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"The Ballad of Flannan Isle" was a poem by Wilfred Gibson.

It was mentioned and quoted by the Fourth Doctor while leaving Fang Rock:

Aye: though we hunted high and low,
And hunted everywhere,
Of the three men's fate we found no trace
Of any kind in any place,
But a door ajar, and an untouch'd meal,
And an overtoppled chair.
(TV: Horror of Fang Rock)

Behind the scenes Edit

In the real world the poem is known simply as Flannan Isle and deals with a mysterious incident that occurred on the Flannan Isles in 1900, when three lighthouse-keepers disappeared without explanation. The parallelism with the incident of Fang Rock is clear.

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