were at the time amongst the most popular enemies of the Doctor (barring of course the Daleks and the Cybermen), and had it not been for a fall out between Haisman and Lincoln [the creators of the Yeti, and writers of this story], they would probably have played a prominent role in future Doctor Who stories. However, it was not to be, and their final outing is certainly a worthy one. The BBC release of this story is done to perfection with the audio crystal-clear, and Frazer Hines linking narration completely unobtrusive and extremely appropriate. I just hope that the BBC continue to delve into Doctor Who's lost past through the use of audio... There may not be any pictures, but it's far better than nothing!
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on 13 November 2007
Doctor Who is best remembered for the monsters. Doctor Who is one of the best series ever produced. Doctor Who never seems to run out of fresh ideas even when it comes to sequels. The Yeti appeared first in The Abominable Snowmen, which was a great introduction to these classic monsters. But the Web of Fear is even better.

Some would say this is the classic story formula, a few people in a claustrophobic setting with plenty of scary moments and monsters just around the corner. But never did the series do it any finer than on this great story. Set in the london underground, amidst dark tunnels. The yeti in this story dont look cute as they did last time either, they look huge and formidable.

Some of the yeti scenes are the best in the whole history of the show, and its a shame only the soundtrack now exists as a whole. The few surviving clips are terrifying. This is a very scary story, especially in the opening episode as the first yeti comes to life....and the ending is fresh and slightly different for a change. Altogether this is a very good story with plenty going for it.
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on 11 March 2000
As with the other recent releases, this is a superb, surprisingly high quality soundtrack of a story that has become deservedly mythical. In my view, it contains the first meld of the elements of that became traditional Doctor Who storytelling: claustrophobic, familiar 'contemporary' setting: the London Underground juxtaposed with bizarre and 'frightening' elements, bordering on the surreal: the Yeti of myth. Monsters, suspense, action and humour: this story has it all with excellent performances all round, particularly from Patrick Troughton. The soundtrack is crystal clear and perfectly complemented by easy to follow, through unobtrusive narration by Frazer Hines which does not allow any 'visual' sequences to drag on audio. The first appearance of Nicholas Courtney as the (to become much-loved) Lethbridge Stewart makes this a milestone. Interestingly, here he is a far more intelligent, well-realised man with real leadership qualities rather than a military buffoon: hear the scene where he is the only person to believe in the TARDIS on hearing of it for the first time! A forward, open-minded military thinker! An excellent, atmospheric story with moments of humour and suspense. What a pity we can't see it but this is the next best thing.
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on 24 April 2011
I bought the audio collection The Yeti Attack which included The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear. The Web of Fear follows on from the Abominable Snowmen. When I first listened to The Web of Fear I found it exciting, thrilling and sinister. This episode has action and intrigue from the beginning. Out of all the episodes I found that episode 5 was the most stimulating. The series brings back a previous character from the Abominable Snowmen, the elderly Travers, who now has a daughter called Anne. I found the plot for this story better than The Abominable Snowmen because The Abominable Snowmen is a bit slow but I still enjoyed it. I found the alien intelligence quite sinister and cunning. This story also introduces a well loved character, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, who is a Colonel in this story. This story kept me on the edge on my seat and is one of my all time favourites. This story definitely does not deserve to have a bad review since lots of Doctor Who fans love this story. I recommend this story to any Doctor Who fan!
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on 27 June 2011
Story:9/10 (Furry foes return & take extreme measures to avoid congestion charge)

This series 5 lost story (only episode 1 of 6 survives) enjoys a great reputation in a strong series. Pleasingly it's well deserved. The so-called "monster season" sees the considerably scarier 2nd appearance of the yeti. The Web of Fear is a gritty, witty and very suspenseful blend of horror, whodunnit and base-under-siege tension. The performances are uniformly excellent, with even smaller parts fleshed out with good characterisation. Famously, the studio bound sets were good enough to fool London Underground.

Those film sequences that do survive (available on the indispensible Doctor Who - Lost In Time [DVD] [1963]) demonstrate Camfield emerging as the leading action director on the show, conveying the slickness of war and horror films with ten times the budget. Even on audio, you really get to know the beleagured bunch below ground: funny, grumpy Travers; slimy Chorley; skiver Evans; dependable Knight and some mysterious fellow called Lethbridge-Stewart... As the body count rises, you're kept guessing as to who will survive and just who might turn out to be- ah, but you have that revelation to look forward to!
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