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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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 »


[Sarah Jane tries preaching women's rights to a group of kitchen wenches]
Sarah Jane Smith: You're still living in the Middle Ages.
Kitchen Maid: What?
Sarah Jane Smith: Nothing.
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S11: The Time Warrior: Enjoyably punchy serial
24 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Doctor is called in by UNIT to help protect a group of scientists, some of whom have already gone missing. Meanwhile, back in England in the Middle Ages, an aspiring bandit called Irongron makes plans with a very strange knight who has fallen from the stars – the latter will give the former advanced weapons, if he can get assistance in repairing the craft he arrived in. With the connection made between these two periods in time, the Doctor sets off to specifically investigate – albeit unknowingly taking a stowaway with him as he travels back in time.

The first serial of the new season sees some changes of varying degree – the first is the cosmetic change to the titles, but the bigger one is that we have what we assume will be the new assistant (well, we know for sure she will be since Sarah Jane is a name that even casual Dr Who viewers will recognize). I am not sure if there was resistance or not to any such changes – for sure if it were today then the internet would be ablaze with "discussions" over such things – back then maybe it got a few letters on Points of View (which was the internet forum as moderated by Anne Robinson); either way, one thing that would have helped the audience is that this serial is actually pretty entertaining. At only 4 episodes there is really no filler or padding, and the whole thing has plenty of color to it in terms of the events and also the characters. There are plot holes and contrivances of course, but you probably do not worry about these or look too closely because it is quite a lively and enjoyable serial.

The plot is quite good as a frame but it is the characters that make it work. The Sontaran Linx is an enjoyable character; I like the similar character in the modern show even though he plays too much for laughs, but here he is a good presence and colorful. Irongron is great fun though, and David Daker goes for it wonderfully, making it fun pretty much most of the time he is on the screen. Pertwee is also on good form, and he has some humor surrounding him (I particularly enjoyed his description as "a longshank rascal with a mighty nose"). Sladen makes a solid start, much less screaming and much less just being in trouble – I like what Manning's Jo eventually became, but Sladen is a tone I prefer; although we will see how she develops since the previous companion in this style (Liz Shaw) really did not last and was clearly not working with what was being written.

A good start to the new season though; lively, entertaining, well paced, and with a good sense of easy adventure that doesn't take itself overly seriously.

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