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The Web of Fear

The Web of Fear is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from February 3 to March 9, 1968. This serial — which marks the return of the Yeti, the Great Intelligence, and Professor Travers — is the sequel to The Abominable Snowmen.

The episode is a continuation of Professor Travers' Tibetan expedition, in which Travers donates a Yeti (actually a robot for the Great Intelligence) to a museum. Now Professor Travers has discovered how to activate a control sphere (which controls the Yeti), and now it is missing.

For an 'in depth' look at this story, and a photonovel, go to;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/episodeguide/weboffear/

Only Episode 1 and a few clips of this story still exist in the BBC Archives. The clips are those that were censored and physically cut from the film by the New Zealand authorities when they purchased the rights to broadcast the story.

In 2003, Episode 1 of this story & episodes 1 & 3 of The Faceless Ones were the final episodes of Doctor Who to be released on VHS by BBC Worldwide.
Episode 1 and the surviving clips were released on DVD in the UK in November 2004 in the three-disc Lost in Time set.

The audio soundtrack, along with additional linking narration by Frazer Hines, has been released on MP3 CD, along with The Abominable Snowman. A collection box entitled Yeti Attack contains both Yeti adventures on normal CD

The CD sleeve notes of the Audio CD release describe this episode as "...both a whodunnit with a clever unexpected ending...". However, the reader of the notes will already have discovered who was behind it all earlier in the sleeve notes when it described the critical reaction of fans to the person who voiced the Great Intelligence (and naming him in the process).



Heres a clip from Episode 1. See loose Cannon, Recon Team and other Fan Groups for more;



The DWM index is at;

http://www.lovingwho.com/DWMIndex/Television/PatrickTroughton.html

A novelisation of this serial, written by Terrance Dicks, was published by Target Books in August 1976, entitled Doctor Who and The Web of Fear. Dicks establishes that the first meeting of the Doctor and Lethbridge-Stewart is vital to future adventures.



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