Doctor Who: Season 26, Episode 10

The Curse of Fenric: Part 3 (8 Nov. 1989)

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The Doctor and his friends come under attack from the Haemavores, allowing Millington to retrieve the flask containing Fenric's essence.

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Sophie Aldred ...
Ace
Dinsdale Landen ...
Alfred Lynch ...
Nicholas Parsons ...
Tomasz Borkowy ...
Captain Sorin (as Tomek Bork)
Peter Czajowski ...
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Marek Anton ...
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Joann Kenny ...
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Joanne Bell ...
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Stevan Rimkus ...
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Marcus Hutton ...
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Christien Anholt ...
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The Doctor and his friends come under attack from the Haemavores, allowing Millington to retrieve the flask containing Fenric's essence.

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When the Haemovores bust open the "iron shutters" at the mineshaft entrance, one of the doors wobbles as it's flung open and on the other a panel comes off in a rather rubbery fashion. See more »

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Fenric: We play the contest again, Time Lord.
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Not too bad but not great.

Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric: Part Three starts as the Haemovore Vampire creatures rise from the sea & attack the nearby Jude's Church in which the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy), Ace (Sophie Aldred), Reverend Wainwright (Nicholas Parsons) & some Russian soldiers barricade themselves in. Eventually making it back to the Naval base the Doctor realises that he has to face the evil Fenric a second time...

Episode 10 from season 26 this originally aired here in the UK during November 1989, despite The Curse of Fenric having a fairly decent reputation amongst fans of the show I have to say I don't think too much of it. More borrowing from John Carpenters The Fog (1980) here as the creatures of myth & an ancient curse attack a Church & in particular someone who has lost their faith while the heroine of the piece tries to escape from the Church roof. While this episode is alright & passes the time harmlessly enough I just can't get into the story at all, maybe the longer versions add narrative which makes the plot flow better & frankly make more sense. I mean Ace's encounter with a soldier at the end of this episode is just baffling, has she developed psychic powers all of a sudden or what? The whole mysterious manipulative Doctor scenario has been used in just about every McCoy story is no more than a tired excuse by now to just have some supposedly big reveal at the end which more often than not falls flat on it's face. The plot takes a odd turn here, the Doctor reveals that Haemovores are what the human species will evolve into. One other thing if the Haemovores turned Phyllis & Jean into Vampires why not do the same to the Russian soldiers? Why kill the Russain soldiers & only turn Phyllis & Jean?

Like a lot of Doctor Who serials from the 80's the direction is often poor, the way poor old Reverend Wainwright just stands there as a horde of Haemovore approaches him, the poorly staged fight between Ace & a couple of Haemovores on a Church roof (how did that soldier climb a sheer brick Church wall to get to Ace?) & the Russain soldiers reaction to the Haemovores on the beach. The acting has been varied so far, those Russian accents are terrible & game show host Nicholas Parsons is absolutely awful in this. The erratic weather conditions during filming are all too apparent here, one scene it's pouring with rain & wet while the next mere yards away it's dry & bright.

The Curse of Fenric: Part Three is an alright Doctor Who serial, the last but one in fact of the classic era as this turned out to be the penultimate episode from the penultimate serial, but I have to say I don't like it that much & the story is a bit of a muddle.


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