Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Web of Fear: Episode 1 

The TARDIS becomes trapped in space before ending up in an underground station of a mysteriously deserted London.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Watling ...
Tina Packer ...
Frederick Schrecker ...
Rod Beacham ...
Richardson Morgan ...
Ralph Watson ...
Jon Rollason ...
Jack Woolgar ...
Stephen Whittaker ...
Bernard G. High ...
Gordon Stothard ...


The TARDIS becomes trapped in space before ending up in an underground station of a mysteriously deserted London.

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Release Date:

3 February 1968 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story "The Web of Fear" was largely set on the London Underground. The BBC were not allowed to film on the Underground so they constructed their own studio sets of the tunnels and the stations. These were so realistic that when the episodes were broadcast, London Transport accused the BBC of surreptitiously sneaking into a real station for the filming. See more »


The Doctor tells Victoria that underground trains are a little after her time; however, Victoria is from 1866, and the first underground railway between Bishop's Road (now Paddington) and Farringdon Street was opened three years earlier, on 10 January 1863. See more »


[the TARDIS has landed, rather bumpily, in a London Underground railway tunnel]
Dr. Who: For the moment, we have eluded our captor. Look at the scanner, both of you.
Victoria: Well, where are we?
Dr. Who: I really don't know, Victoria. Shall we go out and have a look.
Victoria: Now? Is it safe?
Dr. Who: [mischievously and airily] Oh, I shouldn't think so for a moment! Jamie... I think we're going to need torches.
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Written and Performed by John Scott as Johnny Scott and his Orchestra
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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"We're the flies, all right. But where is the spider?"
16 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Web Of Fear is a story I have admired for many years. I knew it was considered a classic and rightfully so. But, I never quite came to appreciate it when it was found and released to the world in time for the 50th anniversary! I loved every minute of it! I can't say much more. You must see this Doctor Who story! Almost all of the story is intact and ready to be viewed. It's a great thrill ride with enough mystery and action to keep you interested. Patrick Troughton is on the top of his game and so are Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling. They aren't given as much to do here but are still fantastic to watch. I'd recommend to anyone.

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