114) WARRIOR'S GATE

3 - 24 January 1981

Average Viewing Figure: 7.5M

Plot

Still trapped in E-Space, The Doctor, and his companions land at the Gateway where dark secrets will be unveiled 

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Clifford Rose (Rorvik), Kenneth Cope (Packard)

David Kincaid (Lane), Freddie Earlle (Aldo), Harry Waters (Royce), David Weston (Biroc), Vincent Pickering (Sagan)

Jeremy Gittins (Lazlo), Robert Vowles (Gundan), John Leeson (Voice of K-9)

Uncredited Cast

Joe Santo, Carl Bohun, Andy Hart, James Muir, Michael Gordon-Browne, Laurie Goode, Stephen Frost, Mark Arden (Tharils)

Mike Mungarvan (Crewman (Kilroy), Derek Chafer, Pat Gorman, Carl More, George Gordon, Terry Saratine, Brian Moorhead

Maurice Connor, John Blackman, Chris Michelle, Tony Pryor (Gundan), Robin McPherson (Crewman)

Erika Spotswood (Female Tharil), Marianne Lawrence (Servant)

Crew

Steve Gallagher (Writer), Peter Howell (Incidental Music), Dick Mills (Special Sound), Graeme Harper (Production Assistant)

Angela Smith (Production Unit Manager), Joyce Stansfield (Director's Assistant), Val McCrimmon (Assistant Floor Manager)

Mat Irvine (Visual Effects Designer), Robin Lobb (Video Effects), Jim Stephens, Paul Del Bravo (Vision Mixers), John Dean (Technical Manager)

Alec Wheal (Senior Cameraman), Rod Waldron (Video-Tape Editor), John Dixon (Lighting), Alan Fogg (Sound), June Hudson (Costume Designer)

Pauline Cox (Make-Up Artist), Christopher H Bidmead (Script Editor), Sid Sutton (Title Sequence), Graeme Story (Designer)

Barry Letts (Executive Producer), John Nathan-Turner (Producer), Paul Joyce (Director)

Uncredited Crew

Dave Murphy (Studio Engineer), Gery Borrows, Gordon Phillipson (Grams Operator), Sarah Leigh (Costume Assistant)

Roger Harris (Design Assistant), Chick Hetherington, Harry Randall (Show Working Supervisors), Jane Judge (Production Secretary)

Cathy Burzac, Penny Ferguson, Caroline Gibbs, Lesley Holmes, Wendy Holmes, Helen Johnson, Jan Lee, Lisa Pickering,

Heather Squires (Make-Up Assistants), Katy Marshall, Laura Gilbert (Floor Assistants), Ian Hewett (Graphics), Gill Meredith (Props Buyer)

Charles Jeanes, Simon Tayler, Bryony Keating, Steve Lucas, Charlie Lumm (Effects Assistants), Gene Carr (Effects Cameraman)

Les Calder (Lighting Chargehand)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Television Centre: Studio 1

  • Television Centre: Studio 6

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

Deaths

  • Rorvik [killed in an explosion]

  • Packard [killed in an explosion]

  • Lane [killed in an explosion]

  • Aldo [killed in an explosion]

  • Royce [killed in an explosion]

  • Sagan [electrouced when wires touch him]

  • Kilroy [killed in an explosion]

  • Rorvik's Crew [killed in an explosion]

Production Days

  • 6 Days between Wednesday 24 September - Saturday 4 October 1980

Production Errors

  1. During part two, a Gundan's axe falls onto The Doctor's back, without ill effect or harm

  2. During part three, a boom microphone enters the shot when Lane informs Packard of Romana's escape 

  3. At one point, Adric takes K9's ear, but when K9 later meets The Doctor he has both of them 

  4. When Sagan attempts to revive the Tharils, some of them are supposedly dead. Some of them are still breathing 

Working Titles

  • The Dream Time 

Verdict

A budget saving serial does not necessarily mean it will be tacky if done right. Warriors’ Gate is a pure example that a budget saving serial can sometimes lead to utter disaster! The white void is a clear cost cutting exercise which although offers some nice visual designs does not make for good story telling and can be quite hard to watch for long periods of time. The castle designs are nice – always something the show gets right.  The best summary of the plot is  – two wrongs do not make a right. It could have been nice to see the episodes tackle the subjects of slavery and analyse the implications which come with it. The Thrails are supposed to be the victims of slavery, yet they clearly enslaved millions themselves. Just look at the way one Thrail pushes a serving girl away for making a mistake. How are we supposed to feel sorry for them when they themselves are not exactly innocent? No such resolutions or answers are provided which satisfy the Thrails enslavement to the humans. The writing can be very confusing at times as the scenes switch between past and present and is as exciting as watching a snail compete in a race. Nothing really happens for the first two episodes. The episode takes influence from the works of avant-garde director Jean Cocteau and are easily the best parts of the serial. The black and white surroundings makes for something new and are interesting to watch but they are surrounded by such dull production values.  As an end to the E-Space trilogy its not very good and is as dull as watching paint dry. **

Number of Production Days: 5