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Welcome To The Show, Sontarans.,
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.
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Initial post: 26 Jul 2014 01:49:40 BDT
Timelord - 007 says:
Tooting great review my friend.
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