Now if ever there was an underused classic monster whose return to Doctor Who would cause a long and appreciative murmur of approval among fans, it would be the Sontarans
Beginning as a news report in The Sun, this story gained interest throughout Tuesday until the BBC finally confirmed it on the official Doctor Who site.
From Digital Spy:
Classic Doctor Who monsters The Sontarans will reportedly make a comeback in the next season of the revived show – following an absence of two decades.
The Sun claims that former The Young Ones star Christopher Ryan is playing one of the villains.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be appearing,” the actor told the tabloid. “The last time I was on Doctor Who it was 20 years ago and Colin Baker was the Time Lord.”
Ryan previously appeared as Lord Kiv in the 1986 adventure ‘Mindwarp’, playing a dying member of the amphibious alien race The Mentors, who counted the evil Sil amongst their number.
Meanwhile the BBC Doctor Who site added:
Ryan will play a Sontaran leader in the story, due to begin filming in the next few weeks.
So we can expect at least two Sontarans…
As for the spoiler-content of this story – let’s get things into perspective. It’s reported on the official site, it’s in the national press… we don’t know how the episode begins, ends or any of the dialogue, we don’t know any of the lasting effects of this story.
It’s not a spoiler.,, a picture would be nice though, BBC!
Chrisopher Ryan is of course best known as Mike from The Young Ones, as well as appearing as detailed above in the 1986 tale Mindwarp. He isn’t an ex SAS operative, that being the pen name “Chris Ryan”. Christopher Ryan is of course a small fellow, around 5′ tall, and therefore similar in build to original Sontaran actor Kevin Lindsay (Linx in The Time Warrior (1974) and Stor in The Sontaran Experiment (1975)) – they also possess similar facial characteristics too…
The Sontarans, for newer fans among you, are locked in an eternal war with the shape-shifting Rutans; this war commands their very being and way of life, hence their development into a wholly militaristic race of clones. Of course the idea of being locked into an eternal war is nothing new – George Orwell wrote of it in 1984; Britain and America are deadlocked in Iraq and Afganistan.
You can read more about the Sontarans, and the potential terror of cloning in this 2005 article from Christian Cawley – The Great Sontaran, which fatures artwork by Nigel Parry.