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The Hand of Fear

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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 10/15/17 1:18 am
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The Hand of Fear starts off really interesting, the quarry blowing up with the Doctor and Sarah being in it does start the story off with a bang (pun intended :P ). The story feels very long as their isn't too much plot; hand absorbs radiation for about 3 episodes, then they take it home and it dies.
This isn't worthy of being Sarah's last story, but nonetheless both Tom and Liz Sladen put in great performances.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/2/15 9:46 am
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While this isn't one of the Best Doctor Who stories, it is certainly an entertaining and solidly produced story. It never feels padded and it has a nice selection of settings (although the nuclear power plant from late one to mid-part three is the most memorable location.) The idea of a hand that moves on its own is creepy and done to decent effect.

However, it's the acting that really holds this together . Elizabeth Sladen has some great moments in her last regular outing as Sarah Jane Smith and Tom Baker is in top form. The supporting cast also turned in some stand out performances. Glyn Houston took what would usually be throw away role as a bureaucrat in charge of a nuclear power plant and instead created a character viewers cared about. Judith Paris was superb as the first version of Eldrad.

The farewell scene between the Doctor and Sarah Jane was very classy and understated with some very nice subtle emotional touches that don't go to excess.

The serial's weak point was its resolution of the Eldrad plot which wasn't very satisfying. Still, the journey was fun, and is a great serial to watch for fans of Sarah Jane Smith.