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 castLeela: Louise Jameson;
Guest castReuben: 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;
|BBC 1||454||Part One||Sat 3 September 1977||6:15 pm - 6:40 pm||6.8M||52nd|
|BBC 1||455||Part Two||Sat 10 September 1977||6:15 pm - 6:40 pm||7.1M||51st|
|BBC 1||456||Part Three||Sat 17 September 1977||6:15 pm - 6:40 pm||9.8M||23rd|
|BBC 1||457||Part Four||Sat 24 September 1977||6:15 pm - 6:40 pm||9.9M||23rd|
This programme does not have any outside 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.
The Monster of Fang Rock; The Beast of Fang Rock; The Rocks of Doom;