Doctor Who: Web of Fear DVD Review

     Actors: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling, Nicholas Courtney
  • Director: Douglas Camfield
  • Writers: Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln
  • Producer: Peter Bryant
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
  • Run Time: 150 minutes


            Many of the “Doctor Who” episodes are long lost, wiped by BBC’s unfortunate decision to wipe many hours of broadcast years ago. This has left many of the Patrick Troughton storylines in the series forever incomplete, though an occasional miracle brings back episodes thought to be gone. There are still sections of “Web of Fear” which are missing, though episode 6 was discovered in 2013, and now is available with all of the existing episodes in this storyline on this DVD release.


            Only episode three is still missing, and it has been reconstructed with audio tracks and photographs for this collection. This allows fans to experience the first storyline with UNIT, thanks to a rare discovery in missing episodes in Nigeria, of all places. Suddenly in 2013, this 5-episode storyline went from being nearly entirely incomplete to only missing one of the segments. Taking place in the London Underground, complete with Yeti creatures and impressive sets, “Web of Fear” is a long-lost treasure that any “Doctor Who” fan should have in their collection.


    Entertainment Value: 7/10

    Quality of Filmmaking: 7/10

    Historical Significance: 9/10

    Special Features: 2/10


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