Doctor Who: Season 11, Episode 4

The Time Warrior: Part Four (5 Jan. 1974)

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The Doctor attempts to return the scientists to their own time, before Linx tries to use his spaceship and destroys the entire castle.

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The Doctor attempts to return the scientists to their own time, before Linx tries to use his spaceship and destroys the entire castle.

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This episode was watched by 10.6 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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Sarah appears to have an unexplained costume change from attire appropriate for the time back to her modern clothes. In DVD commentary, it is suggested she changed in the TARDIS and not showing it was an error, though only the Doctor is shown visiting the TARDIS. However, she got her native clothing from Sir Edward's castle and she had returned there, giving her opportunity to change back into her 20th century attire and return the other clothes. As she is returning to Irongron's castle to defeat Linx, it would be natural to think she would also be expecting to return to her own time soon with the Doctor and want her original clothes again. See more »

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Hal: You are truly a great magician, Doctor.
The Doctor: To tell you the truth, Hal, I'm not a magician at all.
Sarah Jane Smith: I'm not so sure about that.
[the Doctor enters the TARDIS, followed by Sarah, and the door closes. Hal is momentarily startled as the TARDIS's engines start up and the blue box magically disappears before his eyes]
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Brilliant debut for The Doctor's best companion Sarah Jane Smith and also for the Sontarans.
12 November 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This marks the first appearance of a Sontaran in Doctor Who. A race of alien warrior that would become an icon in the show right up to the present day. The design and realisation of the Sontaran in this debut is absolutely superb. Kevin Lindsay puts in a great performance as Sontaran warrior Linx and the costume, make-up and original design are of top quality.

The story is a 'pseudo-historical' where much of it is set in England in the time of Richard I (1189-1199 AD) with Linx having been stranded there by his damaged spacecraft but able to drag scientists from 1970s England back to force them to help him fix his craft. The Doctor follows back to the 1100s in the TARDIS along with stowaway journalist Sarah Jane Smith who becomes The Doctor's long serving companion. Her debut is great, with Elizabeth Sladen's wonderful performance giving a taste of how she would become the most enduring and most loved companion The Doctor ever has. She manages to be strong and independent but gentle and feminine at the same time.

There is a lot of great fun, action and great scripting along the way with only a few less successful scenes. This is a brilliantly entertaining story with a great new companion and a great new alien menace.


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