Doctor Who: The Five Doctors

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors

Director: Peter Moffatt Cast: William Hartnell, Peter Davison, Janet Fielding

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Overview

Doctor Who celebrated its 20th anniversary with the 90-minute special "The Five Doctors." The life of the present Doctor (Peter Davison) is jeopardized when his four previous incarnations -- played by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, and Tom Baker -- are taken out of time by an illegal Time Scoop. Even worse, the five doctors are confronted by a seemingly endless series of past enemies, included Daleks, Cybermen, and Yetis. The climax takes place in the Forbidden Zone on Gallifrey, where the instigator of the aforementioned time-scooping forces the five doctors to engage in the potentially deadly Game of Rassilon. Can any of the doctors save themselves -- and if not, will robot dog K-9 come galloping to the rescue? The late William Hartnell appeared only in clips from the second-season episode "Invasion of Earth: Flashpoint"; he was replaced in the body of the 20th anniversary special by Richard Hurndall. Written by Terrance Dicks, "The Five Doctors" was first presented in America on November 23, 1983, two days before its British TV debut. Since that time, it has been reedited into a four-part cliffhanger for syndication.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2019
UPC: 0883929689125
Original Release: 1983
Source: Bbc Archives
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 3:11:00
Sales rank: 48,653

Special Features

Disc 1: Audio commentary by Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane) and Mark Strickson (Turlough) Celebration: a look back at Doctor Who's 20th anniversary celebration in 1983 (52 mins) Trails and continuities (19 mins) Photo gallery (8 mins) Special hidden feature Disc 2: Audio commentary by Peter Davison (the Doctor) and writer Terrance Dicks The Ties That Bind Us documentary examining the links to the show's past and future in "The Five Doctors" (26 mins) Five Doctors, One Studio: a studio recording of the only occasion when all of the doctors were togther on set (18 mins) Outtakes (6 mins) (Not So) Special Effects: a look at a typical day's work for the visual FX crew on Doctor Who (9 mins) Publicity clips from Saturday Superstore, Blue Peter, Nationwide and Breakfast Time (29 mins) Easter Egg Isolated music track on both versions DVD-ROM feature: Radio Times listings Production note subtitle option

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hartnell The Doctor
Peter Davison The Doctor
Janet Fielding Tegan
Mark Strickson Turlough
Richard Hurndall The Doctor
Nicholas Courtney Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart
David Savile Col. Crichton
Ray Float Sergeant
Patrick Troughton The Doctor
Jon Pertwee The Doctor
Elisabeth Sladen Sarah Jane
John Leeson K-9
Tom Baker The Doctor
Lalla Ward Romana
Philip Latham Lord President Borusa
Dinah Sheridan Chancellor Flavia
Paul Jerricho The Castellan
Anthony Ainley The Master
Carole Ann Ford Susan
Roy Skelton Dalek
John Scott Martin Dalek Operator
Stephen Meredith Technician
William Kenton Cyber Scout
David Banks Cyberleader
Mark Hardy Cyberlieutenant
Stuart Blake Commander
Keith Hodiak Raston Robot
John Tallents Guard
Richard Franklin Capt. Yates
Caroline John Elizabeth "Liz" Shaw
Frazer Hines Jamie
Wendy Padbury Zoe
Richard Mathews Rassilon

Technical Credits
Peter Moffatt Director
Terrance Dicks Screenwriter
Peter Howell Score Composer
John Nathan-Turner Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
1. Chapter 1 [7:04]
2. Chapter 2 [7:55]
3. Chapter 3 [12:13]
4. Chapter 4 [5:55]
5. Chapter 5 [8:06]
6. Chapter 6 [8:55]
7. Chapter 7 [4:51]
8. Chapter 8 [7:49]
9. Chapter 9 [10:07]
10. Chapter 10 [6:23]
11. Chapter 11 [9:42]
12. Chapter 12 [1:15]
Disc #2 -- Doctor Who: The Five Doctors - Special Edition Version
1. Chapter 1 [8:25]
2. Chapter 2 [8:32]
3. Chapter 3 [13:40]
4. Chapter 4 [6:31]
5. Chapter 5 [8:47]
6. Chapter 6 [10:32]
7. Chapter 7 [5:25]
8. Chapter 8 [8:17]
9. Chapter 9 [11:12]
10. Chapter 10 [7:25]
11. Chapter 11 [10:27]
12. Chapter 12 [1:15]

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Doctor Who: The Five Doctors 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
PeterHeimsoth More than 1 year ago
The first twenty years of "Doctor Who" in ninety minutes! Whenever one of the new crop of DW fans who only know the show as it has been since 2005 asks me where I should start with the classic series, I always point them towards this special, as it nicely encapsulates what made the series great in it early years and gave it such worldwide appeal. Although the appearance of original Doctor William Hartnell is limited to a clip at the beginning of the show (which contains an excerpt from the Doctor's heartfelt farewell to his granddaughter when he parted ways with her), even a newcomer will get an idea of the eccentric and powerful personality of the First Doctor. His successor in the role is Richard Hurndall, who ably embodies the First Doctor, not consciously doing an imitation of Hartnell, but employing some of his mannerisms while putting his own stamp on the character. Appropriately, the first Doctors to encounter each other in the Gallifreyan wasteland called the Death Zone are the first and the current Doctor, now in his fifth incarnation as played by Peter Davison. It is rather amusing to see the young-looking Doctor bristling as his first self all but takes over, but the two manage to strike a happy medium eventually. Veteran Second and Third Doctors Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee are both in excellent form, stepping easily back into their respective Doctors' shoes as if they'd never left the program. The friendly rivalry between the two, introduced ten years earlier in "The Three Doctors," is active from the moment they face each other again as the adventure speeds towards its culmination. Fourth Doctor Tom Baker had elected not to appear in the special (a decision he now regrets), but his presence is felt via footage from "Shada," an adventure that was not officially completed (in a mostly animated form) until 2017. The footage also included Lalla Ward as Time Lady Romana, only one of a plethora of the many present and past traveling companions of the Doctor's. Among the rest are Janet Fielding as feisty Australian Tegan Jovanka, Mark Strickson as enigmatic alien Turlough, Nicholas Courtney as the stolid Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Elisabeth Sladen as the intrepid Sarah Jane Smith, and Carole Ann Ford as the Doctor's beloved granddaughter Susan Campbell. Others appear in one manner or another, but I don't wish to ruin any surprises if you haven't seen it. (The shapeshifting cybernetic being called Kamelion-- played by a real machine and voiced by Gerald Flood-- was also aboard the TARDIS by this time, but possibly exploring the inner reaches of the ship.) The package includes many supplemental features, the best of which is "The Ties That Bind Us," a documentary on the many back references the special contains; the narrator for the feature is Eighth Doctor Paul McGann, and it contains even more scenes from the series to whet the appetite of new fans and provide a pleasant stroll down Memory Lane for longtime fans.
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