Doctor Who: Warrior’s Gate (1981)

UK, 3 January -24 January 1981
4 episodes, average 25m each
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: : State of Decay (1980)
Next Serial: Doctor Who: The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 18, episodes 17-20

A British television science fiction serial directed by Paul Joyce from scripts by Stephen Gallagher. It was the final part of the E-Space trilogy and saw the departure of Romana and .

Plot Summary

Biroc, a time-sensitive Tharil, hijacks the and takes into an eerie white void where others of his race are trapped on board a slave ship, held prisoner by Rorvik. The Tharils once ruled a vast empire but were overthrown by robots built by their human slaves. The last survivors of the Tharils now live in a crumbling banqueting hall accessible only through a stone gateway, the only feature in the white void.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Director: Paul Joyce [parts 1-4]
© BBC MCMLXXX [1980] [parts 1-4]
Executive Producer: Barry Letts [parts 1-4]
Producer: John Nathan-Turner [parts 1-4]
Production Unit Manager: Angela Smith [parts 1-4]
[Written] By: Steve Gallagher [parts 1-4]
Script Editor: Christopher H. Bidmead [parts 1-4]
Lighting: John Dixon [parts 1-4]
Senior Cameraman: Alec Wheal [parts 1-4]
Technical Manager: John Dean [parts 1-4]
Vision Mixer: Jim Stephens [parts 1-4]
Video-Tape Editor: Rod Waldron [parts 1-4]
Title Music by: Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop *
Title Music Arranged by: Peter Howell *
Incidental Music: Peter Howell [parts 1-4]
Sound: Alan Fogg [parts 1-4]
Special Sound: Dick Mills [parts 1-4]
Costume Designer: June Hudson [parts 1-4]
Make Up Artist: Pauline Cox [parts 1-4]
Visual Effects Designer: Mat Irvine [parts 1-4]
Video Effects: Robin Lobb [parts 1-4]
Title Sequence: Sid Sutton [parts 1-4]
Designer: Graeme Story [parts 1-4]
Production Assistant: Graeme Harper [parts 1-4]
Director's Assistant: Joyce Stansfield [parts 1-4]
Assistant Floor Manager: Val McCrimmon [parts 1-4]

Cast
Part One
Tom Baker (Doctor Who)
Lalla Ward (Romana)
Matthew Waterhouse ()
Clifford Rose (Clifford Rose)
Kenneth Cope (Packard)
David Kincaid (Lane)
Freddie Earle (Aldo)
Harry Waters (Royce)
David Weston (Biroc)
Vincent Pickering (Sagan)
Robert Vowles (Gundan)
John Leeson (voice of K9)

Part Two
Tom Baker (Doctor Who)
Lalla Ward (Romana)
Matthew Waterhouse (Adric)
Clifford Rose (Clifford Rose)
Kenneth Cope (Packard)
David Kincaid (Lane)
Freddie Earle (Aldo)
Harry Waters (Royce)
Vincent Pickering (Sagan)
Jeremy Gittins (Lazlo)
Robert Vowles (Gundan)
John Leeson (voice of K9)

Part Three
Tom Baker (Doctor Who)
Lalla Ward (Romana)
Matthew Waterhouse (Adric)
Clifford Rose (Clifford Rose)
Kenneth Cope (Packard)
David Kincaid (Lane)
Freddie Earle (Aldo)
Harry Waters (Royce)
Vincent Pickering (Sagan)
David Weston (Biroc)
Jeremy Gittins (Lazlo)
John Leeson (voice of K9)

Part Four
Tom Baker (Doctor Who)
Lalla Ward (Romana)
Matthew Waterhouse (Adric)
Clifford Rose (Clifford Rose)
Kenneth Cope (Packard)
David Kincaid (Lane)
Freddie Earle (Aldo)
Harry Waters (Royce)
Vincent Pickering (Sagan)
David Weston (Biroc)
Jeremy Gittins (Lazlo)
John Leeson (voice of K9)

Uncredited
Pat Gorman [second Gundan]
Pat Gorman, Mike Mungarvan, Erika Spotswood [Tharils]

Alternative Titles

Dream Time – working title

References

Books

  • Doctor Who Program Guide 25th Anniverary Edition by James C. Armstrong Jr, Michael L. Brown p.64 – credits, episode list
  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.392-394 – credits, synopsis, review