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The Once and Future Doctor (Mythologizing “Battlefield”)

The Once and Future Doctor (Mythologizing “Battlefield”)

Summer is peak season for action romps, we’re told, so that must be why the Randomzier plopped us in the middle of Battlefield, the opening story of Classic Doctor Who’s final year, and one that seems to continuously feature guns shooting, swords clashing, and all manner of things blowing up. I mean, you’d expect nothing less from the last official appearance of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, but is it all just smokescreen to keep us from realizing the story — ostensibly about transdimensional Arthurian knights fighting over a magic sword at the bottom of a lake — is complete nonsense? Probably, though did we mention lots of stuff blows up?

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Story Essentials

  • Season 26, Serial 1

  • Story number: 155, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Production Code: 7N

  • Writers: Ben Aaronovitch

  • Producer: John Nathan-Turner

  • Aired 6 September - 27 September 1989

Pull To Open: Battlefield

  • Season 3

  • Episode 26

Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor

Interlude music: Freestylah by Alexander Nakarada

Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada

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