Doctor Who (1963)

Season 11 Episode 2

The Time Warrior, Part Two

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Dec 22, 1973 on BBC

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  • Excellent because it kept it simple.

    This serial stands out for several reasons. Fans know it as the one in which Sarah Jane Smith is introduced and that alone is worth a viewing. The character starts off unlike any other assistant. In this second episode she even believes the Doctor to be the villain. A second plus is the historical background. It seems as if it takes some pressure off the producers to come up with an alien world and gives them a chance to put more emphasis on story and character. (Without too much scientific mumbo jumbo it is also easier to follow.) Designer Keith Cheetham created a very realistic, dirty Middle Ages, his only ever job for Doctor Who. It's a pity we never saw him do an alien world.

    Of course it still remains a children's programme. Sarah Jane adapts to the strange world very easily, without any trauma, and the enemies in the Middle Ages all seem to be living in castles, a stone's throw apart.