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Doctor Who - The Time Warrior [DVD]

Jon Pertwee , Elisabeth Sladen    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R20ZA6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,658 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Dating back to the mid-1970s, and starring Jon Pertwee in the title role, The Time Warrior is a superb part of Doctor Who's back catalogue, and is every bit as enjoyable today as it was back then.

Notable as much for introducing Elisebeth Sladen's iconic Sarah-Jane Smith to Doctor Who, The Time Warrior finds UNIT investigating the disappearance of a number of their top scientists. Soon, it appears that it's a Sontaran (surely one of the classic Doctor Who villains) to blame, who has been kidnapping said scientists and dragging them back in time. And it's up to the Doctor and his new companion to get to the bottom of it all.

Thus the scene is set for a Doctor Who adventure in the midst of medieval Britain, and a rollicking good one it is too. In spite of the fact that it was their first story together, the crackling chemistry between Pertwee and Sladen is there for all to enjoy, and courtesy of a cracking, twisty script, there's plenty to enjoy here. It's all aided by a supporting cast who more than do it all justice too, with Nicholas Courtenay's Brigadier aided by the likes of June Brown and Bella Emberg!

With a glimpse into the back story of the Doctor, and plenty of rewatch value too, The Time Warrior is an unmissable adventure in Doctor Who's heritage, and one that would be real folly to miss. --Jon Foster

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Journalist Sarah Jane Smith is impersonating her aunt, virologist Lavinia Smith, in order to gain access to a research centre where top scientists are being held in protective custody while UNIT investigates the disappearance of a number of their colleagues. The missing scientists have been kidnapped by a Sontaran, Linx, and taken back to medieval England, where they are working under hypnosis to repair his crashed spaceship.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
The Time Warrior is unique for several reasons. Firstly, it introduces us to Sarah Jane Smith superbly played by Elisabeth Sladen. Sarah Jane is one of the best of the Doctors companions and has also appeared in the new Doctor Who series (School Reunion) and now has her own spin of series The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Secondly, this story marks the first appearance of the Sontarans. Linx the Sontaran is played by the late Kevin Lindsey who gives an excellent performance. Kevin would reprise his role as a Sontaran in the Tom Baker story The Sontaran Experiment. The Sontarans would also go on to appear in The Invasion Of Time and The Two Doctors as well as numerous comic strips and novels.

Thirdly, this is the first time the story has been released in an unedited form. The picture looks superb so you can now get rid of your old edited video version.

So, all in all a great package with the usual entertaining commentary track - this time by Elizabeth Sladen, Terrence Dicks and Barry Letts who give a thoughtfull insight to the making of the story. It seems an age since the last Jon Pertwee dvd was released. I hope that next year more Pertwee stories will be released. How about Terror Of The Autons or The Silurians? Fingers crossed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To The Show, Sontarans. 7 Mar 2012
The Time Warrior, like Death to the Daleks is not a fan favourite and yet it is along with the aforementioned Death to the Daleks one of my favourite Doctor Who serials of all time. To start with, Robert Holmes writes one of his best pieces of work for Who here, his understanding of the programme and the brilliant work done on this story led to him being offered the role as Doctor Who's script editor for 4 years, thusly leading us into the greatest time of the show, the Tom Baker / Philip Hinchcliffe era. Secondly, Robert Holmes created what we know today of Time Lord mythology, he named the planet of the Time Lords, Gallifrey, and on top of that pretty much wrote the law of regeneration and Time Lord society.

What makes The Time Warrior so successful for me is the design work, Linx the Sontaran's costume in-particular. Along with other memorable monsters from the show, the Sontaran's design is simple, but very effective. As well as a great costume for Linx is a great actor to play him, Australian born Kevin Lindsay is one of Doctor Who's unsung hero's, his portrayal of Field Marshal Linx is inspiring. He plays Linx with such conviction as to make other actors portrayals of Sontaran's look terrible in comparison.

Elizabeth Sladen's Sarah Jane Smith has a brilliant introduction to the series. Liz plays Sarah with such charisma as to leave Jon Pertwee's Doctor confused as to who he has allowed stow away aboard his TARDIS. The Doctor, up until this point has never had such a strong and independent companion, this is why I believe that Sarah became so popular and in actual fact, probably the most popular companion ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Irongron's Star 26 Aug 2013
Lynx's spaceship falling from space to Earth is a lovely new-made CGI opening. It was a very good idea on someone's part to re-do many of the visual FX in this, because some of the originals really did not age well - Lynx's ship falling to Earth past Irongron's window, for instance, did look like a light being lowered on a piece of string. Not without reason, I suspect.

But aside from a tenuous grasp of visual FX, Alan Bromly has directed a very good story by Robert 'He-Doesn't-Like-Historicals-But-You'd-Never-Guess-By-The-Quality-Of-This-Script' Holmes, it's very finely acted, and filmed at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.

David Daker leads a strong cast and a murderous gang of bandits, seconded by John J Carney, an actor *designed* for playing fairly brainless sidekicks, and they form another great Holmsian double act - though they occasionally allow Kevin Lindsay to share their limelight. Meanwhile a young June Brown plays 'narrow hipped vixen' wife to Alan Rowe's parfait gentil knight, while Jeremy Bulloch (he'll be Boba Fett one day) twangs a bowstring as Hal the archer. There had to be one.

But it's Mr Lindsay in the title role, who steals the show
, producing the best Sontaran of the classic series - the original and best - the cliffhanger of Episode One, when he takes his helmet off, is still wonderful today, all thanks to Mr Lindsay's tongue. Linx is entirely plausible, a creature out on a limb but determined to get back to his war, whatever the cost. A fine piece of acting.

It is very funny. Not something I noticed when watching it aged 11, but for grown ups it's a hoot. The idea of a story having two levels like this is often talked about, but rarely achieved quite this well.
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This is my absolute favourite Third Doctor adventure and indeed it is the one I always reach for whenever I want to see why my ex-wife had such a crush on Jon Pertwee. Not that I am torturing myself in any way, far from it. In fact I can quite see the attraction myself. I'm more interested in Linx actually, given the fact that he was the character from this story that I myself was more often compared to. And not very favourably either. The guy has no neck, no personality and looks like someone who might be out drumming up business for the Potato Council. And I'm sure I've been insulted.

The writing of this four-part story is excellent. Most of the action takes place in the middle ages where our rather handsome Sontaran friend has managed to crash land and from where he is intent on growing his collection of 20th century scientists and equipment. He manages to sweet-talk Irongron (a local troublemaker and obviously an ancestor of Michael Elphick's mate Harry in 'Boon') into allowing him a place in which to repair his ship unhindered in return for weapons and the secrets of his skincare regime. Or something like that. Every scene with Irongron is a delight, even if his sidekick Bloodaxe is rather a wooden one. Irongron is supposed to be one of the bad guys yet, given that he is infinitely more likeable than Linx, not to mention the fact that his main earthbound protagonist is a rather miserable pre-Dot Cotton June Brown, I think he's rather misunderstood. He's got Boba Fett out there intent on killing him for one thing, as well as the very real threat of getting splinters from his mate Bloodaxe.

The Brigadier makes a brief appearance in episode one, and he's as suave as ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ivanwho
A right merrie tale of robber rogues and stout yeomen, a fiery damsel never in distress, a toad-faced warrior fallen from the stars, and "a long-shanked rascal with a mighty nose"... Read more
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Published 1 month ago by damien ainsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars A master class.
If like many you think John Pertwee is the greatest Dr Who, then this DVD is for you.

The cast is wonderful, the story excellent and Pertwee is in a class of his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Watching
A good episode let down in the original version by some dodgy and/or lazy effects which have been fixed in the special edition, just make sure you switch them on before watching... Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Tugwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very good viewing. Had got it on video a long time age but now have updated it by getting it on dvd format. it see's the interduction of Sarah Jane Smith. Read more
Published 7 months ago by LESTAT
4.0 out of 5 stars Meet the Sontarans
I gave this adventure 4 stars, I like it as this was the story that introduced both the Sontarans and the amazing Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) one of the most popular and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I wanted this one really because it marked another turning-point in the Who chronology - the arrival not only of a new baddie but also the arrival of one of my favourite Comanions,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars The Time Warrior is timeless
When I bought this, it was mainly because of the price and I wanted another classic Doctor Who story to add to my collection. Read more
Published on 13 July 2012 by Doctorq96
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Sarah Jane and Hail Commander Jingo Linx!
This is the start of my review 'season' on the Doctor Who stories featuring the Sontarans (which are one of my favourite monsters, put up against Daleks, Cybermen, the Master, the... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2012 by Tim Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jane Starts Superbly
I loved this story. The introduction to Sarah Jane Smith and The Sontarans (who are now 2 really popular characters) is phenominal. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Mr. D. P. Metcalfe
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