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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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Richard Hurndall ...
The Doctor (archive footage)
The Doctor (archive footage)
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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23 November 1983 (USA)  »

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The scene referencing K-9 and Company was originally omitted from the original U.S. 90 minute broadcast on November 23, 1983. This may be due to the fact of K-9 and Company was not yet licensed for broadcast in the U.S. and therefore not seen yet by Americans, who would raise the question of why K-9 was with Sarah Jane. In 1984, when K-9 and Company was finally licensed for the U.S., the BBC restored the scene when The Five Doctors was edited down to the standard 25 minute episodes for American syndicated broadcasts. See more »


When Sarah Jane is grabbed by the time scoop she drops her bag but her "figure" has a handbag over its shoulder. See more »


The Master: I know this is going to be hard to believe, Doctor, but for once I mean you no harm.
Fifth Doctor: Like Alice, I try to believe three impossible things before breakfast.
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Fun seeing the Doctors all together.
23 October 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

It would have been more fun if they could have gotten Tom Baker instead of just using a couple clips of him, but it was a very fun adventure. It also gave me exposure to some of the other Doctors that I had never seen before.

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