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Doctor Who: Sontarans vs Rutans: The Battle of Giant's Causeway
Doctor Who - Classic Series - Special Releases

1.1. Doctor Who: Sontarans vs Rutans: The Battle of Giant's Causeway

Released January 2024

Written by Lizzie Hopley

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The war between the Sontarans and the Rutans has been going on for millennia. And is likely to continue for millennia more.

A terrible conflict with no care for consequences or collateral damage. Billions have died with no end in sight. Its reach can encompass ancient Ireland and a forest world in the far future.

A temporal tidal wave leads the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz to the Giant's Causeway, Ireland 55BC, where the TARDIS drains of power and they encounter Sontarans who believe they’re Roman Legionnaires. What has caused this and what is the strange secret in the rocks?

Recorded on: 3 May 2023
Recorded at: The Soundhouse


Producer David Richardson said: “I realised the 50th anniversary of The Time Warrior was approaching and that we were long overdue a big, epic foray into the Sontaran/Rutan war.

“Writer Lizzie Hopley sets up the saga with an alien clash set back in history… As well as bringing Sontarans and Rutans to Earth it is, of course, notable for the reunion of that lead cast...

“When you’ve got that much instant and easy chemistry it just makes everyone’s job very straightforward. There was a lot of laughter and love.”

Actor Conrad Westmaas, returning to play chameleon-like alien companion C’rizz two decades on from his debut, said: “This isn’t something any of us saw coming but – 20 years after they were first thrown together – the Eighth Doctor, Charley and C’rizz are back for their most explosive, action-packed adventure yet!

“Lizzie really ‘gets’ this trio, and from the word go the three are caught up in a Sontaran vs Rutan crossfire at a very bloody and mystical point in Earth history.”

Writer Lizzie Hopley added: “I must boast that this was partly my idea. I’ve written for the Eighth Doctor and Charley before and when it came to this story, I just felt someone was missing – a very important someone.

“The Rutan character was new for me to explore. That’s why C’rizz was so important to this story. They’re shapeshifters and he can identify with that. What’s it like to empathise with a Rutan? Yikes!

“Conrad is an actor capable of such complexity, he has this unique blend of naivety and darkness whilst understanding humour. He is a gift to write for.”


The Battle of Giant’s Causeway is an extremely fun and entertaining romp. The Sontarans in particular are written absolutely brilliantly, and it’s great to see a TARDIS team that we’ve not seen for so many years reunite. 4/5

words by dan

The Battle of Giant’s Causeway makes for a gripping opening story. Packed with humor and mystery, it offers a great glimpse at the complexities of this galactic war while making for a devilishly enjoyable Doctor Who adventure in its own right. (8.5/10)

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  • Product Format: 1-disc CD (jewel case)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Duration: 77 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-80240-368-8
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-80240-369-5
  • Production Code: BFPDWSPSONVRUT0101
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