The Crooked Man
Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Neil Stuke (The Crooked Man), Sarah Smart (Laura Corbett), Robin Pearce (Simon Corbett/Reporter), Richard Earl (Ellis Andrews/Rance), Lizzie Roper (Celia Turner/Lesley King)
Winter at the seaside. The wind blows. The waves crash. People are dying and a strange spindly figure stalks the cold, deserted streets. A typical holiday for The Doctor and Leela in other words.
When they stumble across a grotesque series of murdersat the coast, the TARDIS travellers realise the local constabulary is out of its depth. Something supernatural has come to town, something evil. And it all seems to be tied in to a particular young family.
Monsters lurk behind strange doors. Tragic secrets wait to be uncovered. And somewhere, deep within, the Crooked Man sits. He is waiting for you.
- The Crooked Man was the third story in the third series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures.
- Leela once again refers to the police as “blue guards.” (The Talons of Weng Chiang; Foe from the Future, Energy of the Daleks)
- While covering the BAFTAs, the reporter refers to Sir Jack Merrivale and Martin Ashcroft. the Fifth Doctor would later serve as the technical adviser of the 1976 portmanteau film Doctor Demonic’s Tales of Terror. Merrivale starred in the film (as did The Doctor’s companion Nyssa) while Ashcroft directed it. (Special Features)
- The Doctor mentions his visit to the Land of Fiction and meeting Lemuel Gulliver and Rapunzel during his second incarnation. (The Mind Robber) He would later visit it again during his sixth (City of Spires, Night’s Black Agents, The Wreck of the Titan, Legend of the Cybermen) and seventh incarnations (Conundrum, Head Games).
- Leela refers to Xoanon. (The Face of Evil)
- Ellis is a fan of Professor X. (No Future)
- Leela mentions that her father Sole risked his life for her when he took the Test of the Horda in her place. (The Face of Evil)