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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Jon Pertwee dvd ... and about time too, 4 Sep 2007
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Time Warrior [DVD] (DVD)
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine release, 7 Sep 2007
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Mr. C. J. Iredale "juxtapose" (London Town) - See all my reviews
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This is more like it! After the awful Timelash and Time Flight releases (from John Nathan Turner's woeful period when he was in charge of Doctor Who) this is a welcome release to the collection of BBC's Doctor Who dvds. The story is great fun, but the Special Features are of high standard and the interviews with Terence Dicks and Barry Letts really fleshes the backgound to the story out. The new CGI effects are good (esepcially in comparison to the 1973 special effects which as neither special or effective) and as purchase, it is a peach. The first episode is one of my earliers memories, and it has a special place in my list of fave Doctor Who stories. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining Pertwee story, 12 Aug 2009
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As the first story of Jon Pertwee's last season as the Doctor, The Time Warrior feels a lot fresher and slicker than any of the stories from the previous year. This is perhaps due to the cool new title sequence, which in my opinion is the best looking of all the titles to be used on the programme. Also the 4 part length is much more suited to the programme's format than the 6 parters which always felt overlong and padded. We are introduced to a new monster, The Sontarans, who would end up as one of the most memorable Dr Who monsters after the Daleks and Cybermen, a brand new companion, Sarah Jane Smith, who most fans regard as the best companion ever, and the stories' medieval setting is very unusual for this era of the show. The script is excellent, never boring, full of humourous dialogue (the Doctor is at one point referred to as " a long shanked knave with a mighty nose" and Sarah as " a narrow-hipped vixen"!), the characters of Irongron and Bloodaxe are a hilarious double-act, Linx the Sontaran is an excellent villain, and looks fantastic, by far the best looking version of a Sontaran featured on the series, and the historical period is well realised. Jon Pertwee is on good form here too, after looking a bit bored the previous year, and gets to do lots of swashbuckling and fighting. Lis Sladen as Sarah is phenomenal in her debut and this is actually one of her best performances. The story never outstays it's welcome, it looks great, the acting is brilliant all round and the dialogue is wonderful. The Time Warrior will probably have something to appeal to everyone. The quality of this DVD is also fantastic, with one of the sharpest picture qualities I've yet seen on a Dr Who DVD, plus there are some great extras too. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the time warrior, 13 July 2009
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FANTASTIC! A MUST BUY!
Those are the words I would use if I had to describe it to someone.
Irongron is fantastic and so is Linx. Some of the cliffhangers are sensational(especially the end of part 2 were Irongron holds an axe over the Doctor saying "He who strikes Irongron dies!").
It is surprising that they came up with such a good story since Roger Delgado(who played the Master) had just died, Jo Grant( the Doctor's assistant) had left in the previous story and John Pertwee( the Doctor) had just announced he would be leaving at the end of the season.
Overall a great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Sarah Jane and Hail Commander Jingo Linx!, 13 Jun 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Time Warrior [DVD] (DVD)
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 Slitheen, the Ood and the Sea Devils).

The first Sontaran story is 'The Time Warrior'. This is one of my favourite Sontaran stories (put together with 'The Two Doctors', 'The Sontaran Strategem'/'The Poison Sky', 'Heroes of Sontar' and 'The Five Companions' (subscribe with Big Finish if you want to get this one. It's really good).

But onto the story itself, it's a rip-roaring romp set in the Middle Ages based on a straight forward premise. An alien arrives in Medieval England and alters the time line by giving futuristic weapons to the natives, which the Doctor has to stop before it all goes worse. It's a clever approach to a story, and would you know it Robert Holmes the writer didn't even want to do it. Against writing anything to do with going back into history, Holmes comes up with a clever tale of a robber baron, castles, sieges of castles and to top of that introduces the first Sontaran we meet on screen, Commander Jingo Linx.

Before I talk about the Sontaran, this story is also the first time we meet lovely Sarah Jane Smith (played by ever-lovely Elisabeth Sladen). I bought this story back in 2007, and was eagerly waiting for the transmission of the first season of 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' on CBBC. It was great seeing Sarah Jane in this her first story, and she's come across as being very strong. Lis certainly enjoyed the script and used her character traits in that particular story as template for future stories, which goes to show what makes her a compelling and popular companion. She works extremely well with Jon Pertwee's elegant Doctor, and you could see the two working well together as a team (despite the fact she suspected him of being a villian, which I hoped she wouldn't by the end).

Now with the Sontaran, Commander Linx is certainly the epitome of Sontaran brutally and war-mongering attitude. 'Nasty, brutish and short' as the Doctor describes him, and he certainly shows it. Having no disregard for human life, Linx is determined to get his 'golf ball' ship (as Lis Sladen amusingly puts it), and return to the glorious warfare with the Rutans and nothing's going to stop. It's a great way to introduce a new monster by Robert Holmes, and I really enjoy the scenes Linx has with Irongron and Bloodaxe (the scruffy bunch who live in the robber baron's castle), and someone of his amusing (though somewhat offensive) remarks about warfare and how Sontarans clone themselves and produce a million cadets every hatching, and that they the 'secondary reproduction cycle of humans should be changed'.

As a period piece, the acting's top quality as Irongron and Bloodaxe come across as being very rugged and villainish (especially Irongron) who comes across as funny and scary at the same time. Bloodaxe seems to be the faithful servant to Irongron, even though he is quite dim.

As a DVD, the offering of bonus features is really good. I enjoyed the 'Beginning the End' documentary which features the making of 'The Time Warrior', the CGI effects version of the story replacing some of the dodging effects (including the blowing up of the castle) and the wonderful audio commentary by Lis Sladen, Barry Letts (Producer) and Terrance Dicks (Script Editor). I enjoyed the Coming Soon trailer for 'The Key to Time' DVD Boxset, which happens to be one of my favourite DVD boxsets as well a favourite Doctor Who season of mine.

So in total, 'The Time Warrior' is brilliant in two respects. The first story for Sarah Jane Smith and the first appearance of the Sontarans. Definitely worth seeing and highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To The Show, Sontarans., 7 Mar 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Time Warrior [DVD] (DVD)
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.

The DVD release has done this serial justice, after only being able to watch this story as a VHS movie that was edited, its lovely to finally see this story out on DVD, remastered and lovingly restored by the Doctor Who Restoration Team. The documentary is fascinating to say the least, Barry Letts, Terrance Dicks, Liz Sladen and other quest cast from this story come back to the location where the serial was show 30 years on. Their evident love of the programme shinning through. Its always a treat to watch these documentaries that the BBC put together these days for Doctor Who, they always manage to inform and entertain and this half-hour feature certainly doesn't disappoint.

Overall, a very good story finally released in full for the first time in nearly 20 years. Highly enjoyable romp with the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and of course Kevin Lindsay's Linx. Highly recommended by this avid viewer.

Thank you for your time in reading this review, its greatly appreciated.

M.B.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time - Warriors of the wasteland, 10 May 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Time Warrior [DVD] (DVD)
The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) story that introduced those potato headed warmongerers The Sontarans and even better the great Sarah-Jane Smith. The makeup is impressive for an early Seventies story, the performances great (Doctor Who stalwart David Daker produces a particularly fine performance as Medieval numbskull Irongron) and the location work makes a nice change from previous studio-bound stories. All in all this is one of the Pertwee era's better efforts.

DVD extras include an audio commentary, an insightful making-of, and an updated version of the originally transmitted story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Here Comes Sarah!", 15 April 2008
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A great debut for both Lis Sladen and classic monster the Sontarans. Sarah Jane Smith hits the ground running, telling off robber baron Irongron & organising a rescue mission. A funny sequence has her unwisely sharing her feminist views with a medieval Delia Smith! A terrific performance from Elisabeth Sladen.
The Sontaran of course has a head that looks like a cross between a troll and a potato. It covers actor Kevin Lindsay's face and yet still lets him give a strong performance! Best of all is his relationship with Irongron. They seem to hate and like each other at the same time. They have many memorable exchanges;

"Are they all so fair of face beyond the stars?"

"Do you think your primitive features are pleasing to me?"

David Daker gives a marvellous performance as Irongron, at the centre of 2 double acts, as well as Irongron & Lynx, there is Irongron & Bloodaxe his stupid second in command who thinks he's wonderful.

Pertwee now nearing the end of his time nonetheless makes the most of a fine Robert Holmes script where he gets many moments of charm and the chance to lead an attack.

"Begining the End" is a fine documentary about the making of the story and the changes for Pertwee's last year. Producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and Lis Sladen amongst other cast and crew give good memories of making the story and place it in context. Listen out for who they wanted 1st for Irongron!

Optional CGI special effects are done with their usual care and are definitely better for the explosion!

A fine commentary in which Lis Sladen is the star offers some extra memories and thoughts including Barry Letts being a fan of June Brown and the shortcomings of the story's director.

An info pod on Sontarans is a fun and easy to find easter egg. Good work 2 entertain-this one's for everyone!
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Number Of Firsts, 2 Jun 2007
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The Time Warrior is the first story of Jon Pertwee's final season as Doctor Who, it is also the best story of that year's worth of episodes.

The story is noteable for featuring a number of 'firsts', such as the appearance of the Doctor's companion Sarah Jane Smith, played by Elisabeth Sladen. Sarah would go on to become the most popular assistant for the Doctor ever, a viewpoint that still stands today. In many ways this is perhaps her most intense performance, here is a woman that is a firm believer in Women's Lib and independence and comes across as the strongest female character the show has ever seen, I've always detected parallels of Sarah in Rose Tyler and it's interesting that when they meet in 'School Reunion' Sarah wins the battle between them and puts Rose in her place.
Elisabeth Sladen's portrayal drives the story in many ways and sets the pattern of what was to come, although she mellowed slightly from the next story onwards. From a fiction point of view the adventure is told through the eyes of Sarah, she as a new character is the focal point with the various plot strands all coming together as a result of her actions.

This is also the first appearance of the Sontarans, the only top five enemy of the Doctor to be created in the 70's, joining the likes of the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Ice Warriors etc. This is also the best portrayal of the creatures in the series, Kevin Lindsay the actor is quite simply wonderful in the part and it's no surprise that he was asked back the following season to play another character in the Sontaran race.

The Time Warrior has the destinction of being the first story to actually give a name to the Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey and while this does not have any bearing on the plot it's a lovely little touch and would have a massive influence on the series from then on.

The use of historical settings in Doctor Who had been phased out during the Patrick Troughton days and here it makes a return after several years, it looks as if some money was actually spent on the show as the location work compliments the story and gives the feel of the 1300's by being shot in real castles and surrounding woodland.

Jon Pertwee was always excellent as the Doctor and here we see a new side to him, he is more quiet, reserved and moody then he ever was before. He knew that this was the beginning of his last season as the Doctor and the death of his friend Roger Delgado and the departure of most of his co-stars must have convinced him to reluctantly move on, but he used this reluctant attitude in his playing of the Doctor to create a new facet to his character, there is a genuine feeling of doom and sadness which is refreshing, change was on the way.

The special features include a commentary track by Elisabeth Sladen, Barry Letts, the producer and Terrance Dicks who served as script editor. There is a documentary entitled 'Beginning the End' that is essential a making off... shot at the original location, there are original BBC Trails and continuities and the usual photo gallery. The whole story as been treated to a substantial amount of CGI, replacing the 1970's special effects with more modern versions, this is an optional alternative of the story, the original being played by the automatic default.

All in all this is a solid well made story that will never top any 'Best of...' polls but is simply good entertainment and drama and has put this DVD range back on track after the rather lame previous release of Doctor Who DVD's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ivanwho, 29 Jun 2014
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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" questing through Time - from Gallifrey! 5*

What Sir Walter Scott did with `Ivanhoe', Robert Holmes did here with `Doctor Who' - created an exhilarating medieval adventure with archetypal characters in an exciting new story. To add science fiction to the mix, he created the ultra-militaristic Sontaran commander Linx, crash-landed in England around 1200 A.D., a terrific costume, makeup, and performance by Kevin Lindsay. With his damaged spacecraft needing repair, Linx uses his `osmic projector' to kidnap scientists from the 20th century and offers alliance to Irongron, the local robber baron, to use his (stolen) castle as a base in exchange for new weapons. Linx simply wants to return to his war with the Rutans, he is recklessly unconcerned about changing Earth history - but the Doctor is determined to stop him. This story is also famous for containing the first ever mention of Gallifrey - just one of many facts about the Time Lords originally introduced by Robert Holmes in his various stories.

`The Time Warrior' has a brilliant script which is both exciting and often very funny, a great cast of actors giving it their all, reels of quality location filming in the greenwood and castles of olde England and superb sets and costumes. It was a marvellous opening story for Jon Pertwee's final season and he is on top form (with some help from his stuntman), playing our hero at his most dashing. He fights hand-to-hand with the Sontaran and Irongron, hob-nobs with the local earl "a courtly rogue!" and fights off an assault on his castle by using "superior stink-bombs", swings a broadsword and even swings from a chandelier in the best Errol Flynn manner.

Elizabeth Sladen is perfect as Sarah Jane Smith from her very first scene, a clever, independent character in probably the best storyline she was ever given. From being a stowaway on the TARDIS, convinced the Doctor is the villain!, she is right at the centre of the action throughout, shaping events and gradually coming to trust the Doctor completely - a new companion has arrived. There's a fun scene early on where she explodes when the Doctor says she can be useful by making the coffee! It's sometimes suggested this is the Doctor being sexist - but in fact he's deliberately winding Sarah Jane up because he knows she has gatecrashed UNIT H.Q. by impersonating her aunt Lavinia, a scientist whose work the Doctor respects. On the DVD commentary Elizabeth Sladen talks movingly about what a welcoming and generous actor Jon Pertwee was towards not only his new `companion' but to all the guest actors.

Equality is a running theme in this story, handled with Robert Holmes' trademark wit. We see it again with Edward of Wessex, an honest but rather `wet' nobleman (Alan Rowe) and his determined wife Eleanor (June Brown). He seems to despair too easily at his lack of knights, all gone to the Crusades except for Hal the bowman (Jeremy Bulloch). Eleanor is all for direct action against Irongron by any means: "Will you mix a magic potion and poison the dog?" she asks the Doctor hopefully.

David Daker and John Carney play Irongron and his henchman Bloodaxe with splendidly larger than life, sword-swinging shoutiness. Both scoundrels firmly believe that Irongron is a military genius, they're both wrong. Bloodaxe will never be mistaken for any kind of genius, a dim sidekick he is and like another dim sidekick of the future he even uses the phrase "a cunning plan"! The two human villains combine medieval menace and humour, with excellent writing and performances. The Doctor gets a second, temporary companion for this story in the shape of Professor Rubeish (Donald Pelmear), who seems remarkably unfazed about being kidnapped by a time-travelling Sontaran!

The only failings in this story when first broadcast were some of the special effects. There aren't many, it's a costume drama, but the arrival of Linx's spaceship and the final big bang were a tennis ball on a wire and stock footage of a quarrying explosion - and they looked it. I certainly didn't notice in 1973 but on the VHS they were all too obvious. Happily, the DVD production team have created excellent new special effects that give these key moments in the story the impact they deserve, and enhance the few other effects as well, mostly shots from Linx's energy weapon. Turn the new effects on from `Special Features'. The DVD restored picture quality is also much better than the VHS.

Verily, `tis a noble DVD and I bestow upon it the five stars of chivalry!

DVD Special Features:
The commentary is excellent, with Elizabeth Sladen, producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks, full of memories not only of this story but of the Jon Pertwee years and how the team prepared for the end of an era.
`Beginning the End' - a really good `making of' feature, filmed partly back on location and with a great set of contributors.
CGI Effects - some are subtle, some are major improvements, very well done.
Photo Gallery - an especially good photo gallery is provided on this release with many `behind the scenes' pictures.
Two `Easter eggs', both are enjoyable.
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