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Synopsis


Romana and K9 in E-Space
Romana and K9 in E-Space
 A strange creature forces its way into the TARDIS while The Doctor is still searching for a way out of the alternative universe of E-Space. It steers them to an eerie white void where nothing seems to exist but the ruins of an old building - and a sinister spaceship with a desperate crew.

 The Doctor and his friends discover a gateway to the past and the future, a strange mirror guarded by axe-wielding robots. The being that has brought them here is Biroc, a Tharil, one of a race of time-sensitives doomed to be hunted and enslaved. Biroc seeks freedom for his people, while the captain of the spaceship seeks only a way out - and will kill every Tharil he holds in an attempt to break free.

 Time is running out as the void begins to contract. The Gateway seems to offer the only way out – but even if they find a way through, will The Doctor and his friends ever escape E-Space?

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General Information

Season: Eighteen
Production Code: 5S
Story Number: 113
Episode Numbers:542 - 545
Number of Episodes: 4
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:"The Dream Time", "Dream Time"
Production Dates: September - October 1980
Broadcast Started: 03 January 1981
Broadcast Finished: 24 January 1981
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Television Centre (TC1 and TC6)
Location: Powis Castle (Welshpool, Powys) - Stills only
Writer:Steve Gallagher
Directors:Paul Joyce and Graeme Harper (Uncredited)
Producer:John Nathan-Turner
Executive Producer:Barry Letts
Script Editor:Christopher H Bidmead
Editor:Rod Waldron
Production Assistant:Graeme Harper
Production Unit Manager:Angela Smith
Assistant Floor Manager:Val McCrimmon
Designer:Graeme Story
Costume Designer:June Hudson
Make-Up Designer:Pauline Cox
Cameraman:Alec Wheal
Incidental Music:Peter Howell
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Dick Mills
Studio Sounds:Alan Fogg
Lighting:John Dixon
Visual Effects:Mat Irvine
Title Sequence:Sid Sutton
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Peter Howell
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Tom Baker (The Fourth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 3The Companions: John Leeson (voice only) (K9 Mk II) (Departs), Lalla Ward (Romana 2) (Departs) and Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) Additional Cast: Clifford Rose (Rorvik), Kenneth Cope (Packard), David Kincaid (Lane), Freddie Earlle (Aldo), Harry Waters (Royce), David Weston (Biroc), Vincent Pickering (Sagan), Robert Vowles (Gundan), Jeremy Gittins (Lazlo)Setting: Zero coordinates, The Gateway Villain:Captain Rorvik

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
542Part 103 January 198122'54"7.1PAL 2" colour videotape
543Part 210 January 198123'47"6.7PAL 2" colour videotape
544Part 317 January 198122'15"8.3PAL 2" colour videotape
545Part 424 January 198124'53"7.8PAL 2" colour videotape

Total Duration 1 Hour 34 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 7.5
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (1998)74.27%  (Position = 42 out of 159)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2003)390 Points (Position = 42 out of 159)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)72.10% Lower (Position = 81 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)71.42% Lower (Position = 115 out of 241)


Archives


 All four episodes exist as PAL 2" colour videotapes.



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Notes


This story is the third and final of three loosely connected stories known as the "E-Space trilogy". This trilogy began in "Full Circle" and continued in "State of Decay".

This story also marked two significant changes to the show: the departure of Romana (as played by Lalla Ward) and the final regular appearance of K9 (voiced by John Leeson).

Romana’s reason for remaining in E-Space was due to her not wishing to return to the Time Lords or Gallifrey. She takes K9 with her, whose memory wafers have been replaced and recovered to function past the mirrors.

Romana was seen again in the Twentieth Anniversary Special, "The Five Doctors", in 1983 (via footage of her and the Fourth Doctor from the unaired 1980 story "Shada"). Lalla Ward also returned briefly for the Thirtieth-Anniversary Children In Need special "Dimensions in Time", in 1993. She also reprised the part of Romana in several instalments of Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio series: The Main Range stories "The Apocalypse Element", "Neverland", "Zagreus" and "The Chaos Pool" (Simultaneously assuming her original role as Astra from "The Armageddon Factor"); the Companion Chronicles series and the Gallifrey stories. The latter of which has Romana as the newest President of Gallifrey and working with Leela and the Mk 1 version of K9. Lalla Ward also reprises her role as Romana in Big Finish Production’s audio remake of the unfinished story "Shada". She also played a thinly-disguised version of Romana for two audio plays from BBV in 1999. Lalla Ward continued performing in programmes such as Schoolgirl Chums and Riviera, as well as various stage plays, but Lalla Ward’s career as an actress was gradually eclipsed by her work as an illustrator.

Lalla Ward’s incarnation of Romana has also appeared in the Virgin Books’ The New Adventures novels "Blood Harvest" (where Romana is retrieved from E-Space by The Doctor), "Goth Opera", and "Lungbarrow", before regenerating into a new body for the BBC Books’ The Eighth Doctor Stories novel "The Shadows of Avalon". Most of these stories depict her post-E-Space life, back on Gallifrey and serving as the President of the Time Lords.

Lalla Ward married Tom Baker after leaving the show. The two however, were married for only 18 months. Lalla Ward is one of two former companions to ever be married to an actor who played The Doctor. The other was Jean Marsh, who played the First Doctor’s companion, Sara Kingdom, and was married to Jon Pertwee, although this marriage occurred prior to Jon Pertwee landing the role of the Third Doctor.

John Leeson, who had previously left the show at the end of Season Sixteen, returned for Season Eighteen on the understanding that K9 would be written out towards the end of this season. John Leeson went on to appear in programmes such as Sorry!, Bugs and Doctors, while remaining in frequent demand for voice work. He returned, voicing K9 (Mk III and Mk IV), for the 1981 spin off-story "K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend" as well as for the Twentieth Anniversary Special, "The Five Doctors", in 1983 and the Thirtieth-Anniversary Children In Need special "Dimensions in Time", in 1993. John Leeson also had a minor role in the 1988 Seventh Doctor story "Remembrance of the Daleks". He also was involved in various audios for Big Finish Productions and BBV. John Leeson finally returned to the televised show when he voiced K9 in 2006 Tenth Doctor story "School Reunion" - a story which also included Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith. John Leeson again provided the voice of K9 in the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, again starring Elizabeth Sladen, and in the 2008 Tenth Doctor story and Season Thirty (New Series 4) finale "The Stolen Earth/Journey's End".

This story replaced a draft story called "Sealed Orders" by Christopher Priest, which also focused on the Time Lords wanting Romana to return to Gallifrey.

In Christopher Priest’s version of the final chapter of the E-Space trilogy, The Doctor and Romana would have exited E-Space via a political thriller involving Gallifrey and would have dealt more directly with Romana’s failure to return to her home planet following her temporary assignment to find The Key to Time.

The story that eventually became "Warriors' Gate" was written by Stephen Gallagher, a long time Doctor Who fan who had written science-fiction radio plays such as "The Last Rose of Summer" (which he had also novelised). Stephen Gallagher had come to Script Editor Christopher H Bidmead’s attention when his radio script "An Alternative to Suicide" was forwarded to the Doctor Who production office. Stephen Gallagher had prepared a Doctor Who storyline called "The Dream Time" (or simply "Dream Time"), which was based on unused concepts for a sequel to "The Last Rose of Summer".

The director assigned to this story was Paul Joyce, whose previous credits included a Play For Today (which he had also written). Paul Joyce envisaged making this story in the style of a feature film, and was enthusiastic about pushing the boundaries of what could be accomplished on a Doctor Who production.

However, as preproduction progressed, Paul Joyce became concerned that Stephen Gallagher’s inexperience in writing for television was resulting in scripts that would not translate well to a visual medium. As Stephen Gallagher had to move to duties on other programmes the final script was heavily re-written by Script Editor Christopher H Bidmead and Paul Joyce. However, the writing credit still went to Stephen Gallagher.

Though the basic elements of this story would remain in "Warrior's Gate", Christopher H Bidmead and Paul Joyce’s version of the scripts omitted elements like an opening sequence depicting an attack on the Privateer by an ‘Antonine Killer’ which led to the ship becoming trapped at the Gateway. A crewman named Nestor was excised (his lines being shared between Lane and Packard), while Waldo was rechristened Royce. The Gundans were originally Shoguns, while the Tharils had been Tharks, Thars, and Tharls. The latter was altered at a late stage on the suggestion of fan advisor Ian Levine, who pointed out that long time fans would confuse it with ‘Thals’, aliens who had appeared in the 1963 First Doctor story "The Daleks" and the 1973 Third Doctor story "Planet of the Daleks".

Paul Joyce had little experience directing for television, and had considerable disagreements with John Nathan-Turner and lighting director John Dixon. By the time the second studio session began in October 1980, the strenuous production was visibly taking its toll on Paul Joyce. Also, the production was hit by a strike of the BBC carpenters, which further delayed matters.

This resulted in only about half of the production being directed by Paul Joyce with the remainder directed (without an on-screen credit) by Production Assistant Graeme with assistance from John Nathan-Turner. Graeme Harper would go on to direct several later stories, beginning with the 1984 Fifth Doctor story "The Caves of Androzani".

Paul Joyce did not return to direct any future Doctor Who stories. His subsequent credits include Tickets For The Titanic.

Despite the chaos surrounding the making of "Warriors' Gate", it has been reported that John Nathan-Turner was delighted with the finished story.

Background photographs utilised in many sequences were taken at Powis Castle, Welshpool.

During the summer of 1980 word that both Romana and K9 would be leaving Doctor Who had been leaked to the press. The robot dog’s departure, in particular, incited an outcry from fans, with The Sun newspaper even embarking upon a ‘Save K9’ letter-writing campaign. Despite this K9 would still be written out of the show at the conclusion of this story. K9 therefore only appeared in twenty of this season’s twenty-eight episodes as was originally planned.

This story was actually promoted in Radio Times as the first in a new season of Doctor Who. This was due to the fact that, unusually, Season Eighteen had broken for two Saturdays over the Christmas holiday period.

Kenneth Cope, who plays Rorvik’s second in command Packard, had previously played the ghostly detective Marty Hopkirk in the sixties series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), amongst many other notable roles.

Lazlo, the Tharil prisoner revived towards the end of the second episode, is never referred to by name in the story’s dialogue; his name is given only in the closing credits.

This story is set at Zero coordinates - a plain surface micro-universe at the boundary of E-Space and N-Space that had been created to serve as a defensive perimeter for the Tharil Empire.

Tharils are not affected by the Time winds and can walk the timelines. It is also revealed that Humans use enslaved Tharils to navigate hyperspace, effectively travelling in time. A Tharil can walk the wind unharmed. The Tharil Empire used to exist in E-Space, raiding N-Space for human slaves, but the humans created the Gundans, who breached the Gate and then destroyed their Empire.

Rorvik’s spaceship is made of Dwarf star alloy, the only material that can hold time sensitives such as the Tharils.

Look out for the scene in the TARDIS as The Doctor’s multi-coloured scarf can be seen on the hatstand.

This story contains a number of errors: In episode two, a Gundan’s axe falls onto The Doctor’s back, apparently without harming him; Adric is seen taking one of K9’s ears, but when the dog arrives at The Doctor, he’s got both; When Packard swings K9 overhead, its hollow interior is visible, it is also visible momentarily before the time winds damage him.

A novelisation of this story was written by Stephen Gallagher under the pseudonym "John Lydecker". It was published by Target Books in April 1982. The novelisation contains many elements abandoned during the stories production, including the slaver’s opening pursuit and damage at the paws of an Antonine Killer craft. This release, along with novelisation of the 1983 Fifth Doctor story "Terminus" (also written under the pseudonym "John Lydecker") are the only novelisations without chapters.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by Steve Gallagher.

 The first Doctor Who story to be directed by Paul Joyce.

 The first use of feline aliens.


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 Lalla Ward's last story as the second incarnation of Romana.

 John Leeson’s last regular story as the voice of K9.

 The last of three loosely connected stories known as the E-Space Trilogy.

 The last Doctor Who story to be directed by Paul Joyce.


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Story Images

Show Text
The Doctor and Romana
The Doctor and Romana
Biroc and The Doctor
Biroc and The Doctor
Rorvik
Rorvik
Romana and Adric
Romana and Adric
 
Biroc Running in the Void
Biroc Running in the Void
Biroc
Biroc
The Doctor and Romana with Biroc
The Doctor and Romana with Biroc
The Doctor with Rorvik's Crew
The Doctor with Rorvik's Crew
 
The Gate
The Gate
The Burned-out Privateer Ship and The Gate
The Burned-out Privateer Ship and The Gate
Romana and K9 Stay in E-Space
Romana and K9 Stay in E-Space
Adric and The Doctor
Adric and The Doctor




Quote of the Story


 'Unless we work very closely together, we could be here until the crack of doom.'

The Doctor



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Audio
LP
Science-Fiction Sound Effects No. 261981REC 420Sound Effects
Audio
Tape
Science-Fiction Sound Effects No. 261981ZCM 420Sound Effects
Audio
LP
Doctor Who: The Music1983REC 462Music score
Audio
Tape
Doctor Who: The Music1983Music score
Audio
CD
Doctor Who - Earthshock - Classic Music From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 11992FLMCD 709Alister PearsonMusic score
Video
VHS
The Tom Baker YearsSeptember 1992BBCV 4839PhotoClip only Introduced and commented on by Tom Baker Double cassette release
Audio
CD
30 Years at the Radiophonic Workshop1993BBC CD 871Photo-montageSound effects
Video
VHS
Warriors' GateOctober 1997BBCV 6232Photo-montagePart of the "The E-Space Trilogy Boxed Set" box set (BBCV 6229) along with "Full Circle" and "State of Decay"
Video
DVD
Warriors' GateJanuary 2009BBCDVD 1835Photo-montagePart of the "The E-Space Trilogy Boxed Set" box set along with "Full Circle" and "State of Decay"
Audio
CD
sci-fi Sound EffectsApril 2013CD release of the Science-Fiction Sound Effects No 26 LP
Video
Blu-Ray
Doctor Who: The Collection - Season 18 (Limited Edition)Mar 2019BBCBD 0462Photo-montageBlu-Ray Limited Edition boxed set containing 7 specially restored stories


In Print

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)PublisherAuthorCover ArtRemarks
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the Warriors' GateApril 1982Target No. 71Steve Gallagher (under the pseudonym "John Lydecker")Andrew SkilleterISBN: 0-426-20146-9
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the Warriors' Gate1982Target No. 71Steve Gallagher (under the pseudonym "John Lydecker")Book: Andrew Skilleter
Box: Bill Donohoe
Re-released as part of The First Dr Who Gift Set
ISBN: 0-426-19270-2
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the Warriors' Gate1982Target No. 71Steve Gallagher (under the pseudonym "John Lydecker")Book: Andrew Skilleter
Box: Bill Donohoe
Re-released as part of The Second Dr Who Gift Set
ISBN: 0-426-19289-3
CD
CD
Warriors' GateApril 2019Target No. 71Steve Gallagher (under the pseudonym "John Lydecker")Andrew SkilleterAudio version of the Target Novel read by Jon Culshaw.
Doctor Who CMS Magazine (In Vision)Issue 50 (Released: April 1994)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveIssue 139 (Released: August 1988)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveIssue 315 (Released: April 2002)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 371 (Released: July 2006)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 499 (Released: June 2016)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 87 (Released: May 2012)

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John Leeson (voice only)
K9 Mk II
Lalla Ward
Romana 2
Matthew Waterhouse
Adric
   




On Release

Audio LP - Sound Effects No. 26
Audio LP - Sound Effects No. 26

BBC
AUDIO
Audio Tape - Sound Effects No. 26
Audio Tape - Sound Effects No. 26

BBC
AUDIO
Audio LP - Doctor Who: The Music
Audio LP - Doctor Who: The Music

BBC
AUDIO
Audio Tape - Doctor Who: The Music
Audio Tape - Doctor Who: The Music

BBC
AUDIO
   
Doctor Who - Earthshock CD Cover
Doctor Who - Earthshock CD Cover

Silva Screen
AUDIO
Tom Baker Years VHS Video Cover
Tom Baker Years VHS Video Cover

BBC
VIDEO
Sound Effects CD Cover
Sound Effects CD Cover

BBC
AUDIO
VHS Video Cover
VHS Video Cover

BBC
VIDEO
   
DVD Cover
DVD Cover

BBC
VIDEO
sci-fi Sound Effects
sci-fi Sound Effects

BBC
AUDIO
The Collection Season 18 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Cover
The Collection Season 18 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Cover

BBC
VIDEO



In Print

Target Book Cover
Target Book Cover

Target
NOVEL
The First Dr Who Gift Set
The First Dr Who Gift Set

Target
NOVEL
The Second Dr Who Gift Set
The Second Dr Who Gift Set

Target
NOVEL
Target Audio CD Cover
Target Audio CD Cover

BBC
CD
   



Magazines

Doctor Who CMS Magazine (In Vision): Issue 50
Doctor Who CMS Magazine (In Vision): Issue 50

CMS
Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 139
Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 139

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 315
Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 315

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 371
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 371

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 499
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 499

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 87
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 87

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