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Horror of Fang Rock: Part One 

The TARDIS lands near an isolated rocky island lighthouse just after a comet strikes the nearby sea and a sudden chilling fog rolls in. Soon after, electrical problems take hold of the generator and one of the keepers dies mysteriously. Rueben, the eldest keeper, thinks it's the return of the legendary Beast of Fang Rock, but the Doctor suspects it's something worse that a legend.


Paddy Russell


Terrance Dicks (by)

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Episode credited cast:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Louise Jameson ... Leela
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ... Reuben
John Abbott John Abbott ... Vince
Ralph Watson Ralph Watson ... Ben
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Caffrey Sean Caffrey ... Lord Palderdale (voice)
Annette Woollett Annette Woollett ... Adelaide Lesage (voice)


In Victorian times, the Doctor and Leela arrive on Fang Rock, an isolated crag where something starts killing the local lighthouse keepers. Simple, dark and very atmospheric drama, perhaps inspired by fanciful stories which followed the tragic loss of three lighthouse workers in 1900, on Eilean Mor in the remote Flannan Isles of Northwest Scotland. Written by no2-10

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3 September 1977 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Reuben Crockett was originally named Joshua. See more »


The Doctor: Generator's working. I wonder what's happening to the power.
Leela: I'm not a tesh-nician.
The Doctor: Could be shorting out, I suppose.
Leela: And I suppose you're going to mend it.
The Doctor: What? Without asking permission? I wouldn't dream of it. Let's talk to the crew first. This way. "Tesh-nician?"
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Creepy, atmospheric horror story
13 July 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

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THE HORROR OF FANG ROCK is a well-remember Tom Baker Dr Who adventure and for good reason - it's a grand old slice of atmospheric horror with shades of both Lovecraft and Carpenter's THE THING. Pretty amazing what you can do on a low budget, but the fog-bound locales and the claustrophobic confines of an old lighthouse makes for a fascinating backdrop for this story.

The tale is a simple one in which the Doctor and Leela find themselves in a late 19th century lighthouse where all hell is about to break loose. A strange creature has crashed down from the skies and proceeds to make mincemeat of the occupiers; when a ship is wrecked on the rocks nearby, a group of survivors are added to the fold and the group must work together to try to combat the menace.

Baker plays it relatively subdued here, and for good reason as the emphasis is on the plot for once. Okay, so the creature, when seen, is merely adequate, but the preceding atmosphere building is spot on and I appreciated the attention to detail too. The supporting cast are all game and give effective turns and even the slower moments are packed with suspense so that the serial never feels dull. THE HORROR OF FANG ROCK is an example of Dr Who at its finest.

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