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Doctor Who: Image Of The Fendahl

Released on 20 April 2009

Featuring: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson & Edward Arthur

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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A sonic time scan draws the TARDIS to the Fetch Priory on Earth. There, the Doctor and Leela discover an impossibly old human skull that is the key to a nightmare from the Time Lords' past.

A murderous monster stalks the priory grounds; and within, someone is intent on unleashing a malevolent creature that feeds on death itself...
This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 29th October - 19th November 1977


  • Commentary by Tom Baker [The Doctor], Louise Jameson [Leela], Wanda Ventham [Thea Ransome] and Edward Arthur [Adam Colby]
  • After Image Cast and crew look back at the making of this story, featuring Anthony Read (Script Editor) and Colin Mapson (Visual Effects Designer)
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes Material originally cut from Image of the Fendahl is presented here courtesy of a low-quality monochrome video recording
  • Trailer The original BBC1 trailer from 1977
  • Radio Times Billings Listings for this story presented in a PDF file [DVD-ROM - PC/Mac]
  • Photo Gallery
  • Coming Soon Trailer
  • Production Information Subtitles
  • Easter Egg
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

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 Average rating (8 reviews)

 Beware the glowing skull!

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Arguably the 'classic series' last successful stab at Gothic horror this tale from 'Blake's 7'/'Star Cops' writer Chris Boucher has a lot going for it. Dominating proceedings is the over ebullient Denis Lill whom in my opinion excels as research leader Doctor Fendelman. Credit is also due to Scott Fredericks nice and nasty character Max Stael whilst cult TV star Wanda Ventham is a worthy but all to brief story contributor as scientific assistant Thea Ransome. I love the initial comedic scene when the Doctor and Leela encounter council workman Ted Moss shortly after materialising in the nearby countryside. There's also inadvertent humour when Leela 'saves the Doctor's life' whilst our series lead is painfully in direct contact with the mysterious 12-million-year old glowing skull, a key tense sequence in this story. Jack and his aged mother Martha Tyler are certainly marvellous rustic character creations whom successfully define the local hatred and suspicion of Fendalman and his teams scientific endeavours. Leela interacts well with the Tyler's especially with the frightened old lady which hints to viewers of her life with the Seveteem before she began her travels with the Doctor. Apparently Louise and Tom are joined by Wanda and Edward Arthur (whom played Colby) sitting around the commentary mics for a title which judging by what's been confirmed as additional features makes this a fairly slim 'standard edition' release. The main bonus items weigh in with an "After Image" 'making of' item of about 26 mins, about 11 ½ mins of deleted & extended scenes and a 5 ½ min photo gallery. Definitely one of my favourite Tom Baker stories and I strongly recommend nabbing this great contemporary tale of spooky goings on at a rustic country house!

 Excellent

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To be honest this is the one of the only great tales of Graham Williams' time as producer (the other two being Horror of Fang Rock and City of Death).

A very atmospheric tale and even though the Fendahleen will probably be laughed at by some of the newer Doctor Who viewers we old school fans can suspend our disbelief.

It's also an interesting combination of guest stars as well. Dennis Lill and Wanda Ventham went on to play Cassandra's mum and dad in Only Fools and Horses.

Highly recommended!

 Golden Girls and Glowing skulls!

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A good story made just before the Tom Baker got silly. Any programme which features Wanda Ventham covered in gold make-up gets my vote!

 Great gothic often overlooked Who gem!

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Really glad this title has been released - first saw this in the late 90's and was impressed by its atmosphere and colourful supporting characters. The Tom Baker/Leela chemistry is great as is the novel take on a Who creature/villain. Fun commentary and interviews help contribute to a worthy addition to your Who collection

 A real classic

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A real Tom Baker classic. The story is well written and very well acted. Tom Baker as always is brilliant as the Doctor.
The directing and production on Image of the Fendahl is excellent and its a real treat to watch.
A real must have for all classic Doctor Who fans.

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ActorsTom Baker, Louise Jameson, Edward Arthur, Derek Martin, Denis Lill, Graham Simpson, Geoffrey Hinsliff, Daphne Heard, Scott Fredericks, Edward Evans & Wanda Ventham
DirectorGeorge Spenton-Foster
CertificatePG
Year1977
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby (2.0) Stereo
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Duration1 hour and 34 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.