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CHRISTEL: “YES! The first-ever Sontaran episode.”

MILES: “Oh, wow. I love that it’s just the one Sontaran. Like they did with Dalek [2005]. Then they’ll introduce millions…?”

SAM: “I like that the helmet’s staying on. They’re holding back. Some of the effects are a bit creaky – Linx’s ray gun – but that’s fine. All things considered, it’s a nice opener.”

Hundreds of years later, it’s the 1970s – or thereabouts – and the Third Doctor’s been asked by UNIT’s Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart to investigate the disappearance of half a dozen leading scientists and millions of quids’ worth of space hardware from a top-secret research facility. Miles has only seen this Doctor once before: in his 1970 debut, Spearhead from Space.

MILES: “He’s changed. He feels like a university professor now. Or quite militant, in the khaki-green jacket – the same shade as the Brigadier’s.”

SAM: “Yeah, he seems very in-step with the Brig.”

MILES: “This Doctor’s got authority, and he’s not afraid to flaunt it. It’s not quite ‘Would you be my new best friends?’”

ANT: “I really, really like him, though.

He definitely has charisma. And I love his wardrobe. Very Ollivander.” Then, as if by magic, in walks Sarah Jane Smith – an investigative journalist who’s infiltrated the research facility by masquerading as her virologist aunt.

MILES: “WOW! Oh my God, she’s fantastic. She looks so young. And her voice is different. It’s posher. But she’s still, like, undeniably her. Where’s her Time Lord tech? The super-computer in her attic. K9. The sonic lipstick.”

CHRISTEL: “Okay… that’s a lot later.”

MILES: “How did she get it? Did she steal the tech from this place?”


MILES: “Well, it’s so cool to see that this was the beginning of all that. A simple handshake. ‘How do you do, Miss Smith?’”

The Doctor rumbles Sarah’s true identity, but he ain’t no grass. Besides, he’s thirsty. “You can make yourself useful,” he tells her. “We need somebody around here to make the coffee.” The Time Team’s eyes widen. So do Sarah’s: “If you think I’m going to spend my time making cups of coffee for you –!”

CHRISTEL: “I’m glad that she stands up for herself.”

ANT: “But it’s written to make her look silly for complaining. ‘Oh look, she’s making a fuss.’ It’s patronising. Also, the show’s response to feminism is to make the Doctor sexist?! Why do that?”

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SERIES 11 COMPANIONS MANDIP GILL AND TOSIN COLE WRITE FOR DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE! READ THEIR DOCTOR WHO DIARY IN THE LATEST ISSUE. Doctor Who Magazine 529 also includes: • Meet the writers and directors of Series 11 • An interview with Roy Scammell, who was part of Doctor Who's stunt team in the 1970s • The life and work of Don Harper, the composer responsible for the soundtrack to 1968 epic The Invasion • Big Finish's Lisa Bowerman answers questions from the TARDIS tin • Games company Gale Force 9 reveal the background to Time of the Daleks • A tribute to Alan Bennion, who played three Ice Warriors in the 1960s and 70s • Part Six of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Time Team watches three pseudo-historical Doctor Who stories • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2013 Eleventh Doctor story Hide • Third Doctor cosplay with Rob Lloyd • Previews, audio, DVD and game reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!