Doctor Who: Season 15, Episode 4

Horror of Fang Rock: Part Four (24 Sep. 1977)

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With little to fear, and its mother ship about to land and turn Earth into an alien attack base, the electrically charged Rutan scout drops its human guise and attacks openly.



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With little to fear, and its mother ship about to land and turn Earth into an alien attack base, the electrically charged Rutan scout drops its human guise and attacks openly.

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Leela: [She's been blinded by the flash and holds out her knife to the Doctor] Slay me, Doctor!
Doctor Who: what?
Leela: I am blind. Slay me now... it is the fate of the old and crippled!
Doctor Who: [He slowly takes the knife, then chuckles] You're neither old nor crippled.
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Horror not Humour, the last leftovers of the greatest Doctor Who era?
12 January 2015 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

Very sadly the finest producer in Doctor Who history, Phillip Hinchcliffe, had left and BBC bosses were insisting new producer Graham Williams tone down the adult content of the Hinchcliffe era. This was a huge mistake (caving in to pressure from some complaints it was too scary) and the series, whilst achieving greatness many times after this point, would never reach the incredible sustained super high standards of the wonderful Hinchcliffe produced series 12, 13 and 14. Much of the credit for those amazing years was down to writer Robert Holmes who was still in place but was soon to step down as series writer and only continue as a guest writer. With new producer Williams forced to make the show less adult he made the series more humour driven and more lightweight which meant whilst some stories still were fantastic the overall quality fell quite considerably from the mega highs of those preceding years. Horror of Fang Rock is the dividing mark, far more like the tremendous horror based predecessors than the humour based Doctor Who 'lite' that was to follow. It is an excellent story as a result.

An atmospheric, claustrophobic adventure in a lighthouse under attack from a mysterious and murderous force. Along with The Doctor and Leela are the lighthouse crew and some shipwrecked posh folk with tensions and a series of killings ensuing. The final episode is slightly less perfect but still very good indeed. A thoroughly enjoyable story. The following story is not one I would pay the same compliments.

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