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The Time Warrior: Part Three 

The Doctor escapes the castle with Sarah and Hal and must persuade Sir Edward to trust him before Irongron launches an attack on them.


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
Sheila Fay ... Meg
Steve Brunswick Steve Brunswick ... Sentry


The Doctor escapes the castle with Sarah and Hal and must persuade Sir Edward to trust him before Irongron launches an attack on them.

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Release Date:

29 December 1973 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Script editor Terrance Dicks added the line in which Irongron describes the Doctor as "a longshank rascal with a mighty nose" because he knew Jon Pertwee was very self-conscious about the size of it. See more »


[last lines]
[as Linx enters, The Doctor, Sarah, and Rubeish hide. Linx approaches a prone scientist, takes out his probe and activates its hypnotic setting on him]
Linx: Up! Get back to work!
[another scientist struggles to his feet, but collapses again]
Linx: [to the second] Work! What's wrong with you? Get up or I will kill you!
[the Doctor pops up out of hiding to prevent this]
The Doctor: Leave him, Linx!
Linx: Ah! How fortunate that you have returned, Doctor. My failure to destroy you was the one thing that marred the ...
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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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