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Doctor Who V.23-28: The Web of Fear

October 27th, 2013 (03:32 am)

Doctor Who: The Recovered Episodes, III

I've at last completed my review of The Web of Fear; feverishness can be attributed to my cold. It can be found over at The Event Library.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2013/10/27/the-web-of-fear.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: October 27th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)

Based on the first episode and censor clips, this is an impressive Troughton story, although it suffers when season five is watched in order from being towards the end of a run of similar, if mostly inferior, stories. As you say, it's not a straightforward rehearsal for the Pertwee UNIT era.

One thing I hope to look at in my next Changing Style of Doctor Who post is the way that late sixties villains tend to be either natural forces displaced from their 'proper' environment (the weed creature, the Macra) or distorted versions of humanity (the Cybermen, David Whitaker's use of the Daleks). The Great Intelligence is unusual as it is supernatural, looking towards the god-like monsters of the seventies, although I suppose the Yeti at least look like natural forces, their robotic nature notwithstanding.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 27th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)

I think that when you finally get to see it in almost-full the differences with its predecessors will be more apparent.

The great distinguishing feature of the Intelligence as a villain is that the Doctor really doesn't know what it is. Draining it is a method of satisfying his curiosity.