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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] 
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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".
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…
Continuity BBC1 continuity announcements from the story's transmission.
Coming Soon trailer.
Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format for viewing on PC or Mac.
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
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.
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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- 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'.
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. Nevertheless, the Doctor's attitude at the beginning and the revelation of his motives were clever parts which I didn't really see coming so not a bad story overall.
The Two Doctors is probably my second favourite of the four stories not because of its use of Sontaran or probably even the story, but as this was the first story I watched to properly introduce me to the Second and Sixth Doctors as well as Jamie and Peri, all of whom have become favourites of mine from the classic series. The Spanish location of the filiming, while uneccessary, proved a pleasing treat for the eyes after much studio-bound adventuring from The Invasion of Time.
Put together, this boxset is definitely worth buying for any Whovian, old or new. Well worth the money.
Great value for the price, this is the last DVD I needed to complete my Dr Who collection.
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I would say ‘the time warrior’ is the strongest of the 4 stories.
Prompt delivery, good value and required to complete collection
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