So. I've finished watching the Web of Fear. 9/10. I've listened to the tale several times (most recently last year) so I'm familiar with the plot. Still, it felt new. Being able to see all the different sets and actors is such a thrill. And the Yeti!! So exciting. We see a young Lethbridge-Stewart. One can't help but be transfixed at seeing the beginnings of such an iconic character (it's a similar feeling to watching Bret Vyon in the Daleks' Master Plan. Some people refer to it as a 'who-dunnit' in the sense of who's the lackey of the Great Intelligence. The suspense of that was ruined for me by reading the booklet which came with the audio CD. If I didn't know then I wouldn't have guessed Arnold. I wouldn't have a clue who to pick. With the exception of the cowardly Evans, there is no prime suspect. Not even Chorley. And with characters disappearing and reappearing it's impossible to be able to get a good guess.
On audio the sets look immaculate. I think that's why I love Marco Polo so much. I wonder if I'd enjoy that story as much if I watched it and the endless desert became a couple of caravans and a backdrop in a studio. So what about the Web of Fear? Well, the sets are just as good on the tele as they are in your head. So they do not let the story down. Good work, set designers!!
I don't know. I'm not good at writing reviews. If you wanted to read one, then you'll find better elsewhere on the internet. But if you haven't brought the DVD yet (or bought the story on iTunes) then do it now! It's not worth waiting another couple of years in case they re-release it with episode 3 animated and with some special features. It's so brilliant that it should be b