Although it may seem unusual, the BBC did at one time have its own horror host, Dr Terror (pictured below). This delightful chap was the host of many a classic horror film in the mid 90’s but sadly has not been seen since then and remains mostly forgotten. If you are one of those people who has forgotten or indeed has never heard of the good doctor, come with me on journey to the latest late night schedules of years ago and discover some more about “Dr Terror”.
Dr Terror first appeared on our screens in 1992 for a BBC2 Halloween all night horror spectacular. In this first appearance he was not known as Dr Terror at all but instead as Dr Walpurgis and he hosted the evening directly after the infamous “Ghost watch” was broadcast. During this evening the Doc would have the privilege of showing for the first time the uncut version of Curse of the Werewolf (1960) which the doctor described as having “extra stalk and slash scenes”. In all his appearances the good Dr was played by the Extras star Guy Henry underneath a gruelling four hour make up that despite restrictions gave the character a personality that suited Henry’s portrayal perfectly.
It turned out that Auntie Beeb was actually pretty pleased with the success of Dr “Walpurgis” that they decided to bring him back for his own weekly series in which he would present a classic horror film. The series was originally titled “Vault of Horror” (In the next series the title was changed to “Dr Terror’s Vault of Horror”) and gave the good Dr a name change from Dr Walpurgis to the much more catchy Dr Terror. The scripts were written by the creator of the character, genre expert and novelist Kim Newman, who also had some appearances in the last series sketches.
The final series went through a radical change not only with name (now “Dr Terror presents”) but in style as well. Instead of just introducing the movies the Doc now had mini sketches based on game shows. In one of the videos included below you can see an example of this, instead of the Re-Generation game we got the De-generation game. These sketches were obviously the labour of a lot of work and it’s sad that the doctor did not return after this series.
Below is a video featuring the Doc introducing various horror movies, enjoy!
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