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The Time Warrior: Part Two 

The Doctor tracks the missing scientists to Irongron's castle, where Linx is using them to repair his spaceship and construct advanced weapons for Irongron.


Alan Bromly


Robert Holmes

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jon Pertwee ... Doctor Who
Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Kevin Lindsay Kevin Lindsay ... Linx
David Daker ... Irongron
John J. Carney ... Bloodaxe
Jeremy Bulloch ... Hal
June Brown June Brown ... Eleanor
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ... Edward of Wessex
Donald Pelmear Donald Pelmear ... Professor Rubeish


The Doctor tracks the missing scientists to Irongron's castle, where Linx is using them to repair his spaceship and construct advanced weapons for Irongron.

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Release Date:

22 December 1973 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first episode where the Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey, is named. See more »


The Doctor criticizes Linx for supplying Irongron's men with "breech-loading guns". The prop rifles that Linx is holding in this scene, however, appear very much to be muzzle-loading flintlocks. See more »


[Linx meets Sarah Jane Smith for the first time, and apparently his first human female]
Linx: What is this?
Irongron: Eh? Oh, just a girl taken in the forest.
Linx: "Girl"? You have two species on this planet?
Irongron: How say you?
Linx: The Girl is not of your kind, Irongron.
Linx: [handling Sarah] The hair is finer. The thorax of a different construction.
Irongron: Oh, hell's teeth, have you no girls beyond the stars? No women to do the lowly work?
Linx: Ah, I understand. You have a primary and secondary reproductive cycle. It is an inefficient system....
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Brilliant debut for The Doctor's best companion Sarah Jane Smith and also for the Sontarans.
12 November 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

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This marks the first appearance of a Sontaran in Doctor Who. A race of alien warrior that would become an icon in the show right up to the present day. The design and realisation of the Sontaran in this debut is absolutely superb. Kevin Lindsay puts in a great performance as Sontaran warrior Linx and the costume, make-up and original design are of top quality.

The story is a 'pseudo-historical' where much of it is set in England in the time of Richard I (1189-1199 AD) with Linx having been stranded there by his damaged spacecraft but able to drag scientists from 1970s England back to force them to help him fix his craft. The Doctor follows back to the 1100s in the TARDIS along with stowaway journalist Sarah Jane Smith who becomes The Doctor's long serving companion. Her debut is great, with Elizabeth Sladen's wonderful performance giving a taste of how she would become the most enduring and most loved companion The Doctor ever has. She manages to be strong and independent but gentle and feminine at the same time.

There is a lot of great fun, action and great scripting along the way with only a few less successful scenes. This is a brilliantly entertaining story with a great new companion and a great new alien menace.

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