Doctor Who: Season 20, Episode 23

The Five Doctors (23 Nov. 1983)

TV Episode  -   -  Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 754 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 5 critic

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.

Directors:

, (uncredited) , 1 more credit »

Writer:

(by)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 116 titles
created 10 Oct 2011
 
a list of 52 titles
created 06 Nov 2011
 
a list of 58 titles
created 14 Feb 2012
 
a list of 10 titles
created 9 months ago
 
list image
a list of 11 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Five Doctors" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Five Doctors (23 Nov 1983)

The Five Doctors (23 Nov 1983) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Doctor Who.

User Polls

« Previous Episode | 602 of 695 Episodes | Next Episode »

Photos

Edit

Cast

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)
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 November 1983 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This episode was watched by 7.7 million viewers on its original UK transmission. See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Destiny Waltz
(uncredited)
Composed by Sydney Barnes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A tall order
27 October 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Five Doctors has a lot to live up to in its 90-odd minutes of air-time, and it succeeds in part. After all, no-one should really expect such a short program to truly represent a series that was - at the time of filming - 20 years old. There were probably many ways the show could have been made, but in the end, its writer chose a very straightforward tale which tries to cram as many Doctors, companions, concepts, monsters and enemies into the same story and, like I said earlier, it succeeds in part. It's great to see all the old Doctors, for example (even if the first Doctor was dead and is played here by a lookalike and the fourth Doctor rather childishly didn't want to be in the show, so is featured via old, unused TV footage), but it's still a bit cheesy to have simply SO MUCH Doctor Who crammed into one show. Sure, it's better than the 10th anniversary story "The Three Doctors," but it's definitely not as good as the latter story, "The Two Doctors," made a few years after this, and which I recommend wholeheartedly.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does anybody find some episodes a little bit draggy? MisterAnderson101
The Movie on The Doctors Revisited Dr Wily
Season 20 LiquidDrainerFilms
Swapping Stories AaronCapenBanner
Old Who actors who have appeared on New Who? Dr Wily
Question about Davidsons 'The visitation' DrSchreber00
Discuss The Five Doctors (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page