on 15 January 2012
I loved this story. The introduction to Sarah Jane Smith and The Sontarans (who are now 2 really popular characters) is phenominal. I love the way Sarah Jane is cautious of The Doctor at first and the connection with UNIT is excellent. I also love how it goes back in time, something they didn't really do in Pertwees era. I thoroughly enjoyed all four parts, which is quite rare for me. I think that if it had been any less or more parts it wouldn't have worked but four parts did. A great story at the beginning of a great season.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The first story from Jon Pertwee's final season as doctor who comes to dvd. this was originally released in 1989 on video, and all the episodes were edited together. Thus this is a welcome and long overdue re release, as it's no longer been edited.
In this four part story an alien called a sontaran crash lands his spaceship in medieval england, and teams up with a robber baron in a partnership of convenience. the sontaran's scheme will effect the future of the human race. can the doctor stop him? And what will he do about that journalist called sarah jane who stowed away in the tardis.
A solidly enjoyable story, with a superb performance from kevin lindsay as the alien. watch also for june brown as lady eleanor. she's better known for her eastenders work.
There are two easter eggs [one in the top left of the main menu and one in the bottom left of the second page of special features] a commentary, and a good documentary about the making of the story. this runs for half an hour, and has some very nice music. Also of note are the CGI effects you can choose to switch on and have replace the original effects. they are not intrusive and they make these sequences better.
A good package for a good little story
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2003
This is quite a good dr who story. The doc travels back in time to stop lynx from destroying the timeline of earth. Lynx has crashed his ship in medieval England and comes forward in time to steal scientists from a convention to help in his repairs. He needs to use a castle so he gives the bloke that owns the castle some guns, so that he can attack his neighbours and overtake their castle. June Brown aka Dot Branning nee Cotton is the neighbour. What would nasty nick say? I think it's quite humourous especially with the stink bombs and John Pertwee's funny facial expressions!
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2007
This very solid, enjoyable romp kicked off Jon Pertwee's final season in grand style. Sadly, the rest of the season sort of tailed off in a rather muted manner, but you knew you were on to a winner with this story as it had those redoubtable, dependable words at the beginning - written by Robert Holmes. Although unknown at the time of its broadcast, this was quite an epoch making story for the Doctor Who franchise. Not only did we see the introduction of the Sontarans, one of the all time most popular monsters, but we also witnessed the beginnings of Sarah Jane Smith, virtually unchallenged as most popular companion. Lis Sladen's performance is like a breath of fresh air in this story. I love her throw away line, when discussing with the Doctor all about time travel and all that it entails when she just suddenly says "I could murder a cup of tea". That yearning for normality! Wonderfully done.
Jon Pertwee is on sparkling form as the Doctor and there is a fine strong supporting cast in David Daker as the loutish Irongron and a nicely pitched almost comic turn by the late John J Carney as Irongron's dim witted sidekick Bloodaxe. Kevin Lindsey, sadly also now no longer with us, is just deliciously malevolent as Linx the Sontaran, and there is some good old fashioned trouping from the likes of June Brown and Alan Rowe.
It will definitely be worth getting you hands on this DVD. The BBC Classic Doctor Who releases are always worth it!
On a final note, please watch out for one of the worst actors ever to appear in Doctor Who - Steve Brunswick (never heard of again) plays a sentry and his stilted dialogue and embarrassing pretend laughing is worth hitting the repeat button for. Trust me on this one...
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2009
There is some good acting here. The story is typical Dr. Who - wild, crazy. A spaceman lands in Medieval England and starts kidnapping scientists from 20th Century England to help him repair his space ship at a Medieval castle.