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;

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;

Guest 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 cast: Security Guards: David Elliott (2), Roy Pearce (2); Coven Members: (all 3-4) John Emms, Jay McGrath, Douglas Stark; Fendahl Core: Wanda Ventham (4);

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Position
BBC 1462Part OneSat 29 October 19776:10 pm - 6:35 pm6.7M70th
BBC 1463Part TwoSat 5 November 19776:10 pm - 6:35 pm7.5M64th
BBC 1464Part ThreeSat 12 November 19776:05 pm - 6:30 pm7.9M63rd
BBC 1465Part FourSat 19 November 19776:10 pm - 6:35 pm9.1M46th

Outside filming

Stargroves, East End, nr. Newbury, Hants;

Studio filming

Television Centre Studio 6;

Bloopers and mistakes

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Notes and trivia

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

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