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Time-Flight: Part One 

A British Airways Concord disappears on final approach. The Doctor, still reeling from the loss of Adric, becomes involved when his TARDIS miss-fires from its intended destination of London... See full summary »

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Ron Jones

Writer:

Peter Grimwade (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Davison ... The Doctor
Sarah Sutton ... Nyssa
Janet Fielding ... Tegan
Richard Easton ... Captain Stapley
Keith Drinkel Keith Drinkel ... Flight Engineer Scobie
Michael Cashman ... First Officer Bilton
Peter Dahlsen Peter Dahlsen ... Horton
Brian McDermott Brian McDermott ... Sheard
John Flint John Flint ... Captain Urquhart
Peter Cellier ... Andrews
Judith Byfield Judith Byfield ... Angela Clifford
Anthony Ainley ... Kalid (as Leon Ny Taiy)
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A British Airways Concord disappears on final approach. The Doctor, still reeling from the loss of Adric, becomes involved when his TARDIS miss-fires from its intended destination of London 1851 and appears at Heathrow airport. The Doctor follows the lost plane into the deep past only to discover he is part of an illusion. This forces him to ask the question: if there is an illusion, who is the conjurer? Written by chapman_glen@yahoo

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1982 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tegan is always nagging the doctor to get her back to Heathrow so she could be a stewardess. They are now in Heathrow and Tegan stays with the Tardis instead of remaining at Heathrow and actually becoming the stewardess she always claimed to be but never really was. See more »

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The Doctor: Behind every illusion there's a conjurer. In this case I shouldn't think he went to all this trouble for our entertainment.
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Ambitious story, Whovian frugality
7 April 2017 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

"Time-flight" (parts 1-4) finds The Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan, and two Concorde jets transported through a time contour to a primordial Earth when a crashed starship contains the essence of a long vanished race, which has split into "good" and "evil" manifestations due to the arrival of the Master, who is having TARDIS troubles. Due a convenient "psychokinetic field ", Triassic Earth frequently resembles Heathrow, which is good because when it does not, it seems to be made up of the Styrofoam rocks that are so frequently found around TARDIS touchdowns. The Master inexplicably disguises himself as some kind of fat Fu Manchu for the first two chapters and then threatens people, already frightened by grey blob-aliens who cause people to disappear (somehow involving soap bubbles), with his shrink ray. Needless to say that The Doctor outwits him and gives the alien gestalt a new hope. Overall: an overly-complex story with lots of talk, little action and dodgy optical effects – typical of Davison's tenure. Mostly for fans, mostly.


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