“By virtue of my authority as an officer of the Army Space Corps, I hereby claim this planet, its moons and satellites, for the greater glory of the Sontaran Empire!” Linx, Time Warrior – 1973
Attack of the killer potato heads!
The Sontaran’s are a brutish warlike race bred for the sole purpose of fighting wars.
The Sontaran’s are of undesignated sex, although they appear outwardly male in appearance and voice. They can be described as short, squat, muscular and slow moving and with a large round head, something similar to a baked potato.
They are a technologically advanced race who wear strong armoured spacesuits and carrying an array of weapons, one which is similar in appearance to the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. They also possess robotic assistants and have mind control devices which can control or cause pain or death to their enemies.
They are all genetically engineered and cloned to be all identical, possessing the same intellect, militaristic drive, determination and willingness to die for the supreme Sontaran cause. They value dying in combat as their greatest honour and being kept alive as prisoners of war- a humiliation.
Their only known weakness is a vent at the back of their neck known as the ‘probic vent’ which is used for nutrition and where they are grown from.
A sharp blow to the vent can render the Sontaran unconscious, or even dead. They are also known to be susceptible to ‘Coronic’ acid. Also, they are not well adapted to Earth gravity and move slowly, as the Third Doctor observed in The Time Warrior – 1973 that Sontaran muscles were designed for load bearing, rather than leverage.
The Sonataran’s don’t class the Doctor as a mortal enemy – per say, no more than any of the other species they want to conquer. Their main skirmishes have usually been as a result of meeting – on Earth.
The Sontaron’s first appeared in the Third Doctor’s episode The Time Warrior – 1973. A single Sontaran had developed engine trouble and crash landed its ship in medieval England.
The Sonataran, who was known as Linx began meddling with time offering the local Baron futuristic advanced weaponry in return for slave labour to repair his ship. When that wasn’t enough, Linx then began time-napping scientist’s from the 1970’s. This was where the Third Doctor became aware of the Sontaran’s operating on Earth.
The Doctor travelled back to medieval England in the Tardis and thwarted Linx’s plans. Linx was killed, when an (crackshot) archer shot an arrow down his probic vent and caused his recently repaired ship to explode.
The Sontaran’s popped up again in the 30th Century on a barely inhabited Earth in The Sontaran Experiment – 1975 The Fourth Doctor had teleported down from an orbiting space station to fix the transmat relay, came across a Sontaran there – called Strye. Who was part of a forward invasion reconnaissance of Earth, torturing some human colonists for scientific information gathering, on the species.
The Doctor thwarted Strye’s plans and sabotaged his ship, killing Strye before telling the waiting Sontaran invasion fleet that the humans were ready for them, calling off the invasion.
The Sontaran’s next appeared in The Invasion Of Time – 1978 attempting to invade Gallifrey itself and lay their hands on powerful Time Lord items – which once belonged to Rassilon.
They also try to destroy the eye of harmony, a source of Time Lord power. They even gain access to the Fourth Doctor’s Tardis and chased him through the many corridors and rooms attempting to capture him.
The Fourth Doctor was able to stop this invasion by use of a special time gun called the “Demat” which wiped its victim from existence itself, meanwhile his fellow Timelord’s mopped up the remaining Sontaran army.
The Sontaran’s last original series appearance was in the Sixth Doctor’s :Two Doctors – 1985Again attempting to invade Earth, whilst in partnership with the Androgum’s. The Sontaran’s side of the deal was to use Earth as a forward staging post, to launch attacks against the Rutan Host.
Setting up their base of operations in a Spanish hacienda, the Sontaran’s are double crossed by the Androgum’s who unleash two canisters of coronic acid on them, melting one and mortally wounding the other.
The Sonataran’s have only appeared in a handful of episodes to date but their few appearances have made them one of the more memorable Doctor Who monster’s.
Season Eleven – 1973
The Time Warrior⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Season Twelve – 1975
Season Fifteen – 1978
The Invasion Of Time⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Season Twenty Two – 1985
The Two Doctor’s⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐