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Horror of Fang Rock

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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 7/29/16 5:36 pm
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As night descends, fiendish creatures attempt to imitate something greater than themselves...
Of course, I'm talking about the Horror of Fang Rock and not Graham Williams' picking up the mantle of the Hinchcliffe era! Robert Holmes maintains his role as script editor; Paddy Russell returns to direct and Terrance Dicks returns to pen. The dialogue occasionally fizzles (particularly episode three), but from the mouths of some dependable character archetypes, the fireworks of TOWC aren't quite here. Similar gripes can be levied at the direction - great, but nothing exceptional. Lighting - great, but not quite Talons.
Paul Cornell praised Horror of Fang Rock for its expertly slick script, with every mcguffin playing a vital role and every character holding a deeper seated motivation, dovetailing and revealing more as the serial ramps up the suspense.
This is why I'd hold back from giving HOFR a glowing 10/10 simply because whilst superb, its very much an afterglow of the Hinchcliffe & Holmes magic. Everything works superbly, but there's no sense of radical spirit - trying something new and daring.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/4/15 7:39 pm
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A perfectly weighted story with a death count to rival anything from the Saward era. Using the diamond with the lighthouse light to destroy the Rutan ship is like using a lighter and deodorant to flame a fly out the air.

"That is the empty rhetoric of a dictator, and I don't like your face either."

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Reviewed By: VidaReview Date: 8/2/15 3:37 am
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This just gets sweeter with time. A great, atmospheric tale with fun characters and some stellar moments for companion Leela. It doesn't preach, it has little or no political agenda, it has some great intentional (Leela's efforts to get Ruban to leave his room) and unintentional (the green jello in a plastic bag alien) comedy but it was FUN, something Doctor Who forgets to be a lot these days.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/6/15 9:45 am
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Season 15 of Doctor Who kicks off with this atmospheric story which finds the Doctor and Leela landing near an abandoned lighthouse where there are strange goings on beginning with the death of an engineer. In some ways, this feels like a continuation of the Hinchcliffe era as there are so many classic horror elements at work here. While there are some stereotypical characters and some so-so-so effects, this is an enjoyable and solid Fourth Doctor story.