There's a mysterious Norse curse at work that threatens
to be just as destructive as the rain of death falling from
the skies. WWII is in full swing and the Nazi war machine
is at full strength but even it pales in comparison to a far
more sinister menace, the Curse of Fenric. Can the Doctor
and Ace put the genie back in the bottle or will an ancient
evil, resurrected from the deep, destroy the world?...
Curse of Fenric is rare for a JNT-helmed Doctor Who
story; it's a well directed and well designed drama with genuine
adult pretensions that isn't beset with daft casting. Unfortunately,
the plot is totally unfathomable, weighed down with layers
of mystic gibberish and much portentous posturing. If only
the game of chess could have been played out on a beach in
black and white in a Seventh Seal style. If only someone
had said early on in the production: "But what's it all about?"
No one did and what we're left with is a plot that would really
like to be clever but which, on closer inspection, is more
Dungeons and Dragons than deep and meaningful.
discs, however, are first rate. Nice extras and tidy image
and sound quality really enhance the viewing experience, especially
on disc two where an extended edit of the story is given a
very impressive revamp. The six channel audio is amongst the
best you'll hear, especially for a TV show, and the re-edit
does add to the narrative structure although Fenric
still really doesn't make much sense despite the additional
than The Two Doctors, which really was a poor choice
of story, Curse of Fenric is still one for fans only.
And more worryingly, 2004's DVD titles also appear to be playing
to the minority market. Ghostlight anyone? No, thought
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