If you enjoyed the appearance of Sontaran General Strax in A Good Man Goes to War (possibly the finest Sontaran portrayal yet!) then you might like to head back in time and visit the first appearance of the cloned warriors in 1973’s The Time Warrior.
Character Online’s collection of all that was and that could have been continues with yet another ‘collectors set’ celebrating the fine art of rehasing old stock in new packaging to immortalise episodes that have slipped through the cracks of many Doctor Who fans’ memories.
The Time Warrior, The Third Doctor serial, ironically is best remembered for what it introduced to the Whoinverse with the first appearances of both Sarah Jane Smith (the much missed Elizabeth Sladen) and the race of potato headed menaces the Sontaran’s in Commander Linx (superbly played by Kevin Lindsay and created by the fantastic writing of Robert Holmes.)
While you don’t get Sarah Jane with the set what you do get is the Third Doctor in his green jacket, along with Linx and Linx’s downed ship. The basic moulds of these have been available before in some form or other, however these versions are noticably different with textures and different colours used in places for a more authentic effect. Though this isn’t to say that there isn’t a die hard Time Warrior fan out there that wants this set (it is ranked 47 on the DWM’s mighty 200)
You might decide that this is all a bit cynical and that the money you do pay towards sets like this will one day have the net result of an iconic set being released that you’ve been dreaming about for a long time. There’s no arguing that Character Options do make some amazing figures and sets (i’m a sucker for anything Fifth Doctor related) but at the same time it’s your money that will pay for both.
The set is available now from Forbidden Planet for £34.99!