Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Five Doctors 

The Doctor and his previous regenerative versions are abducted to an isolated area of his home planet as part of a renegade timelord's scheme.


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The Doctor (archive footage)
The Doctor (archive footage)
Philip Latham ...
Romana (archive footage)


In this feature-length twentieth anniversary special in the classic science fiction-fantasy series, someone uses a time scoop to lift all five incarnations of the heroic Time Lord known as the Doctor out of their respective time streams. The elderly, first Doctor is taken out of Wimbledon Garden. The Beatle-haired, Chaplainesque, second Doctor is removed from the grounds of UNIT H.Q.. The dashing, dandy, white-haired, James Bond-like third Doctor is scooped off of Earth in his Edwardian speedster car, Bessie. The curly-haired, tall, long-scarfed fourth Doctor is lifted out of a punt on the river Cambridge and trapped in a time vortex. And the youthful, striped-panted fifth Doctor must find all of his former selves and return them to their proper time streams, or face disintegration into the time vortex in which his fourth incarnation is trapped. Having abducted each of the Doctors, the mysterious agent responsible for this transgression of the First Law of Time, positions four of the ... Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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23 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Peter Davison would later parody the Fifth Doctor's "I am being diminished" speech in the second episode of the second series of his black comedy, Rigor Mortis. Davison's character, a workaholic pathologist, doesn't respond well to a sudden drought of deaths. Undergoing a form of withdrawal, he says: "I am being diminished, whittled away, piece by piece. A doctor is the sum of his contributions to humanity, you know; a pathologist even more so." See more »


In the Special Edition commentary, it is mentioned that the "teeth and curl" comment from the Third Doctor was originally Sarah Jane Smith's line, but the actors decided to shift it for humorous effect. The commentary points out he shouldn't know of his future appearance and that shifting the line, while entertaining, was a continuity mistake. However, Sarah Jane Smith mimed pointing at her teeth and a twirl of finger at her hair just before it, allowing this act of charades to prompt the Third Doctor's line. See more »


[K-9 senses danger]
K-9: And... the Doctor is involved.
Sarah: Now I know you're imagining things.
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"No, not the mind probe!"
1 March 2001 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The 20th Anniversary episode of "Doctor Who" is low on plot and features some ridiculous dialogue (see above). But who cares. The nostalgia factor is very high. And it's great to see all the Doctors, companions, and monsters packed into one story. The story only seems to flag during the Fifth Doctor's conspiracy investigation in the Capitol.

Troughton and Pertwee easily slide back into their characters despite not having played them in years, and Richard Hurndall does well as the First Doctor.

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