And good old Stephen Thorne as the male Eldrad - what an unmistakable voice that man had.
"Eldrad must live!"
I love this one. My favorite Sarah Jane story of all time.
A couple of the serial's plot elements (the explosion in space that only Eldrad's hand survives, the role of possession in the story) suggest it was particularly influenced by The Crawling Hand (which I haven't seen), but the hand also recalls the one from The Beast with Five Fingers. A trailer for the former can be found at Internet Archive. Reviews of both movies can be found here.
I kinda figured something like that. As has been pointed out a lot over the years, much of the Hinchcliffe-Holmes era consisted of DOCTOR WHO doing WHO versions of classic old horror stories... like FORBIDDEN PLANET, DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, FRANKENSTEIN, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT, DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS, and THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. (Not to mention "Man-Eater Of Surrey Green" from THE AVENGERS.)
I remember Terrance Dicks saying regarding stories: "You have to have a good idea - it doesn't necessarily have to be yours."
Watched this again last night. Just a few thoughts to add to the above.
1)One of the in-jokes in this is that after all the times quarries have stood in for alien planets in this show, the TARDIS lands in an actual quarry and Sarah suspects it's an alien planet!
2)Sladen apparently got comments on the striped outfit she wore in this for the rest of her life. Dr. Carter compares it to Andy Pandy, who looked like this:
3)I gather they filmed this in an actual nuke plant. You'd have to bribe me pretty good to get me into one of those places.
4)I gather Sladen was given some input into how her character left. She asked for three things:
5)Frances Pidgeon, who played Miss Jackson, was director Lennie Mayne's wife. Also, the dog at the end was her dog, Fifi. Never afraid of a little neoptism, was our Lennie.
6)The wrench Carter waved at the Doctor was pretty obviously made of rubber. A little jarirng, that.
7)I quite liked Judith Paris as "Lady Eldrad". If you listen to the DVD commentary, she has alot of fun going back and forth with Baker.
8)I liked the bit where Baker crossed both his hearts to indicate he was telling the truth.
9)More Fun Quotes:
11)The freeze frame at the end was one more thing that Sladen asked for, and Mayne gave it to her.
A good story for a favorite character to go out on. Little did anyone know at the time that we hadn't seen the end of Sarah Jane...
3) I gather they filmed this in an actual nuke plant. You'd have to bribe me pretty good to get me into one of those places.
And that was back in the days when they built nuke plants out of spit and baling wire ...
Always liked this one a lot. I agree that Sladen got the good one to go out on.