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" You were the noblest Romana of them all..."
―The Doctor
Warriors' Gate
Series: Doctor Who -
TV Stories
Season Number: Season 18
Story Number: 114
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companions: Romana II (departure)
K-9 (departure)
Enemy: Captain Rorvik
Setting: Zero coordinates, The Gateway
Writer: Steve Gallagher
Director: Paul Joyce
Graeme Harper (uncredited)
Broadcast: 3rd January - 24th January 1980
Format: 4 25-minute episodes
Previous Story: State of Decay
Following Story: The Keeper of Traken



The TARDIS is hijacked in the vortex by a time sensitive Tharil named Biroc, and brought to a strange white void. Biroc wants to free the others of his race who are being transported in a slave ship, captained by Rorvik, which is also trapped in the Void. The only other thing present in the void is an ancient gateway leading to a decrepit banqueting hall.

This is the domain of the Tharils, who in a previous time were cruel masters to their human slaves but have now repented. The Humans built the Gundan robots to kill the Tharils, and this led to the latter race's downfall.

Rorvik tries to break through the gateway, and thereby gain access to N-Space, by blasting it with his engines. The blast is simply reflected back, however, destroying the ship and freeing its prisoners.

Romana and K9 elect to remain in E-Space to help liberate the remainder of the Tharil race, while the TARDIS - now occupied only by the Doctor and Adric - is able to return to N-Space.


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Story Notes

  • This is the final story in the 'E-Space Trilogy'.
  • The script development for this serial went through two distinct phases. Initially, the project was tackled by Christopher Priest. In 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. This script was called Sealed Orders, and presumably 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. After considerable time massaging this treatment, it was abandoned, to be replaced by a Steve Gallagher-penned effort called "Dream Time". Though the basic elements of this story would remain in Warrior's Gate, the final script was heavily re-written by script editor Christopher H. Bidmead and director Paul Joyce. Joyce would later claim that in fact the scripts were so much a product of his efforts that he, in fact, deserved the writing credit.
  • In addition to the difficulties surrounding the writing of this story, virtually every phase of the production of this serial was problematic. Tom Baker was particularly tetchy due both to his ongoing illness during the seasons and the departure of his then-lover, Lalla Ward, from the series. Both he and Ward were deeply displeased with their characterizations in the initial script — which was one of the reasons Paul Joyce became so heavily involved in the re-write. He couldn't get his stars to perform unless their script concerns were directly addressed. Meanwhile, Paul Joyce had little experience directing for television, and had considerable disagreements with John Nathan-Turner and lighting director John Dixon. Ultimately, only about half of the production was directed by Joyce, with most of the final half being tackled by credited production assistant, Graeme Harper. Also, the production was hit by a strike of the BBC carpenters, which further delayed matters.


  • Part 1 - 7.1 million viewers
  • Part 2 - 6.7 million viewers
  • Part 3 - 8.3 million viewers
  • Part 4 - 7.8 million viewers


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Filming Locations

Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • In part two, a Gundan's axe falls onto the Doctor's back, without harm.
  • In part three, a boom mike pokes out from behind the MZ.
  • Adric takes K9's ear, but when the computer arrives at the Doctor, he's got both.
  • When Packard swings K9 overhead, its hollow interior is visible, it is also visible momentairily before the time winds damage him.


DVD and Video Releases


Main article: Doctor Who and Warriors' Gate

External Links

  • BBC - Doctor Who - The Classic Series - Episode Guide: Warriors' Gate
  • Doctor Who Reference Guide - Detailed Synopsis - Warriors' Gate
  • Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time (Travel) - A Brief History of Time (Travel): Warriors' Gate
  • The Locations Guide to Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures: Story Locations - Warriors' Gate
  • TSV:37 Riders on the Time Winds - Understanding Warriors' Gate
Season 18
The Leisure Hive  • Meglos  • Full Circle  • State of Decay  • Warriors' Gate  • The Keeper of Traken  • Logopolis

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