Doctor Who (1963)

Season 11 Episode 1

The Time Warrior, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Dec 15, 1973 on BBC
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Episode Summary

England, the 12th century. Robber baron Irongron is recruited by Linx, a Sontaran warrior whose starship has been forced down on Earth. Linx is forced to use a time-travel device to steal resources and scientists from the future to repair his ship, but in doing so involves UNIT and the Doctor…moreless

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  • Mr Potato Head!

    British research scientists are disappearing, and an intrepid young journalist sets off to investigate... My favourite companion had left the show: how would Sarah Jane Smith shape up? Very well, as it happens, although the magic of the relationship between Pertwee and Manning was lost, and it wouldn't be until next season that the strongest of all Doctor-companion relationship would be established. We get to meet the Sontaran Linx, a design aesthetic so memorable that it was stolen by Star Trek: Voyager 20 years later. We also learn the name of the Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey, for the first time.moreless
  • Tells you a lot about the relationship the doc has with his companions. This is the first Sarah Jane one and you can see the doctor's grudging respect for her. Also a good historic scenario.moreless

    I absolutely love this episode. The doc works out that Sarah Jane is pretending to be her aunt Lavinia by tell her that she is far too young to have written her thesis. Irongron and his men are also fantastic, great acting performances from the whole cast. The Sontarans are also introduced here - a militaristic race of clones who live for the war they are having with the Rutans. Landing in 11th century England, they give Irongron weapons far ahead of his time and hope to leave Earth and continue the war. I know this is only the first episode but it is, in my opinion totally pivotal.moreless
Donald Pelmear

Donald Pelmear

Professor Rubeish

Guest Star

John J. Carney

John J. Carney


Guest Star

June Brown

June Brown


Guest Star

Kevin Lindsay

Kevin Lindsay


Recurring Role

David Daker

David Daker


Recurring Role

Alan Rowe

Alan Rowe

Edward of Wessex

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Revealing Mistake: After Lynx plants the flag, Bloodaxe and Irongron look to their side for no reason, as though looking to the director.

    • From this episode onwards a new font face was used for the opening credits. The episode titles, writer credit and episode number are white and in a much thicker font than in the previous season, where the credits were yellow against a red background.

    • There is a change in the title sequence: a Time Tunnel effect is used.

    • The Doctor and the Brigadier couldn't possibly have failed to notice Sarah standing two yards away from them and calling out "Professor Rubeish?"

    • There was no Wessex in England from the 10th century to the 20th, so there could be no Edward of Wessex. [In the novelization, Edward is renamed Fitzroy.]

    • There is no explanation for how the TARDIS could have been brought into the research centre through the much smaller door. The Brigadier later comments the Doctor can't pilot the TARDIS reliably, so the Doctor couldn't have materialized it inside.

    • When the Captain fires the breech-loading musket, the report goes off before he pulls the trigger. Also, the hammer is not cocked, so the gun could not be fired anyway.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sarah Jane: What's that?
      The Doctor: That's my alarm clock.
      Sarah Jane: Oh, Doctor, kindly don't be so patronising! Now, what is it really?
      The Doctor: It's a rhondium sensor. Detects delta particles, at a pre-set spectrum density of fifteen ams, which oscilates that little cylinder there, which provokes a vaccuum in there, which wakes me up. Clear?
      Sarah Jane: Why do you want to be woken up when it detects delta particles?
      The Doctor: Because I'm very fond of delta particles.

    • Brigadier: It's no joke providing emergency accomodations for all these scientists.
      The Doctor: All right, Brigadier, you've had your bit of mystification. Now I know where I'm supposed to stay, perhaps you wouldn't mind telling me why.
      Brigadier: This place is one of the most top secret security establishments in the whole country. In fact, most of their work is so secret they don't know what they're doing themselves.

    • Irongron: By my sword, Bloodaxe, I'll pickle that insolent star warrior in boiling oil one day.

    • Brigadier: Look, Doctor, I forbid you to go off in that contraption. There's no telling where you'll finish up. Remember what happened to you on Metebelis III.
      The Doctor: Well, I got there, didn't I?
      Brigadier: Yes, eventually. After several detours.
      The Doctor: Brigadier, a straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Time Warrior by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 20023 3) first published by W H Allen in 1978.

    • DVD: Doctor Who: The Time Warrior (BBCDVD 1098) released in September 2007.

      Video: Doctor Who: The Time Warrior (BBCV 4245) released in omnibus format in March 1989. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1165) in April 1991.

    • In common with other early Doctor Who video releases, this was an omnibus edition. Unlike other serials, however, this was never re-released in uncut, epiodic format, leaving this as the only serial only to have been released in the condensed format.

    • The first appearance of the Sontarans.

    • First appearance of Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.