BBCDVD 1811 Doctor Who - The Sontaran experiment by Bob Baker / Dave Martin

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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 1811
TitleDoctor Who - The Sontaran experiment
Artist(s)Bob Baker / Dave Martin
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label code-
Item deleted?No
Distributed / printed by2 entertain
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesA0100735157-A911 18 IFPI L556 Sony DADC
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1Part 124.27
A2Part 225.00
A3Built for war39.50
A4Photo gallery4.42
Total length of media 1:33:59.


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Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor)
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith)
Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan)
Kevin Lindsay - Styre / The Marshal
Donald Douglas - Vural
Glyn Jones - Krans
Peter Walshe - Erak
Peter Rutherford - Roth
Terry Walsh - Zake
Brian Ellis - Prisoner

Written by

Bob Baker
Dave Martin

Produced by

Barry Letts

Directed by

Rodney Bennett


Transmitting down from Nerva Beacon, the Doctor, Sarah and Harry find themselves on Earth in the far future, long-since abandoned by the human race. But it soon becomes clear that they are not alone: a shipwrecked crew of Galsec colonists are being hunted down, one by one. What is the creature that lives in the rocks, and what is the purpose of the lethal tests it is conducting? Can the Doctor ensure the safety of the Earth for the future generations of Mankind?


In early 1974, incoming producer Philip Hincliffe discovered he had inherited two six part stories as part of Season 12. One of these was Genesis of the Daleks, which was to become one of the best-loved adventures of all time. It soon became clear that the other was not going to be workable, and Hincliffe took the radical decision to instead produce a four-part story and a two-part story - the latter being a format not seen on Doctor Who since The Rescue in 1965. Logistic and budget constraints dictated that the shorter story - The Sontaran Experiment - would not feature any studio sequences.

The result is a story that remains unique in Doctor Who history to date, being shot entirely on location. The bleak Dartmoor landscape and overcast skies provide a dark, atmospheric backdrop for Styre's cruel experiments.

Tom Baker's fledgling Fourth Doctor makes a strong showing, although his performance was hampered by an accident during the shoot in which he broke his collarbone. This meant Terry Walsh stepped in as his double for many of the action sequences.

Far removed from the comfort of the UNIT 'family', the unflinchingly vivid presentation of alien tests on humans in The Sontaran Experiment exemplifies a dramatic template that would become commonplace during Philip Hincliffe's era of gothic horror.

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