Doctor Who: The Five Doctors

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors

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Director: Peter Moffatt

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

     
 

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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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lewis Somoza Manalo
When the BBC first aired Doctor Who in 1963, it was intended to be a simple children's program, not the decades-spanning cult phenomenon it has become. This 20th-anniversary reunion special is a must-see for fans, as it unites the series' first five Doctors -- sort of -- in a story that finds them kidnapped by a hidden evil at the tomb of Rassalon, the greatest Time Lord ever to live. And, as luck would have it, the Time Lord High Council brings in the Doctor's archnemesis, the Master (Anthony Ainley), to aid in the escape. By the time of production in 1983, the original Doctor, William Hartnell, had passed away, but Richard Hurndall does well in his place, joined by past Doctors Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and Peter Davidson. Who alums Nicholas Courtney and Elizabeth Sladen also reprise their roles, as do several of the show's favorite villains, from the Daleks to K-9 the robotic dog to the diabolical Cybermen -- there's even an appearance by the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan (Carole Ann Ford), who starred in the program's first episode, An Unearthly Child.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
UPC:
0883929018970
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Time:
3:11:00
Sales rank:
9,349

Special Features

Disc 1: Audio commentary by Carol 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 Terence 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 Together on set (18 mins); Outtakes (6 mins); (Not So) Special Effects: a look 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, prodution notes 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

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
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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