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Time-Flight: Part Four 

Incorporating the Xeraphin race into his TARDIS power system, the Master has won, but technical obstacles and a bit of sabotage from friendlies give the Doctor a bargaining chip for the ... See full summary »




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Episode complete credited cast:
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Anthony Ainley ...
Richard Easton ...
Keith Drinkel ...
Michael Cashman ...
First Officer Bilton
Peter Dahlsen ...
Brian McDermott ...


Incorporating the Xeraphin race into his TARDIS power system, the Master has won, but technical obstacles and a bit of sabotage from friendlies give the Doctor a bargaining chip for the lives of the hijacked and enslaved airline passengers and crews - with maybe, just maybe, some hope for the Xeraphin race as well. Written by statmanjeff

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30 March 1982 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eric Saward wanted The Master to be killed off in this episode, as he felt that the character had outstayed his welcome. John Nathan-Turner insisted on keeping him on as a recurring villain. See more »


When the airplane is starting to leave the prehistoric time, there are buildings visible in the background. See more »


Captain Stapley: Hello. I thought you were going with the Doctor.
Tegan Jovanka: So did I.
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28 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I honestly don't have that much to say about Time Flight. Everyone knows it's terrible. The cast know it's terrible. The guy who wrote it (who isn't even a professional writer, he's a DIRECTOR) knows it's terrible. The fans know it's terrible. Everyone on the DVD commentary knows that it's terrible.

The plot is the most insanely convoluted plot I've ever seen in science fiction history. And I mean that. The premise is quite interesting, but why exactly the master is doing this or why he needs to capture the jet and land it in prehistoric times just to get parts for his TARDIS is never made clear. Another laughably bad part of this plot is that for some reason the master feels the need to disguise himself as a Chinese guy with one of the weirdest accents you'll ever hear. But why?!! He didn't even know the Doctor was going to be on there in the first place! What makes it worse is that he is shown talking to himself in that accent while in this disguise.....WHAT? HOW? WHY? How did this script get past the editing room???? I'm in a state of shock after re-watching this train wreck!

It's not just the plot. The directing, dialogue (the infamous "your family, fish and chips" line being a laughable standout), acting and overall use of the companions are all just dreadful.

And the reaction of the characters to the death of Adric at the end of Earthshock is just......if you've seen it you know what I'm talking about. What a goddamned waste! While not one of the bottom 5 Doctor Who stories ever, and not even the worst Davison story, this story is a shoe in for the bottom 10. To anyone reading this review, avoid this pile of crap.

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