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The Warlords 

Ian sets out with a reluctant accomplice to rescue Barbara from El Akir's palace as the Doctor and Vicki try to evade the suspicions of the Earl of Leicester.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Hampton ...
Vivianne Sorrel ...
Diane McKenzie ...
John Bay ...
Richard the Lionheart
Billy Cornelius ...
George Little ...
Raymond Novak ...
Saracen Warrior
Anthony Colby ...
Saracen Warrior


Ian sets out with a reluctant accomplice to rescue Barbara from El Akir's palace as the Doctor and Vicki try to evade the suspicions of the Earl of Leicester.

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17 April 1965 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The next episode, Doctor Who: The Space Museum (1965), begins with a brief clip of the finale of this episode, where the time-travellers stand in period costume round the TARDIS console, literally frozen in time (it is confirmed as a clip rather than a restaged scene by an off-camera cough on the soundtracks to both episodes). This is the only known surviving footage from the final episode. See more »


Earl of Leicester: [after the TARDIS disappears] We will not speak of this. Let this story die here in this wood or we'll be branded idiots... or liars. Poor Sir Ian, brave fellow. Spirited away by fiends. What dreadful anguish and despair he must be suffering now.
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The Crusade: Episode 4 - wonderful historical drama, sheer class
12 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Review for all 4 parts:

The Crusade is a four part pure historical adventure starting with The Lion. It is set in 12th Century Palestine, involving King Richard I ('The Lionheart) on crusade and would stand alongside any top BBC period drama. It is pure class with a super cast including Julian Glover (later of Bond villain and Game of Thrones fame) and Jean Marsh that would grace any Shakespearean stage production. The writer David Whitaker is one of Doctor Who's very best and here the script is beautifully written, intelligent and poetic. The director Douglas Camfield is also one of the series best and he is on top form here as are the regular cast.

The story reaches a peak at Episode 3 which must be one of the finest episodes of the first Doctor's era. The other episodes are also top drawer historical drama with exceptional scripts. Perhaps the second and fourth episodes (which you can hear but now only see reconstructions with still photographs as the videos were stupidly wiped) are not quite as strong plot-wise but maintain top standards in every other respect. One or both of those may be a touch below the undoubted full 10/10 level of episodes 1 and 3 but are still 9.5/10 minimum in my ratings.

Sheer class and an unmissable story.

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