Doctor Who: The Web of Fear (1968)

UK, 3 February -9 March 1968
25m
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World (1967)
Next Serial: Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep (1968)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 5, episodes 23-28

A British television science fiction serial directed by Douglas Camfield. It is a sequel to The Abominable Snowmen (1967), featuring the return of the yeti, and Professor Edward Travers. It also saw the first appearance of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (here still a colonel) played by Nicholas Courtney who had previously appeared as Bret Vyon in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965). On 10 October 2013 the BBC announced that all but one of the previously missing episodes had been recovered by Philip Morris of Television International Enterprises and Archives Ltd from an archive in Jos, Nigeria.

Plot Summary

After narrowly avoiding being trapped in a web-like substance in space, the materialises in a Underground station also being overrun by the web and by the robotic Yeti. It seems that forty years after first met him, Professor Travers has accidentally revived one of the Yeti, allowing the Great Intelligence to attempt another invasion. The crew of the TARDIS team up with the to fight the alien menace.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Director: Douglas Camfield
BBC
Producer: Peter Bryant
Script: Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln
Story Editor: Derrick Sherwin
Studio Lighting: Clive Leighton
Film Camera: Alan Jonas, Jimmy Court
Film Editors: Philip Barnikel, Colin Hobson
Title Music by: Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire *
Sound: Ray Angel
Special Sound: Brian Hodgson *
Costumes: Martin Baugh
Make-up: Sylvia James
Visual Effects: Ron Oates
Designer: David Myerscough-Jones
Production Assistant: Gareth Gwenlan *
Assistant Floor Manager: Roselyn Parker *
Technical Coordinator: Geoff Shaw [uncredited except on Episode Six when he's credited as Lighting]
Fight Arranger: Derek Ware *

Cast
Episode 1
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Frazer Hines ()
Deborah Watling ()
Jack Watling (Professor Edward Travers)
Tina Packer (Anne Travers)
Frederick Shrecker (Julius Silverstein)
Rod Beacham (Corporal Lane)
Richardson Morgan (Corporal Blake)
Ralph Watson (Captain Knight)
Jon Rollason (Harold Chorley)
Jack Woolgar (Staff Sergeant Arnold)
Stephen Whittaker (Craftsman Weams)
Bernard G High (soldier)
John Levene, Gordon Stothard, Colin Warman (Yeti)

Episode 2
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield)
Jack Watling (Professor Edward Travers)
Tina Packer (Anne Travers)
Rod Beacham (Corporal Lane)
Richardson Morgan (Corporal Blake)
Ralph Watson (Captain Knight)
Jon Rollason (Harold Chorley)
Jack Woolgar (Staff Sergeant Arnold)
Stephen Whittaker (Craftsman Weams)
John Levene, John Lord, Gordon Stothard, Jeremy King (Yeti)
Joseph O'Connell (soldier)
Derek Pollitt (Driver Evans)

Episode 3
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield)
Jack Watling (Professor Edward Travers)
Tina Packer (Anne Travers)
Rod Beacham (Corporal Lane)
Richardson Morgan (Corporal Blake)
Ralph Watson (Captain Knight)
Jon Rollason (Harold Chorley)
Jack Woolgar (Staff Sergeant Arnold)
Stephen Whittaker (Craftsman Weams)
Jeremy King (Yeti)
Derek Pollitt (Driver Evans)
Nicholas Courtney (Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart)

Episode 4
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield)
Jack Watling (Professor Edward Travers)
Tina Packer (Anne Travers)
Rod Beacham (Corporal Lane)
Richardson Morgan (Corporal Blake)
Ralph Watson (Captain Knight)
Jack Woolgar (Staff Sergeant Arnold)
John Levene, John Lord, Gordon Stothard, Colin Warman (Yeti)
Derek Pollitt (Driver Evans)
Nicholas Courtney (Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart)

Episode 5
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield)
Jack Watling (Professor Edward Travers)
Tina Packer (Anne Travers)
Jack Woolgar (Staff Sergeant Arnold)
John Levene, Gordon Stothard (Yeti) Derek Pollitt (Driver Evans)
Nicholas Courtney (Colonel Lethbride-Stewart)

Episode 6
Patrick Troughton (Dr Who)
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield)
Jack Watling (Professor Edward Travers)
Tina Packer (Anne Travers)
Jon Rollason (Harold Chorley)
Jack Woolgar (Staff Sergeant Arnold)
John Levene, John Lord, Gordon Stothard, Roger Jacombs (Yeti)
Derek Pollitt (Driver Evans)
Nicholas Courtney (Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart)

Uncredited
Colin Warman [Yeti – in Episode Two]
Jeremy King [Yeti – in Episode Four]
Bert Sims [dead newspaper seller]
Peter Adams, Maurice Brooks, Tim Condren, David Hacquet, James Jordan, Philip Ryan [soldiers]
Douglas Kirk, Derek Martin, Terry Walsh [extras]

See also
Syvia James in Conversation (2009)

References

Books
: The Handbook: The by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers, Stephen James Walker – credits, synopsis, review
Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.141-144 – credits, synopsis, review