Written by: Robert Holmes.
Companions: The Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, the Brigadier.
Monsters/Villains: Linx (Sontaran), Irongron.
Brief Synopsis: In the Thirteenth Century a Sontaran is stealing scientists to repair is crashed spaceship.
"A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting."
This story's got a lot to say for itself: we've got a new set of titles (which just happens to be my favourite), a new companion, a new recurring alien race, a fantastic sci-fi/historical plot and we finally learn the name of the Doctor's home planet, all in all it's a cracking start to Pertwee's last season. I'm just sad it's nearly all over for my favourite Doctor.
|My favourite Who titles sequence.|
We should start with Sarah Jane Smith, the new companion; she's a real evolution from Jo Grant. Sarah Jane's character was envisaged to be someone to have a positive effect on the story. Where Jo might scream, Sarah would investigate. Where Jo would agree, Sarah might question. Where Jo might need rescuing, Sarah could come to the rescue. It took time for Jo Grant's character to find her way and grow up and by her departure she had certainly come a long way but Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah is excellent from the get go. Sure the stuff about being a journalist seems a little obvious, and caricature, but we soon bypass that and get to the heart of Sarah: she's a curious, strong, independent and resourceful woman.
|Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.|
We've got a new villainous race on our hands too; well one of them at least. Linx is a Sontaran. A war loving clone-race of potato-head looking soldiers with hatchings of 1 million cadets at each muster parade.
Who knew back in 1973 that they would become a recurring adversary of the Doctor, and one would even almost make it to companion status. We also get a mention of the millenia long war between the Sontarans and the Rutans, who would eventually appear in 1977 opposite Tom Baker's Doctor.
|Kevin Lindsey as Linx.|
|Strax, the Doctor's Sontaran Butler/Nurse.|
|David Daker as Irongron.|
|Peckforton Castle, principal location for The Time Warrior|
and a rather unfortunate wedding.
|June Brown as Lady Elanor.|