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The Web of Fear: Episode 5 

Victoria and Travers are held prisoner by the Great Intelligence, who is planning to drain the Doctor's mind.



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Victoria and Travers are held prisoner by the Great Intelligence, who is planning to drain the Doctor's mind.

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2 March 1968 (UK)  »

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A copy of this episode was discovered in 2013, restored and released to iTunes late in 2013. A DVD is due to be released in the UK in February 2014. See more »

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The Joy of Fear. One of the very best, a terrific classic
2 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 6 parts:

This has been acclaimed as an all time classic for many years and deservedly so. It is terrific in every department.

The story involves the Great Intelligence, the villain introduced earlier in the series and which would return shortly before and during the shows 50th anniversary season. The threat posed by this villain and the actions of his minions the Yeti, provide cracking entertainment and thrills.

The Great Intelligence causes the TARDIS to go to Earth where the evil power is carrying out an attack on London including robot Yeti marauding through the London underground.

There is plenty of action, there is mystery as to who is under the influence of the evil power and consistently great dialogue support a tremendously high standard of story throughout the 6 episodes. The number of great characters is incredible with Lethbridge-Stewart's notable debut, the return of Travers and the addition of his daughter, the journalist Chorley, several of the main soldiers as well as the Intelligence and the Yeti minions. Brilliant acting from the whole cast, quality production values and set design with a fine script and effects make this pretty flawless.

This is a true all time classic, one of the best Who stories ever and therefore as good as TV gets!

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