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The Time Warrior: Part Four 

The Doctor attempts to return the scientists to their own time, before Linx tries to use his spaceship and destroys the entire castle.


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
Donald Pelmear Donald Pelmear ... Professor Rubeish
David Daker ... Irongron
John J. Carney ... Bloodaxe
Jeremy Bulloch ... Hal
Sheila Fay ... Meg
June Brown June Brown ... Eleanor
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ... Edward of Wessex


The Doctor attempts to return the scientists to their own time, before Linx tries to use his spaceship and destroys the entire castle.

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Release Date:

5 January 1974 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was watched by 10.6 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


Sarah appears to have an unexplained costume change from attire appropriate for the time back to her modern clothes. In DVD commentary, it is suggested she changed in the TARDIS and not showing it was an error, though only the Doctor is shown visiting the TARDIS. However, she got her native clothing from Sir Edward's castle and she had returned there, giving her opportunity to change back into her 20th century attire and return the other clothes. As she is returning to Irongron's castle to defeat Linx, it would be natural to think she would also be expecting to return to her own time soon with the Doctor and want her original clothes again. See more »


[last lines]
Hal: You are truly a great magician, Doctor.
The Doctor: To tell you the truth, Hal, I'm not a magician at all.
Sarah Jane Smith: I'm not so sure about that.
[the Doctor enters the TARDIS, followed by Sarah, and the door closes. Hal is momentarily startled as the TARDIS's engines start up and the blue box magically disappears before his eyes]
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70: The Time Warrior
24 June 2018 | by Tom-Gentile8See all my reviews

"Brigadier, a straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting."

Robert Holmes is Doctor Who's most prolific and respected writer, yet in my experience, this story of his is rarely discussed. Why, before having watched these episodes, I didn't even know that Robert Holmes had created the Sontarans. Holmes is obviously very good at character profiling and writing, and I wouldn't be surprised if the executives at the time chose him to introduce Sarah Jane on purpose because of this. The plot and events in the story are quite basic, and would have the possibility of being dull and boring if it weren't for the amount of compelling and lovely secondary characters. It's very rare for a Doctor Who story to have you engaged in every single one of it's plot threads, but every time a scene would cut away I'd be sad that I was leaving those characters, but would immediately get entrenched in the scene that followed. This cycle would constantly repeat itself with the likes of Linx, Irongron and Bloodaxe, Edward, Meg and especially Professor Rubeish. I'm hoping this continues with Holme's work, and I assume it does seeing that people found two of his side characters from The Talons of Weng-Chiang so delightful that they were given an audio spinoff that lasted thirteen series. While its nothing game-changing or emotionally moving, The Time Warrior takes the idea of a 'fun romp' to a new admirable level.

Part One - June 20th Part Two/Three/Four - June 23rd

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