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on 13 November 2015
Bought this for my son, a diehard Doc Who fan from way back.One of the best stories ever and great resolution on the video, especially for the age.
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on 27 August 2017
Excellent service and quality
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on 23 July 2017
bit dated but great
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on 1 May 2017
great
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on 19 June 2017
Brilliant. So glad it was re-discovered.
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on 29 May 2014
Doctor Who was often rated by the head count and this is one of the less violent series. I was really pleased to discover that the story had been returned to the archives and even more pleased to actually view this lost gem from the Troughton era. It also has a personal interest because I once met the very kind Jack Woolgar, a very under rated actor in my opinion.

There is action, thrills, and the obligatory chases down dark tunnels as the Doctor tries to find out what is going on. The Yeti are taller and leaner than the original ones seen in "The Abominable Snowmen" and Jack Watling makes a welcome reprise of his role as Professor Travers. Although it will never happen I would love Doctor Who to return to the time when stories were developed over several weeks instead of cranked out in 50 minutes. Mostly the recent two-parters spend one episode waiting for the cliff-hanger with most of the story happening in the second episode.

Highly recommended to any Doctor Who fan and a very good quality of picture. My only disappointment is the reconstructed episode. It is little more than a selection of stills shown with the sound track. After seeing how well the two missing episodes of "Invasion" were animated I felt slightly cheated.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 23 March 2014
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....

'The one with the Yeti in the London Underground' comes from the fact that this one did stick in the public consciousness for a long time, and attained the status of lost classic as a result.

It's nearly all studio bound, apart from a couple of location bits. Including a superbly directed battle sequence as the Army take on the Yeti. The jump from film material to video recording is noticeable but you do get used to it.

The sets are very good - as a result of which London Underground did inquire how the BBC had gotten to film in the tube without their permission. And the supporting cast are all well drawn. The actor playing reporter Chorley seems to try and imitate Alan Whicker - a name that would have meant a lot to viewers at the time - Travers' scientist daughter comes over as being genuinely intelligent. Although with somewhat stereotypical Welshman Private Evans, who is always looking to get away from danger, you can never be sure if he's meant to be comic relief or not and his attitude does get a bit annoying at times.

Amongst the character is a military man called Col. Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Whose first meeting with the Doctor occurs off camera and whose first appearance is in the missing episode three. Nicholas Courtney delivers a commanding performance from the off. And thus the name of the character became rather familiar...

Amongst these people though is someone who is working for the intelligence. This fact creates a great deal of tension [to audiences of the time, who had never seen Lethbridge-Stewart before, they wouldn't have known whether to trust him or not] an the best of the story is in parts three and four when things all seem to go against the humans, and a great deal of tension and action and shocks await.

Six parters could always be overlong, and this possibly is. Ultimately it's perhaps an overlong runaround. But it's a really good one.

Can it live up to it's reputation and the memories of those who saw it at the time?

That's for the viewer to decide. But at least you can get a chance to do so. Which is great.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

It's English audio captioned.

The only extra whatsoever is a trailer for the story 'The Enemy of the World' on dvd. And since that one is already out, the trailer is thus 'also available' rather than 'coming soon.'
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on 30 July 2014
You probably already know that this story was lost from the BBC archives bar it's opening episode and was rediscovered in 2013.
What you want to know is- is it any good?

I first saw The Web of Fear part one in 1991. The story begins with a lot of tension and I always wondered if the quality would be kept up through its entire 6 episodes. Being extremely familiar with part one, it was with real excitement that I was able to press on into part two and finally see what happened next.
What follows is a brilliant 'base-under-siege' story, a staple of this part of the Troughton era but this must surely be the best example. The yeti are for the most part used sparingly (though there's a brilliant action set piece in part 4) but you are constantly aware of a sense of menace throughout the story despite a lack of discernible villain.
There are some great characters too from the big hitters like Travers and (debuting) Lethbridge Stewart (later The Brigadier) right down to minor characters who get killed off early. The self serving Weems is a delight as is smarmy Harold Chorley.
And Troughton really shines here playing a more serious version of his Doctor. If you want consequences in your Doctor Who, look no further.
It's a shame part 3 is still missing (just a soundtrack with some stills) but there's still plenty to love here.
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on 26 February 2014
I am a huge fan of the show. Really huge. So much so, that the TARDIS isnt big enough for my ego! 5 stars just isnt enough to rate this. When I learnt of this fantastic discovery of this sought after story some 45 years after it was first broadcast, Doctor Who entered into a new era for fans old and new. Here's to many more discoveries of lost stories and episodes. Did I mention that you should own and watch a classic piece of television history. Patrick Troughton at his very best, along with favourite companions to help battle robotic Yeti
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on 3 March 2014
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!) and Jack Woolgar's Sgt Arnold is the sort of tough but fair army type so often played by one Mr Hartnell before he was the Doctor.
The man of the match of course is the Brigadier; who at this stage is still Col Lethbridge-Stewart. Great debut as the character by Nicholas Courtney, sadly his 1st appearance is in the still missing Ep 3 represented by soundtrack and telesnap pictures but what a memorable start as he holds the Doc at knifepoint! The hallmark of the character-military but human and not narrow minded is here for all to see.

A great show for Mr Troughton, devious (he doesn't tell others what he's up to), clever, compassionate and with Miss Travers almost flirty!
Frazer Hines' Jamie gets to do plenty as the man of action & forms an odd couple double act with Evans.
Deborah Watling's Victoria now warming up to being out of her era ( for the character her outfit is quite daring) does her usual stuff getting captured etc. but she does it so well you don't mind. Shame she doesn't get more screentime with Jamie.
The yeti are a marvellously incongruous monster & just fantasic fun. With John Levene playing one it means Sgt Benton's in the story too (Levene recalled that at this early point when he only got the monsters to play, Troughton was very encouraging to him).

Generally the webstuff is well made occasionally there are pulsating things clearly made of cellophane but the look is generally pretty good. Great direction & the soundtrack only episode doesn't ruin things at all (in a few bits they cannily reuse other episode's footage).

Good restoration work too.

Just briefly because I thoroughly enjoyed this, no extras! There clearly was ample time to do a commentary even if animation and a making of doc might have delayed things too much.

This story never comes to life on audio and now it's restored to glory, I recommend it for evreyone.
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