Doctor Who: The Time Warrior

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  • A terrifying clash between the past and future threatens the entire human race and plunges the Doctor and Sarah into a chilling race against time. When top scientists begin to mysteriously vanish, Doctor Who finds himself headed back in time to the middle ages and not-so-merry England. Linx, a war-loving Sontaren fleet commander, has crash-landed near a medieval castle and is supplying the feuding

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A terrifying clash between the past and future threatens the entire human race and plunges the Doctor and Sarah into a chilling race against time. When top scientists begin to mysteriously vanish, Doctor Who finds himself headed back in time to the middle ages and not-so-merry England. Linx, a war-loving Sontaren fleet commander, has crash-landed near a medieval castle and is supplying the feuding Irongron with advanced weapons that could totally change the course of human … More >>

Doctor Who: The Time Warrior

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  1. This is a great Doctor Who episode with the late, great John Pertwee.

    Long overdue !!!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. This episode is classic WHO. I don’t mean to say it’s a classic episode. It doesn’t stand out as one of the very best episodes of the classic series, but it does stand out as the typical sort of thing going on during the best years of the classic series.

    Here we are introduced to the Sontarans. While the Sontarans are one of the best conceived monsters/villans in the series’ history, they unfortunately received bad treatment for the few times they were used. The only good Sontaran episodes were TIME WARRIOR (Season 11) and THE SONTARAN EXPERIMENT (Season 12). In TIME WARRIOR, the Sontarans are well realized as monsters and Kevin Lindsay did a wonderful job bringing the Sontaran to life. The script also re-introduces us to the historical story, a type of story not much used since the Hartnell days. Set in Medieval England, this story is great for the technology/dark ages interplay, the sets and the costumes (costuming period episodes was always a strong point at the BBC). The acting, while over the top at some points, is also done well overall, especially Kevin Lindsay as the Sontaran.

    This episode is special for one other reason; it introduced us to Sarah Jane Smith. Sarah Jane as the Doctor’s companion was a fan favorite.

    All in all, this was one of my favorite Jon Pertwee episodes for the reasons stated. This would be a great buy for both hard core fans and casual viewers alike.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. This is my favorite Doctor Who serial of all time. Everything about it just clicks — Sarah Jane is great (indeed, the character is better here than in her later, less-feminist appearances), the Sontaran make-up and Kevin Lindsey’s performance is great, and Jon Pertwee is at his absolute best here. A total standout. I’ve been waiting for years for the DVD release and am thrilled it’s finally here.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Jon Pertwee’s final season has always been one of my favorites and this first story from that season is no exception. This show also marks the first appearence of both Sarah Jane Smith and the Sontarans to the series. Most of this story is set in the past giving us another sci fi/historical adventure complete with castles, horses and missing scientists. As with all BBC historical pieces, this one looks very nice and the location footage is very pleasing to the eye. A Doctor Who story not to be missed.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) and UNIT call on their go-to guy when top scientists begin to vanish in “The Time Warrior.” In this adventure, the first serial of Jon Pertwee’s last series (in BBC speak) as the Doctor, our hero travels back to the Middle Ages to find out where the scientists are going. Sneaking aboard the TARDIS is Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) in her first adventure with the Doctor.

    When the Doctor arrives on the scene, he finds that a robber baron, Irongron (David Daker), has made an uneasy alliance with Linx, an alien from the warrior race called the Sontarans. Linx’ ship is damaged and he is transporting scientists from the future in order to repair it. Since his “osmic” transporter is limited to an 800 year distance, he has to settle for scientists from Earth’s seventies. In return for allowing him to repair his ship in Irongron’s castle, Linx promises to give Irongron indestructible robot knights that will help him conquer neighboring nobility, in particular Lord Edward of Wessex.

    As the tale unfolds, the Doctor uncovers Linx’ plans and assists Lord Edward on taking Irongron’s castle in order to stop the Sontaran who is well aware that when his ship takes off, he’ll take out Irongron’s castle and just about everything else.

    This tale features not only Sarah Jane’s first adventure with the Doctor, it also features the first appearance of the Sontarans. They would prove to be popular villains in the long run and appeared a few more times in the classic series and then resurfaced in the revival of Doctor Who. This is also the first time viewers see the new diamond logo for Doctor Who.

    Also of note is the appearance of Jeremy Bulloch as Hal. Hardcore Star Wars fans will recognize him as the legendary Boba Fett who, in my opinion, ranks right up there with the Daleks and Darth Vader as some of the greatest bad guys in science fiction.

    This serial is full of humor, primarily coming from Daker’s Irongron and his good friend, Bloodaxe (John J. Carney). When this pair interact with Linx, their macho boasting appears in stark contrast to the Sontaran’s lethal and matter-of-fact demeanor. When they encounter the feminist-minded Sarah Jane, they become even more hilarious. Also of note is the wonderful Donald Pelmear, who plays Doctor Rubeish. He’s one of the scientists that Linx transports to the past. Unfortunately for Linx, Rubeish left his glasses in the future and is of very little service. Instead of forcing him to slave like the other scientists, Linx lets Rubeish wander around and he generally causes trouble for Linx in the long run. Of course, Pertwee’s judo moves and all around portrayal of the Doctor is fun as well.

    BBC Video has gone out of their way to spoil fans of the classic Who with the many extras featured on this DVD. This has become a staple of the Doctor Who DVDs, and as always the extras are just as good as the serial itself. Highlights of the extras include “Beginning the End,” which takes a look at the production of the story and the many firsts (and finals) that this serial would touch on. The documentary features Sladen, Bulloch, Donald Pelmear, and others. Also included is wonderful commentary by Sladen, Barry Letts, and Terrance Dicks.

    As I uncover more and more of the classic Who tales that I either missed or forgot, I find myself enjoying the older Doctors more with each episode. Pertwee was never a favorite of mine while I was growing up. Now I’ve come to truly appreciate his portrayal of the Doctor and have become very fond of the humor he interjected into the role. “The Time Warrior” will not disappoint viewers. Not only is it a fun adventure full of firsts, it’s an excellent look back at how brilliant the classic Doctor Who series really was. Highly recommended.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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