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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Philip Latham was second choice for Borusa. 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 »

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.
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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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