Lost Episodes: Doctor Who: The Web of FearClosed Captioning
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Recovered missing episodes of Doctor Who, the world’s longest running sci-fi drama are being revealed and available to view and own for the first time in over 40 years, Ten Doctor Who episodes were discovered through the tracking records of shipments made by the BBC to Africa that contained tapes for transmission. A restoration teams has re-mastered episodes 1,2 ,4, 5 & 6 from the original black and white 1960s film and subsequently gone through a frame by frame restoration to the fantastic quality that audiences expect from Doctor Who. Episode 3 has been reconstructed using stills and audio. This is the 1968 story, The Web of Fear, and, as the original episode three remains missing, part of this story has been reconstructed using stills with the original audio. Starring Patrick Troughton alongside Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling the story introduces Nicholas Courtney for the first time as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (who later returns as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart). The TARDIS narrowly avoids becoming engulfed in a cobwebby substance in space. It arrives in the London Underground railway system, the tunnels of which are being overrun by the web and by the Great Intelligence's robot Yeti. The time travellers learn this crisis was precipitated when Professor Travers accidentally caused one of the Yeti to be reactivated, opening the way for the Intelligence to invade again. The travellers work alongside army forces as they battle the alien menace, hampered by one of their number who has fallen under the Intelligence's influence and is a traitor in their midst. The Intelligence's goal is to drain the Second Doctor's mind. The Doctor sabotages the device with which it intends to achieve this, so he can drain the Intelligence's mind instead, but he is rescued by his friends before he can bring his plan to fruition. The Intelligence is repelled into space and the Doctor and his friends leave the army to clear up the mess.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1||The earliest available appearance of Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. The Doctor once again crosses paths with the robotic Yeti from the earlier Doctor Who adventure "The Abominable Snowmen”, and with the alien – the Great Intelligence - who controls the monsters. The adventure begins when the Doctor investigates some unusual activity in the contemporary London subway system - little realizing that there's more to this case than a few renegade commuters who refuse to pay their fare!||24:56||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||The Doctor discovers that an army of futuristic Yeti robots has been unleashed in the London subway system. It is all the handiwork of Professor Travers, who accidentally caused one of the dormant Yeti to be activated. Before the damage can be controlled, the Great Intelligence - who hopes to rule the world - again rears its ugly head.||24:36||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3||An army of Yeti robots runs amok in the London subway system, controlled by the alien Great Intelligence. To prevent this havoc from reaching the surface, the Doctor enlists the aid of the entire British Army. This episode has been reconstructed using stills and audio.||24:13||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||Col. Lethbridge-Stuart of the British Army leads a counterassault against the Yeti robots, which have taken over the London subway system. Meanwhile, the Great Intelligence steps up his plan to use the robots to conquer the world. To do this, he must first steal the intellect of the Doctor - who, understandably, isn't keen on having his mind drained.||24:54||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||The Great Intelligence continues to deploy his army of Yeti robots to take over London, and then the world. Fortunately, the villain's efforts to steal the mind of the Doctor have failed. But how can the Doctor turn the tables on the Great Intelligence, using the alien's villainous scheme for good instead of evil?||24:22||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6||In the conclusion of this six-part story, Col. Lethbridge-Stuart has successfully driven back the invasion of the Yeti robots. Even so, the Great Intelligence persists in his scheme to conquer the world with his robot army. It falls to the Doctor to try to foil the Intelligence, just as he did in the previous Dr. Who adventure "The Abominable Snowmen."||24:43||$1.99||View in iTunes|
After nearly 50 years!
I have to admit, even though I'm extremely familiar with this episode, I was still frightened by some of the Yeti scenes. This story is a great story overall, with an amazing set, amazing actors, and the first appearance of the popular character, the Brigadier (who is, in this episode, the Colonel).
The Great Intelligence and the Yeti
A very popular story returns after missing for 45 years. This tale is the center story for the Yeti as is told, much like Travers reunion with the Doctor, Victoria and Jamie, which had taken place 40 years previously in a Tibetan Monastery. They join forces with UNIT for the first time and meet Lethbridge-Stewart, who would later be remembered as The Brigadier. A 30th Anniversary story called Downtime, brings back Victoria who is in league with The Great Intelligence, and she is pitted against Sarah Jane Smith and the Brigadier.