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Horror of Fang Rock

A mysterious light in the sky, an unnatural glow in the ocean and a thick fog bring terror to the lighthouse keepers of Fang Rock. When the Doctor and Leela arrive, the first death has already cast doubt on the safety of the lighthouse. But the Doctor discovers something more terrifying and evil than he could have imagined.

-- from the DVD release, 2005

The start of the Graham Williams era, this classic tale provided a solid entry into the sixth year of regular DVD releases.

Episode timings on DVD: 24'12", 24'11", 23'14", 23'48"
Episode timings on PasC: 24'10", 24'10", 23'12", 23'49"


VHS releases

06/07/1998: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCV6536
09/11/1998: Aus/NZ - Roadshow Entertainment - B00311 [not pictured]
02/03/2000: US - CBS/Fox - 0129 [renumbered in 2000 by WHV to E1018]

Cover by Black Sheep.

DVD releases

17/01/2005: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCDVD1356
??/04/2005: Aus/NZ - Roadshow Entertainment - Cat# Unknown
09/06/2005: US - Warner Home Video - E2317

Cover by Clayton Hickman for UK/Aus.

DVD Bonus features

Terrance Dicks: Fact & Fiction (36'10")
Terrance Dicks and his colleagues and fans look back over his career.
  • Barry Letts explains how he was thrown into Doctor Who and found Dicks waiting for him - Dicks explains his origins and talks to us about The War Games, Mac Hulke and his disbelief when people describe it as classic television.
  • Louis Marks speaks of his love of Dicks' sense of humour that he injected into Day of the Daleks amongst others.
  • Letts and Dicks remind us that Doctor Who was a collaboration and then go on to cover the creation of The Master.
  • Dicks believes rewrites are "nonsense" -  Marks shares his thoughts on the matter.
  • Dicks and Letts discuss a "low budget" sequence in Ambassadors of Death that included a helicopter.
  • Dicks explains why he nearly always shied away from the producers job.
  • We look at the 1985 version of Oliver Twist and Dicks' contribution.
  • Peter Darvill-Evans introduces the Target novelisations, and tells us about Dicks' work on them. Brenda Gardner joins Dicks to explain why. Gardner also tells us about Dicks' writing career outside Who.
  • Darvill-Evans then introduces the New Adventures and tells us why he courted Dicks to write one of the earliest.
  • Paul Cornell gives us his thoughts on Dicks' writing style.
  • Christopher Barry covers Robot and The Brain of Morbius, which Dicks gives us his thoughts on, and working with Robert Holmes.
  • Dicks then explains how Horror of Fang Rock came about, as a quick replacement for the postponed State of Decay.
  • Cornell tells us why Horror of Fang Rock is such a classic and Dicks chats with him about why he decided to make the enemy into the Rutan.
  • Eric Saward moves us onto the subject of The Five Doctors and why he approached Dicks.
  • Cornell asks Dicks about the classic lines such as "Chap with wings, there, five rounds rapid." and regenerating the Doctor in Planet of the Spiders before going on to emphasise just what an impact he had - something which Marks, Saward and Letts agree with.
  • Letts asks Dicks how he'd like to be remembered. "Professional" is the answer.

Featuring: Terrance Dicks, Barry Letts, Christopher Barry, Paul Cornell, Peter Darvill-Evans, Brenda Gardner, Louis Marks, Eric Saward
Lighting Cameraman: Clive Gill
Sound: Neil Papworth
Research: David J Howe
Editor: Anastasia Stylianou
With Thanks to Aimee Ashwell, Andrew Martin, Jason May, Ed Strading
Produced & Directed by Keith Barnfather
BBC Worldwide


Paddy Russell - A Life in Television (14'03")
An interview with the director. She explains how she first got into television, and goes on to talk about Mother Courage and her Children, controlling the studio floor "like a man", The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Pyramids of Mars (and working with Tom Baker), Horror of Fang Rock (she was initially set to work on State of Decay), the design of the Rutan, Tom and Louise Jameson's relationship and how lucky she feels about her career.
Paddy Russell was Interviewed by Martin Wiggins
Produced by Paul Vanezis
Made in Birmingham
BBC Worldwide

The Antique Doctor Who Show

Information Text

By Richard Molesworth
Photo Gallery ('3'29")
20 colour and b/w photos, and 27 frames from the storyboard.
With Louise Jameson, John Abbot and Terrance Dicks.

Restoration Notes

The D3 copies of the original quads created in the mid-90s were used as the basis of this release: After being run through the transform PAL decoder, dropouts were cleaned up with Scratchbox and the credit sequences recreated. Mark Ayres, as usual, provided an audio restoration. A radio aerial that was cropped originally because of CSO effects was recreated via CGI.


02/07/1998 - Passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
03/08/1998 - Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
28/10/2004 - Bonuses passed  as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
09/12/2004 - Menus passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
25/01/2005 - Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ

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