Guest starring Philip Madoc in what was to sadly prove to be his final role, The Horror of Loch Ness shows that The Scarifyers has lost none of its edge with the replacement of Nick Courtney by David Warner. The return of David Benson’s Aleister Crowley will please his many fans, and the byplay between Warner, Terry Molloy’s Edward Dunning and Benson is one of the many high spots of the piece.
Unsurprisingly, given the production team’s love of Doctor Who, there are more than a few references to Philip Madoc’s most famous role in the show – in fact, it could almost have been subtitled “Solon and Thanks For All the Fish!” Who fans will enjoy some of the scenes on the second disc on more than just one level, while any fans of classic SF films will find themselves mouthing along with certain lines once Campbell and Dunning start to work on getting out from their predicament.
Although this is in part a sequel to one of the earlier stories, you don’t need to know the ins and outs of that tale to make sense of this one (everything you need is neatly explained).
Verdict: A great deal of fun. 7/10