BBCDVD 1820 Doctor Who - Image of the Fendahl by Chris Boucher

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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 1820
TitleDoctor Who - Image of the Fendahl
Artist(s)Chris Boucher
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label code-
Item deleted?Yes
Distributed / printed by2 entertain
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesA0101147018-A911 03
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1Image of the Fendahl - Part 124.41
A2Image of the Fendahl - Part 224.46
A3Image of the Fendahl - Part 324.24
A4Image of the Fendahl - Part 420.35
A5Radio Times billings listings for this story [PDF file]
A6After image cast and crew look back at the making of this story26.21
A7Deleted and extended scenes material originally cut from Image of the Fendahl is presented here courtsey of a low-quality monochrome video recording11.28
A9Radio Times billings listings for this story [PDF file]
A10Photo gallery5.36
Total length of media 2:18:12.


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Tom Baker
Louise Jameson
Wanda Ventham
Edward Arthur

Written by

Chris Boucher

Produced by

Graham Williams

Directed by

George Spenton-Foster


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 ...


Doctor Who's gothic period drew towards its natural end with Image of the Fendahl. With Graham Williams incumbent as Producer for the Fifteenth Season, the overall focus of the programme started to shift towards new methods of storytelling. However, the final script to be edited by Robert Holmes contains many signature gothic trademarks; a haunted priory and its grounds, an innocent woman plagued by nightmare visions, and the psychological and physical terrors of the supernatural.

Writer Chris Boucher, unaware of the increased production demands that night-time shooting entails, set much of the story's action in the dark. Rather than alter the story's focus, William hired the expertise of veteran director George Spenton-Foster. In keeping with the nature of the subject material, the story experiments with the use of shadow, the earthy sound effects ad unexpected camera angles. The incidental music provided by Dudley Simpson is kept to a minimum in the rarly episodes, then rises to a crescendo as thwe tension mounts.

In the future, Doctor Who narratives would switch in tone from Victorian horror ro parody and pastiche. However, as the swansong for the show's gothic period, Image of the Fendahl also stands as one of its finest examples.

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