Doctor Who (1963)

Season 15 Episode 9

Image of the Fendahl, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Oct 29, 1977 on BBC
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Image of the Fendahl, Part One
England, the late 1970s. At Fetch Priory, Dr Fendelman's experiments with the new Time Scanner are disrupted by the mysterious death nearby of a hiker. Then there's the mysterious skull, also being used as part of his work--a skull that seems to predate the evolution of mankind. What is the true role of the Fendahl in humanity's evolution?moreless

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    Daphne Heard

    Daphne Heard

    Martha Tyler

    Guest Star

    Edward Evans

    Edward Evans

    Ted Moss

    Guest Star

    Edward Arthur

    Edward Arthur

    Adam Colby

    Guest Star

    Wanda Ventham

    Wanda Ventham

    Thea Ransome

    Recurring Role

    Denis Lill

    Denis Lill

    Dr. Fendelman

    Recurring Role

    Scott Fredericks

    Scott Fredericks

    Maximilian Stael

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Adam: There's a corpse, by the wood!
        Dr. Fendelman: What sort of corpse?
        Adam: A dead one: what other sort is there?

      • Leela: Will he be all right?
        The Doctor: Shhh. I don't know. "It" will be all right. "It" just has a little corrosion in "its" circuits.
        Leela: I can call K-9 "he" if I want to. You call the TARDIS "she."
        The Doctor: Never!
        Leela: You do. I've heard you—you called it "she" just a moment ago. And another thing. It is quite clear to me that you cannot control this old machine either.
        The Doctor: What did you say, Leela?
        Leela: Leela said…
        The Doctor: I heard what you said.
        Leela: Then why ask?
        The Doctor: Leela, I understand the TARDIS perfectly. There's not one single part of her that I haven't adjusted or repaired at some time or another.
        Leela: Don't cry about it!

      • Leela: Can we get free?
        The Doctor: That depends on this misunderstood, unmanageable, old machine.
        Leela: I meant no disrespect!
        The Doctor: She's turning…
        Leela: I could have been mistaken!
        The Doctor: She's done it. Well done, old girl, you're wonderful. Wonderful. She's wonderful, isn't she wonderful? TARDIS, wonderful! [laughs]

      • Leela: Do we know which (planet) it is yet?
        The Doctor: Oh no, not that one!
        Leela: What one?
        The Doctor: Not there.
        Leela: Not where?
        The Doctor: Earth.
        Leela: Earth.
        The Doctor: Yes. Your ancestors have a talent for self-destruction that borders on the genius.
        Leela: Listen, Doctor, I do not like the way you keep talking about my ancestors.
        The Doctor: I like your new dress.
        Leela: Thank you.

      • Leela: Come on then!
        The Doctor: No no. The one who leads says come on. Come on!

      • Miss Tyler: There isn't a dog born that's attack me, boy. They've got more sense then most people.
        David Mitchell: Now I can see why they burn witches.
        Adam Colby: Cheaper than oil.

      • Leela: There's a guard. I shall kill him.
        The Doctor: No.
        Leela: Why not?
        The Doctor: You'll upset the dog. Listen, Leela, you simply must stop attacking people.
        Leela: Why?
        The Doctor: Because you'll get us into trouble.
        Leela: Do not worry, Doctor, I shall protect you.
        The Doctor: What? You'll protect me?

      • Ted Moss: You've both escaped from somewhere, haven't you?
        The Doctor: Frequently.

      • Leela: He came armed and silent.
        Doctor: You must have been sent by Providence.
        Ted Moss: No, I was sent by the council to cut the verges.
        Leela: Your council should choose its warriors more carefully. A child of the Sevateem could have taken you.

      • The Doctor: You know, I don't think these cows know anything about a time scanner.

    • NOTES (6)

      • DVD: Doctor Who: Image of the Fendahl (BBCDVD 1820) released in April 2009.

        Video: Doctor Who: Image of the Fendahl (BBCV 4941) released in March 1993. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1321) in June 1996.

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Image of the Fendahl by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 20077 2) first published by W H Allen in 1979.

      • This is the first episode in air order where Leela gets her new whiter tunic.

      • One last trip to Mick Jagger's house at Stargrove Manor to film the exteriors.

      • This story was written before it was known that K-9 would be joining the series on a regular basis. An incapacitating bout of circuit fatigue restricts its appearances to brief cameos at the beginning and end of the story.

      • Louise Jameson had an unauthorised haircut prior to the recording of this story, hence her change of 'do'.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)