Doctor Who - The Time Warrior
Barry Letts for BBC
directed by Alan Bromly
starring Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, Kevin Lindsay, David Daker, John J.Carney, Donald Pelmear, June Brown, Jeremy Bulloch, Alan Rowe, Nicholas Courtney
written by Robert Holmes, script editor: Terrance Dicks, music by Dudley Simpson
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee), Doctor Who (classic series), Sarah Jane Smith, Sontarans, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
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Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) is hired by UNIT chief Brigadier
Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) to investigate the disappearance of
several top scientists - and soon enough he finds out that the question is
not where the scientists have gone to but when they have gone to ... thus
he takes his time-and-space-machine the TARDIS and goes back to the Middle
Ages where the Sontaran Linx (Kevin Lindsay) - the Sontarans are an alien
race of ruthless warriors - has crash-landed, and now he kidnaps
scientists from the 20th century to help him repair his spaceship.
Soon enough, the Doctor and reporter Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth
Sladen) - a stowaway in the TARDIS, this was her first appearance in the
series - get into a local conflict between benign Count Edward of Wessex
(Alan Rowe) and his neighbour, evil Captain Irongron (David Daker), who is
helped by Linx who provides him with firearms and robots, things way ahead
of the time.
Eventually though, the Doctor, once he has convinced Sir Edward and
Sarah Jane - who immediately thought he was in league with Irongron and
Linx -, makes up a plan to outsmart their opponents with stink bombs and
sleeping gas, and just before the Sontaran spaceship is ready to leave, he
manages to throw a spanner into the works, and in the end the spaceship
explodes together with Irongron's castle.
Finally, the Doctor is free to leave again, and with Sarah Jane he has
found a new companion ...
Nothing great, but an amusing period piece with sci-fi elements - and
since the BBC was always good with period pieces, you can at least
expect good sets, props and costumes, and the actors are uniformly up to
their roles. Plus, the rather short and bulky Sontarans are among the best
and most menacing Doctor Who-aliens - even if their
spaceships look like giant golf balls ...