4 Beware the glowing skull!HumanLeaguefan | 06/03/2009 | See all HumanLeaguefan's reviews (218)Top 100 Reviewer Top 100 DVD Reviewer Top 100 Music Reviewer Top 100 Books Reviewer 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!