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"Doctor Who" The Time Warrior: Part One (TV Episode 1973) Poster

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Introduction of new opening and closing credit sequence featuring the camera-slit time vortex effect and the first appearance of the diamond Doctor Who logo.
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First appearances of Sarah Jane Smith and The Sontarans.
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Bob Hoskins was the first choice to play Irongron. He turned it down, but recommended David Daker.
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In Terrance Dicks' novelization of The Time Warrior, published by Target Books in June 1978. Linx's first name was revealed as Jingo, in the prologue.
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This was the last Doctor Who serial until 1983 to be advertised with a Radio Times front cover. It featured Jon Pertwee photographed with talk show host Michael Parkinson, singer and actor Paul Jones and his son, Matthew. The magazine also featured an interview with Parkinson and Matthew Jones about why they liked the series.
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This serial was released by the BBC on video cassette in the UK in March 1989.
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This episode was watched by 8.7 million viewers on its original transmission.
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This serial takes place in England in the 13th Century, making it is the only Third Doctor serial set in a historical context, which had been a common feature of the series in its early years.
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Working titles for this story included The Time Fugitive and The Time Survivor.
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Producer Barry Letts was not completely happy with Alan Bromly's work on this serial. He felt Bromly shot some scenes too simply and hadn't moved with the times, instead using techniques that belonged in 1950s live television. Letts had wanted to direct this serial himself but he was busy with Moonbase 3 (1973).
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Fans voted this number 52 in a countdown of the 163 Doctor Who (1963) stories in Outpost Gallifrey's 40th anniversary poll in 2003, making it the most popular of the four serials to feature the Sontarans.
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The original outline for the serial was humorously submitted to the production office in the form of a "Field report from Sontaran Field Marshal Hol Mes, to Terran Cedicks".
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Beginning with this story, individual episodes are listed as Part One, Two etc. This replaced the previous system of calling them Episode One, Two and so forth, established in 1966 with The Savages. The naming structure introduced in this serial would be used through to Survival in 1989, with the single exception of Destiny of the Daleks.
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Elisabeth Sladen initially thought that Sarah was a guest role.
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April Walker was originally cast as Sarah, but was replaced when it was discovered that she had no chemistry with Jon Pertwee.
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