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Doctor Who: Bred for War - The Sontaran Collection (The Time Warrior / The Sontaran Experiment / The Invasion of Time / The Two Doctors) [DVD] [1973]

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Product details

  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Colin Baker, Patrick Troughton, Elisabeth Sladen
  • Directors: Dave Martin
  • Writers: Robert Holmes, Bob Baker, David Agnew
  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2008
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015083QM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,663 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

This superb Doctor Who box set contains all four stories featuring the alien species the Sontarans.

The Sontarans are the militaristic clone species from the planet Sontar who made their first appearance in 1973 in the Who serial "The Time Warrior".

They are tipped to re-appear in the new fourth series of Doctor Who.

Features four Sontaran stories: "The Time Warrior", "The Invasion Of Time", "The Two Doctors", and "The Sontaran Experiment".

Extras included:

Invasion of Time
Commentary -With actors Louise Jameson and John Leeson,
'Out of Time' - artistes and production crew recall the making of this story. With actors Louise Jameson, John Leeson, Chris Tranchell and Milton John
Deleted Scenes Deleted scenes from the film sequences for episodes five and six.
The Changing Face of Gallifrey: A look at how the portrayal of the Time Lords and their home planet of Gallifrey changed over the years.
The Elusive David Agnew Who is the mysterious David Agnew, the writer of this story? Script editors Terrance Dicks and Anthony Read try to get to the bottom of the mystery…
CGI Effects
Continuity BBC1 continuity announcements from the story's transmission.
Photo Gallery
Coming Soon trailer.
Easter Egg
Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format for viewing on PC or Mac.
Programme subtitles.

The Two Doctors
Commentary -With actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant
Behind the Sofa: Robert Holmes and Doctor Who
Beneath the Lights – 25 minute look behind the scenes
Beneath the Sun – 35 minute featurette on location in Spain
Adventures in Time & Spain
Wavelenght – half hour Radio 4 schools programme
Photo Gallery

The Sontaran Experiment
Commentary -With Elizabeth Sladen
Built For War – Documentary that looks into the development of the Sontaran, featuring contributions from Terrence Dicks, Elisabeth Sladen, Anthony Read, Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant.
Photo Gallery

Time Warrior
Commentary - Terrance Dicks and Elisabeth Sladen
Beginning the End - the interviews are shot at the story’s location of Peckforton Castle.
Trails and continuity
Stills gallery a Coming Soon trailer
A reproduction of the 1974 Doctor Who Annual
The Radio Times listings
The Time Warrior, a cover story both in PDF format.
Plus two Easter Eggs on this DVD


The Sontarans blasted back into the world of Doctor Who in 2008 after a prolonged absence, and immediately introduced a fresh generation to some of the most uncomplicated, yet dangerous villains that the Time Lord has ever had to face. Honourable warriors, and yet deadly to the last, this Bred For War boxset brings together the four stories featuring the Sontarans from the classic era of the show.

We’ll get the weakest one out of the way first. The Invasion Of Time is too long, and sees the worst depiction of the Sontarans in the show’s history. It’s a story with some merits, but it’s nowhere near the highlight of this box set.

Instead, it’s better to spend your attention on The Sontaran Experiment, a short adventure from the Tom Baker era. It’s flawed, but still very good, filmed entirely on location. This helps, and the adventure clearly benefits from breaking away from the usual maze of corridors.

The Time Warrior, which introduced the Sontarans for the first time, is the undoubted highlight here. Starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, and introducing Sarah-Jane Smith to the show, it’s a well-written, strongly-realised adventure, and a must for fans of the classic series.

The Two Doctors, meanwhile, stars Colin Baker and Patrick Troughton, and it’s a bit of a muddled affair. It’s great to see Patrick Troughton’s return to the show, and it’s certainly a harsher, slightly nastier adventure than we’re used to seeing from Doctor Who. But the narrative doesn’t gel particularly well, even though the Sontarans again prove themselves as one of the most underrated villains in the show’s history.

All of these stories have also enjoyed individual releases, but if any are missing from your collection, then the Bred For War box set is certainly worthy of your time. And let’s hope that we’ve not seen the last of the revived Sontarans either. The Doctor’s world might not be better with them in it, but on our side of the television, they’re one of the finest races of monsters he’s ever had to face.

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I am incredibly happy with my purchase of this item for many reasons:
- Its price could be compared to that of just a couple of single Doctor Who DVDs.
- It brings together every appearance of the sontaran on the classic era of the show. (Using modern boxsets I was able to have a complete Sontaran marathon.)
- It brought my total of classic Who DVDs up to ten and gave me my first (two) Tom Baker serials.
- The number of special features is phenomenal compared to early releases of episodes such as 'Spearhead from Space' and 'Remembrance of the Daleks'.
- Etc.

The Time Warrior was the first episode to feature a certain Miss Sarah Jane Smith and I found it to be an incredibly impressive piece of television standing up even now among modern television. With four episodes it was long enough to provide plenty of entertainment but not too long as to put off a viewer who's used to single 45 minute editions of the show. I think it was my favourite of the boxset and it made the best use of the Sontaran, even though there was only one.

The Sontaran Experiment is mildly entertaining yet I found myself slightly bored of it, but at a mere two-parts, I can easily see myself rewatching it in the future. The choice to have just one Sontaran (excluding a few on a screen) was probably a good one, as it worked so well the first time.

The Invasion of Time is disappointing to anyone buying the boxset as first-time viewers of these episodes. Although it was a six-parter, being part of the Sontaran boxset I was rather expecting them to pop up a bit earlier than the end of part four, and to have a little more substantial a role.
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For A Show that had low production values, The Early Encounters with the Sontarans proved to be some of the finnest produced for Television

First before i review all 4 of the Serials in this Boxset i would like to make a point that back when these stories were made they did not have the production values that the current series has and the script writers that has become known in Dr. Who's long legacy... Yet the Sontarans are more fearsome in these 4 Serials than they where in the 2-Part Adventure that Aired This May (I Admit "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky" had a great story to it. The Problem i Had was the Writers turning the Sontarans into an Intergelactic Rugby Team - complete with their own chant: SONTAR-HA-HA-HAAAA Don't Make Me Laugh...)

Now to the reviewing:
"THE TIME WARRIOR" Starring Jon Pertwee. (1973-1974)
This was the First Story of Season 11 - John Pertwee's Last Year ("Planet of the Spiders" is my favourite, Despite my Fear of Spiders :-)...)
and featured many firsts for the show - Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen) Began her adventures with the Time Lord in this story and ended her tenure with Tom Baker in "The Hand of Fear" (1976) Making her the longest serving Companion in the Shows History and would later tackle the Sontarans twice more - in the 3rd Serial of Season 12 "The Sontaran Experiment" and in the first Serial of The Sarah Jane Adventures Second Series "The Last Sontaran" (2008).
Speaking of the Sontarans, it also happens to be their first outing in the show.
As Well There is the first mention of the Rutans who would be refrenced in most future Sontaran Stories and would appear as a green blob in "The Horror of Fang Rock" (1977).
Also there is a first for the Doctor as Well...
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The Bred for War box set is a real gem for doctor who fans eager to build up their collections, similar to the Beginning and New Beginnings box sets. All four stories are a good insight into the development of the villain from menacing character in The Time Warrior to the slightly weaker form they come in within the Two Doctors.
It also shows the development of our intrepid hero and his assistants, for instance the first story smoothly introduces us to Sarah Jane Smith. Also from Pertwee to Baker (Colin) it is easy to see the direction it was going, as The Two Doctors is probably the weakest of the stories.
Along with this there are some interesting extras including Jim'll Fix It with a special episode for a young fan, and a documentary including Terrance Dicks explaining the genesis of the Sontarans.
This is great for someone who likes to buy adventures in a bundle but if you already have them then there is nothing new except the artwork, also good for parents with kids who are fans of the new series.
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If you're a regular buyer of the classic 'Doctor Who' DVD range, 'Bred for War' is unlikely to have much to offer you - this is a simple repackaging of four earlier releases, comprising every story from the classic series featuring the Sontarans, one of the Doctor's most fondly remembered enemies.

'The Time Warrior' stars Jon Pertwee, with Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah-Jane Smith, in an adventure that sees the Time Lord propelled back through time to the Middle Ages, where robber-baron Irongron has struck an uneasy alliance with a powerful Sontaran warrior named Linx, who is kidnapping scientists from the future in order to repair his damaged spacecraft. Although not one of Pertwee's best stories, this is a hugely enjoyable romp nonetheless, with some fantastic location filming and a good eye for period detail. Meanwhile, 1975's 'The Sontaran Experiment' is a two-part adventure from Tom Baker's first season as the Doctor, set on a barren future Earth after humanity has fled to the stars. A survey team is being menaced by a mysterious assailant, who is conducting terrible experiments to assess the feasibility of an invasion. This is a particular favourite of mine - it's an exciting adventure, with a small cast of characters and a memorable performance from Kevin Lindsay as the Doctor's Sontaran nemesis, Styre.

'The Invasion of Time' from 1977 also stars Tom Baker, with Louise Jameson as Leela. The Doctor has apparently abused his position as President of the Time Lords to enable an invasion, but all is not as it seems. The Sontarans are absent until the final third of this six-part epic, but despite that, it's still an entertaining tale, and one that's notable for building on Time Lord mythology.
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