4V. Doctor Who - Horror Of Fang Rock

Season Fifteen

Script Editor: Robert Holmes; Writer: Terrance Dicks; Produced by: Graham Williams; Director: Paddy Russell; Designer: Paul Allen; Incidental Music: Dudley Simpson;

The TARDIS materialises on the island of Fang Rock off the coast of England at the turn of the twentieth century. The Doctor and Leela take shelter in a lighthouse where the keepers are just getting used to the newly installed electricity.

One of the keepers, Vince, sees a bright object fall from the sky. Later another keeper, Ben, disappears. His body is discovered behind a piece of machinery - electrocuted.

As the fog descends a small ship runs aground, and the crew seek shelter inside the lighthouse. More people die before the Doctor realises that what Vince saw was a Rutan scout, and that the Rutan has changed its form to that of Rueben.

The crew of the shipwreck had in their possession a diamond which the Doctor used in conjunction with the electric lamp to create a laser to destroy the Rutan craft, after first mortaring the Rutan itself.

Regular cast

Leela: Louise Jameson;

Guest cast

Reuben: Colin Douglas; Vince Hawkins: John Abbott; Ben: Ralph Watson (1); Skinsale: Alan Rowe (2-4); Adelaide Lesage: Annette Woollett (2-4); Lord Henry Palmerdale: Sean Caffrey (2-4); Harker: Rio Fanning (2-3);
Uncredited cast: Voice of the Rutan: Colin Douglas;

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Position
BBC 1454Part OneSat 3 September 19776:15 pm - 6:40 pm6.8M52nd
BBC 1455Part TwoSat 10 September 19776:15 pm - 6:40 pm7.1M51st
BBC 1456Part ThreeSat 17 September 19776:15 pm - 6:40 pm9.8M23rd
BBC 1457Part FourSat 24 September 19776:15 pm - 6:40 pm9.9M23rd

Outside filming

This programme does not have any outside filming

Studio filming

Ealing Film Studios; Pebble Mill;

Bloopers and mistakes

This programme has no bloopers or mistakes. It's probably not perfect, just that they haven't been found or pointed out yet.

Notes and trivia

This story was filmed at Pebble Mill in Birmingham, the first time that studios outside of London were used for Doctor Who.

Leela's eyes change colour from brown to Louise Jameson's normal blue due to a laser blast. Until this programme Louise had been wearing coloured contact lenses.

Working titles

The Monster of Fang Rock; The Beast of Fang Rock; The Rocks of Doom;