Doctor Who: The Time Warrior (Story 70)
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Since I have a multi region DVD player I will look for any region dvd's to finish my collection. Out of print region 1 my foot. Thanks for having this will seek others.Published 3 months ago by William Medina
This is a great story from classic Doctor Who. This is Sarah Jane's first appearance and it's all around fun. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Daniel Pagano
One Step closer to completing my collection. Thank you, it's a great story!Published 13 months ago by VictorSlim3D
This is an interesting story mixing past, present and future together. I found it very enjoyable.Published 14 months ago by Malbus
As a classic Dr. Who fan I eagerly awaited watching this DVD 30 years after my first viewing on PBS. The first Sara Jane and Sontaran story! Jon Pertwee! Read morePublished 15 months ago by R. J Westafer
From the start, the thing that marked this series apart from the preceding series was the newly imagined opening animated title; although in my humble... Read more