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Doctor Who: The Time Warrior (Story 70) (2008)

Jon Pertwee , Nicholas Courtney , Alan Bromly  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Elisabeth Sladen, Kevin Lindsay
  • Directors: Alan Bromly
  • Writers: Robert Holmes
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00114XLYQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Time Warrior (Story 70)" on IMDb

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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 evolution. He is also using the kidnapped scientists to repair his ship. Linx is determined to return to his squadron - and nothing will stop him. As Irongron gets ready for battle, the Doctor makes his move. Can he save the doomed scientists, outwit Irongron and stop Linx from completing his catastrophic plan? The future of mankind is in his hands...

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Timely" release for SARAH JANE and the SONTARANS January 12, 2008
Format:DVD
With the success of the BBC's Sarah Jane Adventures (UK series targeted for younger viewers)and the pending 2008 return of the Sontaran's to the 4th season of Doctor Who it is a great time for the DVD release of the "Time Warrior." Not only was the story a season opener and the 3rd Doctor's final season played by the groovy Judo-chopping Jon Pertwee, but it introduces one of the Doctor's finest companions Sarah Jane Smith as played by Elisabeth Sladen. Sarah returned to say her farewells in season 2 of the 2006 Dr. Who only to get her own CBBC spin-off.

The Story: England's scientists are being snatched and transported to the middle-ages by a stranded alien. UNIT asks the Doctor to sort it out, while the lovely and plucky young reporter Miss Sarah Jane Smith stows-away on the TARDIS as the Doctor tracks the scientists into the past. Ultimately, Sarah ends up at odds with the Doctor believing he is the time-napping villain and teaming-up with a local King and Queen to storm the baddies castle. Eventually, the two ally themselves to face the true foes, including the war-mongering armored Sontaran supplying the locals with centuries advanced weaponry.

Some neat moments are the introduction of a "fighting mechnical-man" to the middle-age tyrant in which an archer stays his execution by pumping arrows in to the machine as it continues to march ever forward. A scene which is repeated later with sword and axe-play as the Doctor is disquised as the robot.

The action in this one is typical of Pertwee's years, as is the over-the-top writing for the late great Robert Holmes, especially dialogue for Bloodaxe and his minions, who in one scene refer to the Doctor as a "Long-shanked rascal with a mighty nose!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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First things first, "Time Warrior" is a story of many firsts. The Doctor identifies his home planet as "Gallifrey" for the first time, adding another fragment to the ever-developing mythos of the show's mysterious main character. One of the Doctor's most memorable human traveling companions, Sarah Jane Smith, makes her first appearance here, instantly adding a lively spark to the show and bringing the women's lib movement (still in its early stages as of 1973) into its overall equation with understated grace and a dash of wit. Next, the Doctor and Sarah Jane come up against the militaristic Sontarans for the first time in the person of Commander Linx. The Sontarans make for great villains, single-mindedly militant and delightfully arrogant, their sleek black-leather battle armor oddly juxtaposed with their almost humorously pudgy potato heads. It makes sense then that they've shown up in several stories over the years (and yet again soon this year), but arguably this their first appearance is also their best. Often they come across merely as cruel bully thugs, but the character of Linx, while including all of that in spades, is complicated just a bit by hints of a sincere code of honor and a sense of fair play, not to mention boyish curiosity. Then too, just in terms of make-up and costume, Linx wins out as the most visually convincing Sontaran so far, and Kevin Lindsay's performance enlivens the character perfectly. Finally, "Time Warrior" also sees the first appearance of the iconic opening sequence with the multi-colored time vortex that would continue to be used throughout most of the Tom Baker years and in many ways could be said to be the inspiration for the current version as well. Read more ›
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Anyone who says that plots from the old Doctor Who series are slow-moving and stodgy in comparison to the stories featured in the revival of the show should look to THE TIME WARRIOR for correction; the old series could move quickly when it wanted to. Here we have an alien crash-landing in medieval England; the aforementioned alien warrior entering into an agreement with and providing advanced weaponry for the local feudal lord; scientists going missing from the twentieth century; and the Doctor and UNIT getting involved. All in the first nine minutes.

By a complete coincidence I watched this serial not long after the new series tried its hand at a Sontaran episode. The comparison smiled on the original. For just one aspect of this, compare the characters who align themselves with the Sontarans in the respective stories. THE TIME WARRIOR gives us Irongron, one of the series' best villains: a powerful and ruthless feudal lord whose rich and witty dialog is the equal of any fictional bad guy. The new series gives us a whiny, annoying and easily-bamboozled teenager. Old school Who wins this round.

Getting back to THE TIME WARRIOR, this serial never seems to rate very highly with fans, but I've never been quite sure why. This story features two things that writer Robert Holmes was particularly apt at creating: excellent dialog and memorable, fun characters. The plot itself is a really nice blending of the historic setting being touched by the fantastic. And it's an extremely intelligent script. Even with all the different factions and characters, everyone's motivation makes perfect sense. While the story and dialog are often very much over the top, everything still logically fits together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Most enjoyable romp.
Published 29 days ago by Richanda
5.0 out of 5 stars pertwee at his best. introduces the sontarians
pertwee at his best. introduces the sontarians, the perfect example of military intelligence. and, of course, the lovely elizabeth sladen as sarah jane smith, probably the best... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Bear Paw
5.0 out of 5 stars Time for Sarah Jane
Story #70: "The Time Warrior", another of the best episodes of the "original Whos", and a full 5 STARS. Read more
Published 3 months ago by KnightReader
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Ok Doctor Who episode for Pertwee and his Doctor Who character and his chance to use his Time Machine from earth.
Published 4 months ago by Edward Kirven
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jane Smith
The Time Warrior is a very good introduction to the Doctor's new companion, Miss Sarah Jane Smith. Really loved it.
Published 5 months ago by Char
5.0 out of 5 stars New Companion, New Alien
This episode represents a couple of firsts for Doctor Who as its the first episode featuring Sarah Jane Smith as the doctor's companion and the first to feature a Sontaren. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars And we meet the Sontarans :) AND Sarah Jane!!!
Been waiting to see this one. It was worth it!

As usual I will skip the plot line. Though I will say this story moves fast. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jim Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who???
Its Doctor Who!!! What more can I say??? (-: This particular DVD was chosen not so much for Pertwee himself, but the fact that Elizabeth Sladen was also starring.
Published 10 months ago by Steven Walls
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Third Doctor Stories
This is my own personal favorite story from Jon Pertwee's tenure as the Doctor. At the time it was made "Doctor Who" hadn't done a historical episode in a while, but that... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nathaniel Wayne
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