4X. Doctor Who - Image Of The Fendahl

Season Fifteen

  • Script Editor: Robert Holmes
  • Writer: Chris Boucher
  • Produced by: Graham Williams
  • Director: George Spenton-Foster
  • Designer: Anna Ridley
  • Incidental Music: Dudley Simpson

4X. Doctor Who - Image Of The Fendahl

A human skull is found by archaeologists. To determine its age it is subjected to a time scanner experiment and found to be over twelve million years old. The TARDIS is drawn to Earth by the Time scanner.

The skull is an artefact of Fendhal, an ancient creature that feeds of the life-force of others. Using Thea Ransome, who is unaware she is a medium, the entity is able to materialise on Earth.

Thea is eventually transformed into the Fendahl, and a group of acolytes assembled by black arts practitioner Maxillian Stael are transformed into the Fendahleen.

The Doctor is able to show the surviving people how to protect themselves using rock salt. Using the time scanner to cause an implosion the Doctor destroys the Fendhal. He and Leela take the skull to be jettisoned near a supernova.

Regular Cast

  • Leela: Louise Jameson
  • Voice of K-9: John Leeson

Cast

  • Thea Ransome: Wanda Ventham
  • Professor Adam Colby: Edward Arthur
  • Martha Tyler: Daphne Heard
  • Ted Moss: Edward Evans
  • Maximillan Stael: Scott Fredericks
  • Doctor Fendahlman: Dennis Lill (1-3)
  • David Mitchell: Derek Martin (1-2)
  • Hiker: Graham Simpson (1)
  • Jack Tyler: Geoffrey Hinsliff (2-4)
  • Coven Member: Geoffrey Witherick (2)
Uncredited:
  • Security Guards: David Elliott (2), Roy Pearce (2)
  • Coven Members: (all 3-4) John Emms, Jay McGrath, Douglas Stark
  • Fendahl Core: Wanda Ventham (4)

Showings on the BBC

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 462 Part One 29 October 1977 18:10 - 18:35 6.7M
BBC 1 463 Part Two 05 November 1977 18:10 - 18:35 7.5M 75%
BBC 1 464 Part Three 12 November 1977 18:05 - 18:30 7.9M
BBC 1 465 Part Four 19 November 1977 18:10 - 18:35 9.1M 61%

Locations

Outside Locations

  • Stargroves, East End, nr. Newbury, Hants

Studios

  • Television Centre Studio 6

Notes

Bloopers

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Notes

  • John Leeson's K-9 voice is not heard in this story, although the K-9 prop appears in Parts One and Four.

Working titles

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