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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hurndall ...
The Doctor (archive footage)
The Doctor (archive footage)
Janet Fielding ...
Mark Strickson ...
Nicholas Courtney ...
Anthony Ainley ...
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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The Second Doctor Was Great
23 June 2003 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Breaking the Timelords first law of time... five doctors in a deadly game...

This was a fun thing to watch, as a fan of the 2nd and 4th Docs I was gutted that Tom Backer turn the show down.

The Late and Great Patick Troughton was Great, it was like he never left the role as The Doctor...

I'd also note that the other Doctors do good jobs in this Classic tale. They ensure you are having a fun watch from start to finish.

With all the old baddies and a lot of the doctor's old sidekicks, this is a must see for all and any Doctor Who Fans.

Enjoy The Show.

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