Doctor Who: Season 12, Episode 9

The Sontaran Experiment: Part One (22 Feb. 1975)

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The Doctor, Sarah and Harry teleports to Earth to ensure the planet is safe for the survivors on-board Nerva Beacon to return to Earth and re-inhabit their world. Only to find a Sontaran ... See full summary »

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The Doctor, Sarah and Harry teleports to Earth to ensure the planet is safe for the survivors on-board Nerva Beacon to return to Earth and re-inhabit their world. Only to find a Sontaran named Styre has captured a group of humans and conducting experiments on them to discover the human body's weaknesses, as part of the Sontaran's goal for domination of the galaxy. Written by Daniel Williamson

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One of the five serials in the original series that does not feature the TARDIS. See more »

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The Sontaran's hands show a glove with 5 fingers - Sontarans only have three fingers. See more »

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Short and sweet
7 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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A short and sweet serial from Tom Baker's tenure as the Doctor. THE SONTARAN EXPERIMENT has the distinction of being filmed almost entirely on location in the rolling Devon countryside, and it features the Doctor, Sarah Jane, and tag-along Harry visiting a futuristic Earth that has been long since abandoned. They hook up with some other human visitors, but soon find something more sinister is lurking in the background...

This is the second of the Sontaran stories, following on from Pertwee's adventure THE TIME WARRIOR. At only two episodes it's a fast-paced adventure with plenty of action to recommend it, with Baker giving a particularly energetic performance (he broke his collarbone during one stunt). Some of the elements are a little cheesy, like the robot machine which trundles around the country and looks so flimsy that a little kid could push it over, but overall the story is fun and dramatic in equal measure.


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