|'The Hand of Fear'
Story Code '4N'
by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
The TARDIS materialises in a quarry during the present day, where the Doctor and Sarah are caught up in blasting work. Sarah is entombed, and when the Doctor and the quarry workers rescue her, is found clutching a fossilised human hand. An energy force emanating from the hand possesses her, and, slipping on the blue gemstone from one of the hand's fingers, she takes it to the nearby Nunton Nuclear Research and Development complex, where it soaks up the radiation from the reactor core. When the reactor goes critical, the professor in charge, Watson, orders an evacuation. But the resulting release of energy is absorbed by the hand, which it uses to regenerate itself into a body patterned on that of Sarah. Eldrad persuades the Doctor to take her back to her planet, Kastria, where she can regain her heritage. But Kastria is a barren, dead world. Eldrad is shot by a booby trap, and the Doctor and Sarah place her in a regeneration machine, where she changes to her real, masculine form. The time travellers learn that the Kastrians died out millions of years ago, and the race banks were destroyed by Rokon, the last king, who feared that the evil Eldrad would return, and use them for his own twisted ends. Eldrad is furious, and attempts to force the Doctor to return him to Earth, so that he can rule that planet instead. But the Doctor and Sarah use the Doctor's scarf to trip Eldrad into a deep crevasse. Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor receives a telepathic summons to return to Gallifrey. As it is forbidden to take humans to his home planet, the Doctor leaves Sarah on Earth.
Tom Baker (Doctor Who), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Rex Robinson (Dr. Carter), Renu Setna (Intern), David Purcell (Abbott), Roy Pattison (Zazzka), Roy Skelton (King Rokon), Robin Hargrave (Guard), Glyn Houston (Professor Watson), Roy Boyd (Driscoll), Frances Pidgeon (Miss Jackson), John Cannon (Elgin), Judith Paris (Eldrad), Stephen Thorne (Kastrian Eldrad)
Produced by Philip Hinchcliffe
Directed by Lennie Mayne
Part 1 - 2nd October, 1977 @ 6.10pm - 6.35pm
Part 2 - 9th October, 1977 @ 5.50pm - 7h15pm
Part 3 - 16th October, 1977 @ 6.05pm - 6.30pm
Part 4 - 23rd October, 1977 @ 6.00pm - 6.25pm
*Featuring the Fourth Doctor and Sarah
*Working titles: 'The Hand of Doom' and 'The Hand of Death'