Doctor Who: Season 20, Episode 23

The Five Doctors (23 Nov. 1983)

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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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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 <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Actor Tom Baker declined to return as the fourth Doctor, feeling there hadn't been a long enough gap between him leaving the role and shooting commencing. He was represented on screen with previously unseen excerpts from 'Shada', an unfinished story from his tenure. For publicity shots featuring all five Doctors together, the BBC used Tom Baker's mannequin from Madam Tussaud's waxwork collection in London. See more »

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As the Brigadier frees his arm from the grip of the Cyberman reaching through the gap in the wall, it can be seen that the actor playing the Cyberman is wearing denim jeans and not a full costume. See more »

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Fifth Doctor: [the first Doctor orders Tegan to get refreshments and she doesn't like it] Tegan! Tegan! Tegan! Humor him. I sometimes used to get a bit tetchy; fortunately one mellows with age.
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One of my favorite Peter Davison Doctor Who stories
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This anniversary special is quite interesting as it features excellent performances from all involved. The natural chemistry of Patrick Troughton and Nicholas Courtney for instance is one of the truly shining elements of this production. Also Richard Hurdnall does a remarkably good and under rated version of the 1st Doctor. It is most interesting to see the 1st Doctor paired up with Tegan as they both have intense egos which work brilliantly in tandem. Meanwhile we have the familiar couplings of the 3rd Doctor and Sarah Jane along with just strange choices - Turlough and Susan. This adventures captures the spirit of Doctor Who at it's finest, and is quite well written, acted, and executed for an anniversary special!


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