5S. Doctor Who - Warriors' Gate

Season Eighteen

  • Script Editor: Christopher H. Bidmead
  • Writer: Steve Gallagher
  • Produced by: John Nathan-Turner
  • Director: Paul Joyce
  • Designer: Graeme Story
  • Incidental Music: Peter Howell
  • Gundan: Robert Vowles (1-2)

5S. Doctor Who - Warriors' Gate

The TARDIS is hijacked by a time-sensitive Tharil, Biroc. Other Tharils are being held on board the Privateer, captained by Rorvik, that is trapped in the void.

The only other thing inside the void is a stone gateway which leads into a banqueting hall. This is the domain of the Tharils. The Tharils were once rulers of a vast empire, but their human slaves built the Gundan robots which killed the Tharils.

Romana is taken prisoner by Captain Rorvik, but is later freed by one of the Tharils, Lazlo. Captain Rorvik plans to blast his way out of the void. The blast from the engines is reflected by the mirrors of the gateway which shatters the hull, freeing the Tharils.

The Tharils return to E-space with Romana and K-9 whilst the Doctor and Adric, inside the TARDIS, are blown back into N-space.

Regular Cast

  • Voice of K-9: John Leeson
  • Romana: Lalla Ward
  • Adric: Matthew Waterhouse


  • Captain Rorvik: Clifford Rose
  • Packard: Kenneth Cope
  • Lane: David Kincaid
  • Aldo: Freddie Earlie
  • Royce: Harry Waters
  • Sagan: Vincent Pickering
  • Biroc: David Weston (1,3-4)
  • Lazlo: Jeremy Gittins (2-4)
  • Second Gundan: Pat Gorman
  • Tharils: (all 3) Pat Gorman, Mike Mungarvan, Erika Spotswood

Showings on the BBC

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 542 Part One Saturday, January 3, 1981 5:20 PM - 5:45 PM 7.1M 59%
BBC 1 543 Part Two Saturday, January 10, 1981 5:20 PM - 5:45 PM 6.7M
BBC 1 544 Part Three Saturday, January 17, 1981 5:20 PM - 5:45 PM 8.3M
BBC 1 545 Part Four Saturday, January 24, 1981 5:20 PM - 5:45 PM 7.8M 59%


Outside Locations

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  • Television Centre Studio 1
  • Television Centre Studio 3



No blooper details are available


  • Lalla Ward and K-9 leave at the end of this story.
  • This was the first story to have Ceefax subtitles.

Working titles

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