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Warriors' Gate: Part One 

While the Doctor and Romana desperately rack their brains over how to escape E-Space, Time Winds strike the TARDIS, damaging it and K-9. Strangest of all, it allows Biroc, a hurt and hunted... See full summary »


Paul Joyce, Graeme Harper (uncredited)


Stephen Gallagher (by) (as Steve Gallagher)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Lalla Ward ... Romana
Matthew Waterhouse ... Adric
Clifford Rose ... Rorvik
Kenneth Cope ... Packard
David Kincaid David Kincaid ... Lane
Freddie Earlle ... Aldo (as Freddie Earle)
Harry Waters Harry Waters ... Royce
David Weston ... Biroc
Vincent Pickering Vincent Pickering ... Sagan
Robert Vowles Robert Vowles ... Gundan
John Leeson ... Voice of K9 (voice)


While the Doctor and Romana desperately rack their brains over how to escape E-Space, Time Winds strike the TARDIS, damaging it and K-9. Strangest of all, it allows Biroc, a hurt and hunted lion-man, to enter, phased in time, and set the control coordinates at zero-zero, sending the TARDIS into a milk-white void. Before running off, he warns of others who will be soon following. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

3 January 1981 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story originally opened with an attack on the Privateer by an "Antonine Killer" which led to the ship becoming trapped at the Gateway. See more »


When the "Time Winds" damage K-9, smoke pours out of him. Behind the prop (visible just below its head) is a pipe leading to it, which can be seen filling up with smoke at the beginning of this shot. See more »


Doctor Who: Don't you want to get back to Gallifrey?
Romana: You KNOW I don't want to get back to Gallifrey.
Doctor Who: Then we'll burn that bridge when we come to it. It's all academic unless we've found a C.V.E.
Romana: What about Adric?
Doctor Who: What ABOUT Adric?
Romana: Well, if we get out of E-Space, we'll be taking him away form his own universe.
Doctor Who: So?
Romana: Do we have that right?
Doctor Who: Oh, he'll love it on Gallifrey.
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Quite an intricate episode, but pretty satisfying
14 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I've not seen this for a long time, so reviewing this with fresh eyes. The E-trilogy has seen us go from the pretty good Full Circle, to the sublime State of Decay on to this the finale. An interesting fact is that the Warrior's Gate story saw a big hike in viewing figures, Series 18 had suffered very badly, but Warrior's Gate saw a big gain.

The Doctor, Romana and K-9 are still trapped in E-Space, with new junior companion 'Adric.' The TARDIS heads into a time rift and is set adrift, in search of escape from E-Space. Biroc, a Tharil, a strange lion like human breaks into the TARDIS, which ends up at zero co-ordinates a kind of nothingness, seemingly the gateway between E and N space. The Doctor follows Biroc out of the TARDIS into a small stone building, like the front of a Castle, inside is a wonderful Banquet table which is covered in cobwebs and filthy. Biroc disappears behind a mirror. Ornamental guards come to life intent on killing The Doctor.....

I've paid very little attention to Warrior's Gate over the years, but I really enjoyed the first part, what a different script, it's very good. They really tried to make something different, it feels very new. The cliffhanger for episode 1 is brilliant, great use of imagery with the guards coming to life, also the Banquet table and set looks fantastic. Romana looks very good here too, great outfit, but her and Tom can barely look at one another, it's so noticeable.

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