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Invasion Inception (Thwarting “The Invasion of Time”)

Invasion Inception (Thwarting “The Invasion of Time”)

You’ve got to hand it to the Doctor — he’s single-handedly saved Gallifrey almost as many times as the Earth, and The Invasion of Time even lets him double dip! Rescuing the Time Lords from the Vardans was just a warm-up, with the Sontarans laying in wait to have their crack at the planet once the production runs out of tinfoil. The story is a bizarro Russian doll of invasions, seemingly orchestrated by a borderline-megalomaniacal Doctor, set against the backdrop of Robert Holmes’ delightfully dysfunctional Gallifrey. Thank Rassilon there’s a robot dog here to make sense of it all.

Commentary for The Invasion of Time begins at 29:00.

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Story Essentials

  • Season 15, Serial 6

  • Story number: 96, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Writer: David Agnew (Anthony Read, Graham Williams)

  • Director: Gerald Blake

  • Producer: Graham Williams

  • Aired 4 February – 11 March 1978

Pull To Open: The Invasion of Time

  • Season 4

  • Episode 15

Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor

Music: Martin West/⁠⁠⁠Thinking Fish

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