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Doctor Who (1963)

Season 15 Episode 4

Horror of Fang Rock, Part Four

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Sep 24, 1977 on BBC
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Episode Summary

The Rutan starts picking off the surviving humans one by one as the Doctor and Leela struggle to defeat not only the alien but an entire fleet waiting to occupy Earth.

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    Sean Caffrey

    Sean Caffrey

    Lord Palmerdale

    Guest Star

    Annette Woollett

    Annette Woollett


    Guest Star

    John Abbott (II)

    John Abbott (II)


    Guest Star

    Colin Douglas

    Colin Douglas


    Recurring Role

    Alan Rowe

    Alan Rowe


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Leela: Enjoy your death as I enjoyed killing you.

      • The Doctor: Remember, Leela. Don't fire until you see the green of its tentacles.

      • The Doctor: What are you doing in this part of the Galaxy, anyway?
        Rutan: That doesn't concern you. You are to be destroyed.
        The Doctor: Got it! You're at last losing that interminable war with the Sontarans.
        Rutan: That is a lie!
        The Doctor: Is it? You used to control the whole of the Mutter's Spiral once. Now the Sontarans have driven you to the far fringes of the Galaxy.
        Rutan: The glorious Rutan army is making a series of strategic withdrawals to selected strongpoints.
        The Doctor: Rutan, that's the empty rhetoric of a defeated dictator and I don't like your face either.
        Rutan: Your mockery will end with your race, Earthling.

      • The Doctor [quoting from The Ballad of Flannan Isle by Wilfred Gibson]:

        Ay, though we hunted high and low
        And hunted everywhere,
        Of the three men's fate we found no trace
        Of any kind in any place
        But a door ajar and an untouched meal
        And an overtoppled chair.

    • NOTES (3)

      • There are NO survivors at the end of this episode (except for The Doctor and Leela, of course).

      • The Rutans were first mentioned in Season 11's The Time Warrior, as the eternal enemies of the Sontarans.

      • Louise Jameson's contract was up for negotiation at the end of the previous season, and she only agreed to stay on provided she no longer had to wear her brown contact lenses, hence the (rather improbable) change in her eye colour at the end of the episode.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)