on 20th century Earth Sarah finds a fossilized hand. It is in fact the
hand of Eldrad, a Kastrian criminal executed by his own race. Eldrad's
hand forces Sarah to go inside a nuclear research station, where it regenerates
itself by absorbing the energy released in an explosion. To save Earth
from Eldrad's powers, the Doctor is forced to take him back to Kastria.
But in the 150 million year interval since Eldrad's execution Kastria's
civilisation has ended. Eldrad attempts to regenerate his race but fails
because of the measures taken centuries ago by King Rokon as a precaution
against Eldrad's possible return. The Doctor and Sarah leave Kastria,
abandoning Eldrad to his solitary fate. The Doctor receives a telepathic
summons from Gallifrey and much to her dismay has to say goodbye to Sarah.
The Doctor: Tom
Sarah Jane Smith:
Rokon: Roy Skelton
Abbott: David Purcell
Untem: Renu Setna
Dr. Carter: Rex Robinson
Guard: Robin Hargrave
Professor Watson: Glyn Houston
Miss Jackson: Frances Pidgeon
Driscoll: Roy Boyd
Elgin: John Cannon
Eldrad: Judith Paris, Stephen Thorne
Hospital Nurse: Libby Ritchie
Technicians: Derek Suthem, John Delieu
Security Guards: Barry Summerford,
Frozen Kastrian: Peter
Script Editor: Robert Holmes
Writer: Bob Baker, Dave Martin
Costume: Barbara Lane
Make up: Judy Neame
Visual Effects: Colin Mapson
Music: Dudley Simpson
as "Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear" by Terrance
Dicks (0 426 20033 0) first published by W H Allen (now Virgin Publishing
Ltd) in 1979 with cover by Roy Knipe. Target library number 30.
as "The Hand of Fear" in episodic format, February
1996, (BBCV 5789).
Released in US and Canada by CBS/FOX (8459), Re-released by Warner video
with cover art by Colin Howard.
last regular appearance as Sarah Jane Smith. She would return to the part
in the 1981 special "K9 and Company",
the 20th anniversary special "The Five
Doctors" in 1983 and the Children in Need special "Dimensions
in Time" in 1993. She would also take part in the two BBC Radio
productions "The Paradise of Death" and "The
Ghosts of N-Space" alongside Jon Pertwee.
All four episodes
exist in color on videotape.
recording in Stage TC8. (5-7, 19-20 July
Quarry, Cromhill, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. (14-15
Oldbury Power Station, Oldbury Naite, Thornbury, Gloucestershire.
(16-17 June 1976)
Stokefield Close, Thornbury, Gloucestershire.
(17 June 1976)
1, 2 - When the hand is seen crawling about the
floor (CSOed onto the background) the shadow it casts is often going in
the wrong direction.
3 - During the missile attack,
the sky is cloudy when viewed from the ground, but the stock footage of
RAF planes shows a clear sky.
4 - When the Doctor is setting
the trap for Eldrad with his scarf, he bumps into one of the large polystyrene
rocks, which wobbles quite amusingly.
- Eldrad jumps his cue and interrupts Sarah while she and the Doctor are
having an aside. This happens just after they discover that Rokon (king
of Castria) has in fact been dead for a long time. The exchange goes like
Sarah: "But we saw him... he spoke!"
The Doctor: "A recording from the past. The king obviously
knew there was a chance that Eldrad would return."
Sarah's reply is supposed to be "The booby traps!", but Eldrad
is too busy blithering on about being robbed of his destiny in the background.
Sarah waits politely, then delivers her line.
- After Eldrad sees the recorded message from Rokon, he gets ever so slightly
annoyed and starts stomping round the room as he makes a speech which
starts "Is this my reward?". As he does so, you can just make
out the dark outline of a BBC camera through the doorway behind Sarah.
If you're in any doubt that it's a camera, immediately afterwards we cut
to a shot of the Doctor and Sarah from that angle.