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The Forest of Fear 

Old Mother frees the Doctor and the others on condition they will leave the tribe and not make fire.The group attempt to return to the TARDIS but Za and Hur follow them.

Directors:

Waris Hussein, Douglas Camfield (uncredited)

Writers:

Anthony Coburn, David Whitaker (story editor)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Old Mother
Alethea Charlton Alethea Charlton ... Hur
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Za
Jeremy Young ... Kal
Howard Lang ... Horg
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Old Mother frees the Doctor and the others on condition they will leave the tribe and not make fire.The group attempt to return to the TARDIS but Za and Hur follow them.

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This episode was watched by 6.9 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

Goofs

The great stone is evidently made of sculpted polystyrene. The stone can be seen to wobble after being touched and at one point squeaks as Za attempts to move it. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Who: You seem to have elected yourself leader of this little party.
Ian Chesterton: There isn't time to vote on it.
Dr. Who: Just as long as you understand that I won't follow your orders blindly.
Ian Chesterton: If there were only two of us, you could find your own way back to the ship.
Dr. Who: Aren't you a tiresome young man?
Ian Chesterton: And you're a stubborn old man. But you will lead. The girls in between and I'll bring up the rear. Because that's the safest way.
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Something about fire wasn't it...
28 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The TARDIS crew are all in the hands of the primitives, imprisoned in the cave of skulls, a disturbing area adorned with battered skulls. The crew are released by an old woman not wishing fire to be made. Whilst out Za is savaged by a beast and Ian helps him. Kal discovers the old woman has released the TARDIS crew and kills her, he then tricks the other cave dwellers into believing Za has released the prisoners and killed the old woman, seizing the mantle of leader.

The Doctor is almost cold in this episode, he definitely mellowed as series one went on. He's particularly frosty, almost nasty in this part.

Eileen Way plays the old woman, a noted actress that would return in 1979 to appear as Karela in Tom Baker's story the Creature from the pit.

It's a little bit of a plodder, but it's enjoyable enough, it's a pity for the first full story they hadn't chosen something a wee bit more exciting.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1963 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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