Previously unseen in the UK for 45 years and re-mastered from newly discovered tapes located in Nigeria, the formerly missing Doctor Who classic – The Web of Fear – will be available to own on DVD from February 24th.
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Starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, alongside Frazer Hines (Jamie) and Deborah Watling (Victoria) as companions, this iconic story sees the TARDIS narrowly avoid becoming engulfed in a mysterious cobweb-like substance in space before arriving in the London Underground railway, where the Doctor soon discovers that something strange is afoot as the tunnels are being overrun by the web, an army or robotic yetis and The Great Intelligence.
Before the original broadcast in 1967, this story was deemed so scary that the Doctor delivered the following message to television audiences:
Thank goodness… Oh, it’s you… I thought for one moment it was… I’ll just sit down for a minute. I’m glad I met you as a matter of fact; there’s something I want to tell you. When we start out on our next adventure – Jamie, Victoria and I – we meet some old friends. Yes, and we also meet some old enemies. Very old enemies. The Yeti as a matter of fact. Only this time, they’re just a little bit more frightening than the last time. So I’ll warn you that if your Mummy or Daddy are scared, you just get them to hold your hand.
*Gunfire* Here we go again. I’ve got to go. See you soon – I hope!
The Web of Fear is also famed for introducing one of Doctor Who folklore’s most beloved characters: Nicholas Courtney as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart who later became the Brigadier. The Brigadier’s legacy lives on in contemporary Doctor Who, with Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (his daughter) starring in the anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.
You will notice there is no mention of extras (not a surprise), or of any relation between this release and that seen on iTunes. However, missing episodes aficionados should not expect to find anything other than complete versions of parts one, two, four, five and six and the abridged third episode on this DVD.
The Web of Fear can be ordered now from Amazon, where the £20.42 RRP is reduced to just £13.97, ahead of the February 24th release date.