Doctor Who (1963)

Season 26 Episode 8

The Curse of Fenric, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Oct 25, 1989 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • Deliberate Error: Millington has a muostache. Army regulations at the time would have forbidden this. However, it is possible that he is given some leeway in his effort to imitate the Germans.

    • Anachronism: The teddy bear Kethleen's baby has was not manufactured until the 1980s.

    • Plot Hole: The Russian soldiers say they will return home via Norway. This would be unlikely as Norway was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1943.

    • Anachronism: Jean and Phyllis reference Jane Russell. It is highly unlikely they would have known who she was as her first film was not released to the general public until 1946 owing to censorship.

    • Factual Error: In 1943, the signposts visible in the episode would have been removed or pointed in the wrong direction to thwart invading soldiers.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fenric by Ian Briggs (ISBN 0 426 20348 8) first published by W H Allen in 1990.

    • DVD: Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric (BBCDVD 1154) released in October 2003. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1993) in June 2004. The release includes both the original episodes as broadcast, and a re-edited omnibus version with 12 minutes of new footage and new special effects.

      Video: Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric (BBCV 4453) released in February 1991. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1099) in January 1992. The release included six additional minutes of footage.

    • The working titles for this serial were Powerplay, Black Rain, Wolf-Time and The Wolves of Fenric.

  • Allusions

    • Alan Turing: According to Ian Briggs, the character of Judson is somewhat based on this real-life WW2 genius, who cracked the ENIGMA code. Turing's homosexuality was considered a disability by the British government and finds a parallel in Judson's physical handicap.

    • ULTIMA: Dr. Judson's decryption device is named after two real-life World War II encryption mechanisms. ENIGMA was the code the Germans used throughout the war while ULTRA was the code-name given to the British decrypts of the ENIGMA signals.