[[caption-width-right:344: Sorry [[Creator/PeterDavison Peter]], but you're not getting a ride in the plane.]]
->"The Master has defeated me at last..."
-->-- '''The Doctor''', having a sudden attack of GenreBlindness

Mostly notable for being the first time British Airways allowed filming aboard a Concorde, ''Time-Flight'' is one of the sillier stories of Classic Who.

On the TARDIS Tegan and Nyssa complain to the Doctor for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock letting Adric die]]. However, the discussion of Adric gets cut short when the TARDIS crew ''accidentally'' ends up at Heathrow airport. Tegan's happy to finally back home, and the Doctor, checking the paper for the latest cricket news, avoids arrest by simply telling the airport crew to call UNIT and verify his credentials. When asked, UNIT immediately tells the airport's board members to brief the Doctor on the mysterious case of a missing Concorde. (For the benefit of our younger tropers, Concordes were supersonic aircraft, which never really became popular due to financial and practical issues.)

As it turns out, the Concordes are vanishing to the Jurassic era, which is where the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and a second plane go to investigate. To no one's surprise except the Doctor's (and maybe a few who didn't see the anagram in the credits), the Master's back again. He's also in elaborate disguise, as an Asian-esque mystic, though he has no reason to be. The Doctor soon gets kidnapped by something resembling moving rocks spouting stock footage of soap bubbles.

There's also stuff about an ancient alien [[HiveMind hive mind]] that wants to respawn onto Earth, while the Master wants to use them as the core of his own TARDIS. Oh, and his TARDIS is somehow damaged after escaping [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva Castrovalva]]. Maybe. The crew of the second plane bumbles around, confused; meanwhile the Doctor, Nyssa, and Tegan... also bumble around. [[TheCameo Adric shows up for a split second]], only to be told he's supposed to be dead; then he vanishes. (The real reason for Adric's scene is so he'd be listed in the credits, so viewers wouldn't be able to deduce his death just by looking at the credits for the next week's serial.) There's also some really odd stuff involving swapped TARDIS parts, Concorde planes being able to takeoff from unpaved and bumpy ground using compressed air from tires, the Master beating the Doctor at the alien-hivemind subplot and mass hallucinations for random extras wandering around the sets.

In the end, the Doctor beats the Master by getting back to (present day) Heathrow first, thus preventing him from landing. Then, thinking that he's finally gotten Tegan home at last, leaves her there--unaware that she was having second thoughts about the job and really wanted to stay aboard the TARDIS.

Just try to ignore the birds flying around in what's meant to be the Jurassic, OK?


* AgentScully: Professor Hayter, who thinks the entire thing is an elaborate Soviet hoax.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The Doctor and Nyssa have [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho dozens and dozen of adventures]] in the gap between this story and the next.
* BigRedButton: Discussed, sort of. When looking for the TARDIS door control, Captain Stapley immediately dismisses the HUGE RED LEVER, presumably for this reason.
* ContinuityNod: The Doctor says, when cold, it's "times like this I wish I still had my [[Creator/TomBaker scarf]]."
** When Nyssa and Tegan try to reach the sanctum, images of Adric, the Melkur (TV: The Keeper of Traken) and a Terileptil (TV: The Visitation) appear in order to dissuade them from going on any further.
* CrystalBall: Kalid has one.
* DramaticUnmask: Literally the ''only'' reason why the Master is disguised as a Middle Eastern mystic '''in the Jurassic period'''. There is no one with him, or even alive at this point in time, meaning it's entirely for the benefit of the audience at cliffhanger time. On the other hand, it does set up the hilarious piss-taking of the Master's ComplexityAddiction in "The Mark of the Rani".
* ExecutiveMeddling: Not from the studio but from the airport. British Airways were given a copy of the script before filming. They asked for changes to parts that could be considered detrimental to the company, including one line where a flight attendant refers to the passengers as "punters".
* HeroicSacrifice: Hayter gives himself up to the Xeraphin so that the Doctor can communicate with them.
* HiveMind: The Xeraphin.
* JustPlaneWrong: That control tower sure is understaffed.
* MassHypnosis
* MassTeleportation: Happens to the passengers and crew of the Concorde.
* TheMaster
* PutOnABus: Tegan. She comes back with shorter hair next season.
* SignificantAnagram: Kalid is credited in the first episode as Leon Ny Taiy - an ambiguously Asian anagram of Tony Ainley.
* ToAbsentFriends: The brief (read: one minute and fifteen seconds long) discussion of Adric's death. Hopefully they did some more heartfelt mourning off-screen.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva The last time we saw the Master]] he was trapped in a mathematically-constructed city as it collapsed in on itself. The full "explanation" for this was as follows:
--->'''The Doctor:''' So you escaped from Castrovalva. I should have guessed.\\
'''The Master:''' As gullible as ever, my dear Doctor.