Doctor Who: Season 15, Episode 9

Image of the Fendahl: Part One (29 Oct. 1977)

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Archeologists near a reputedly haunted woods use a time scanner to explore the history of a sinister 12 million year old skull, creating a hole in time that attracts the Doctor's attention.

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Archeologists near a reputedly haunted woods use a time scanner to explore the history of a sinister 12 million year old skull, creating a hole in time that attracts the Doctor's attention.

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Fans voted this number 68 in a countdown of the 163 Doctor Who (1963) stories in Outpost Gallifrey's 40th anniversary poll in 2003. See more »

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Martha Tyler: [warningly] There isn't a dog born that'd as attack me, boy. They got more sense than most people.
[exits]
Martha Tyler: [to Colby, after Martha leaves] Now I can see why they burnt witches.
Mitchell: Cheaper than oil.
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Last echo of the horror themes from the great previous era.
13 January 2015 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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Horror of Fang Rock two stories before this was a sort of dividing point between the sustained brilliance of the quite adult horror based series 12-14 and the more lightweight, humour based series 15 onwards. This though is a horror themed story, a final echo of that previous era before the tone changes fully to a lighter tone in the following stories of the series.

The story has a skull, seemingly human but far too old to be human, dug up and used by scientists in their experiments. The skull is actually alien and has dangerous powers. There are also followers of a mystical cult helping the alien Fendahleen to return The Doctor has to stop the alien menace.

The story is well acted, well scripted and suitably creepy. The first episode is particularly brilliant. It is exciting and enjoyable but the final part of the story is a slightly less impressive ending after the superior first three parts.


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