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The Web of Fear
Doctor Who, episode 41 (5.5)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:28:58
The Yeti invade the London Underground. Peak hour chaos.
The TARDIS narrowly avoids becoming engulfed in a web-like substance in space. It then 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 that this crisis was precipitated when Professor Travers, whom they first met in the Himalayas some forty years earlier, accidentally caused one of the Yeti to be reactivated, opening the way for the Intelligence to make another invasion attempt.
The travellers work alongside army forces - led initially by Captain Knight and then by Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart - as they battle against the alien menace, hampered by the fact that one of their number has fallen under the Intelligence's influence and is a traitor in their midst.
The Intelligence's ultimate aim is to drain the Doctor's mind. The Doctor manages to sabotage the device with which it intends to achieve this, so that 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.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:48:41
Dark and gloomy underground tunnels... cobwebs... engulfing mist... the feeling of being hunted by a relentless foe that will kill you when it catches you. All the stuff of nightmares, and all found in The Web of Fear.
Doctor Who has, at its best, a quality that makes the viewer accept what he or she is seeing without questioning it. The combination of Yeti and web in this story really makes no sense at all. Why should the Yeti have web-guns? 'Why not?' is the viewer's resounding reply, and...
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