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"Doctor Who" The Five Doctors (1983)

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23 November 1983 (Season 20, Episode 23)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Peter Davison ... The Doctor

Jon Pertwee ... The Doctor

Patrick Troughton ... The Doctor
Richard Hurndall ... The Doctor

Tom Baker ... The Doctor (archive footage)

William Hartnell ... The Doctor (archive footage)

Janet Fielding ... Tegan

Mark Strickson ... Turlough

Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith

Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman

Nicholas Courtney ... Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart
Anthony Ainley ... The Master
Philip Latham ... Borusa

Lalla Ward ... Romana (archive footage)

Dinah Sheridan ... Chancellor Flavia
Paul Jerricho ... The Castellan
David Banks ... Cyber Leader
Mark Hardy ... Cyber Lieutenant
Richard Mathews ... Rassilon
Frazer Hines ... Jamie McCrimmon
Wendy Padbury ... Zoe Heriot
David Savile ... Colonel Crichton

Caroline John ... Liz Shaw
Richard Franklin ... Captain Yates
John Leeson ... K9 (voice)
Roy Skelton ... Dalek (voice)
John Scott Martin ... Dalek Operator
Ray Float ... Sergeant
Keith Hodiak ... Raston Robot
Stuart Blake ... Commander
Stephen Meredith ... Technician
John Tallents ... Guard
William Kenton ... Cyber Scout
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Bassenger ... Cyberman (uncredited)
Norman Bradley ... Cyberman (uncredited)
Graham Cole ... Cyberman (uncredited)
Gilbert Gillan ... Cyberman (uncredited)
Emyr Morris Jones ... Cyberman (uncredited)
Myrddin Jones ... Cyberman (uncredited)
Johnnie Mack ... Time Lord (uncredited)
Ian Marshall-Fisher ... Cyberman (uncredited)
Charles Milward ... Time Lord (uncredited)
Richard Naylor ... Cyberman (uncredited)
Alan Riches ... Cyberman (uncredited)
Mark Whincup ... Cyberman (uncredited)
Lloyd Williams ... Cyberman (uncredited)
Frederick Wolfe ... Time Lord (uncredited)
Lee Woods ... Yeti / Cyberman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Moffatt 
John Nathan-Turner (uncredited)
Pennant Roberts (uncredited)
Writing credits
Terrance Dicks (by)

Douglas Adams  uncredited
Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)
Eric Saward  uncredited

Produced by
Sue Kerr .... producer (special edition)
John Nathan-Turner .... producer
Paul Vanezis .... producer (special edition)
Cinematography by
Fintan Sheehan (uncredited)
Film Editing by
M.A.C. Adams (film sequences)
Hugh Parson (videotape editor)
Production Design by
Malcolm Thornton 
Costume Design by
Colin Lavers 
Makeup Department
Jill Hagger .... make-up artist
Production Management
Jeremy Silberston .... production manager
Art Department
Robert Fleming .... properties buyer
Ian Hewett .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Andy Freeth .... dubbing mixer (special edition)
John Gatland .... film sound
Benedict Peissel .... dubbing mixer (special edition)
Martin Ridout .... studio sound
John Taylor .... boom operator
Brian Hodgson .... TARDIS sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Humphreys .... creature design
Visual Effects by
John Brace .... visual effects designer
Graham Brown .... visual effects assistant
Dave Chapman .... video effects
Mike Kelt .... visual effects designer
Jo McGrogan .... video effects (special edition)
Alison Rickman .... video effects (special edition)
Steve Roberts .... video effects (special edition)
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Babbage .... studio lighting
John Baker .... film cameraman
Alec Wheal .... camera supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Tariq Anwar .... additional film editor
Shirley Coward .... vision mixer
Shirley O'Mara .... post-production liaison (special edition)
Paul Vanezis .... editor: video tape (special edition)
Music Department
Ron Grainer .... composer: title music
Peter Howell .... composer: incidental music
Delia Derbyshire .... music arrangement: theme (uncredited)
Peter Howell .... music arranger: title theme (uncredited)
Other crew
Steve Broster .... consultant: graphics (special edition)
June Collins .... production associate
Jean Davis .... production assistant
Ian Levine .... program consultant (special edition)
Richard Molesworth .... researcher (special edition)
Ralph Montagu .... consultant: graphics (special edition)
Jean Peyre .... design effects
Eric Saward .... script editor
Pauline Seager .... assistant floor manager
Derek Thompson .... technical manager
John Nathan-Turner .... showrunner (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Production Design by
Victor Meredith 
Makeup Department
Dorka Nieradzik .... makeup designer (1982, 1984-1988)
Art Department
Peter Brachaki .... production designer: TARDIS interior
Special Effects by
Mat Irvine .... special effects (1970s-1980s)
Ian Scoones .... special effects (1960s-1980s)
Ron Thornton .... special effects (1980s)
Bernard Wilkie .... special effects (1960s-1970s)
Visual Effects by
Mitch Mitchell .... special video effects (1960's-1970's) (as A. J. Mitchell)
Bernard Lodge .... title sequence designer (1963-1979) (uncredited 1963-1969)
Alan Chuntz .... stunts (1960's-1970's)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (1960s)
Max Faulkner .... stunts (1960's-1970's)
Stuart Fell .... stunts (1970s-1980s)
Alf Joint .... stunts (1960s-1980s)
Derek Martin .... stunts (1960s-1970s)
Roy Scammell .... stunts (1960s-1980s)
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Derek Ware .... stunts (1960s-1970s)
Music Department
Paddy Kingsland .... composer: incidental music (1980-1985)
Keff McCulloch .... composer: incidental music (1987-1989)
Humphrey Searle .... composer: incidental music (1965)
Dudley Simpson .... composer: incidental music (1964-1980)
Other crew
Christopher Baker .... production assistant
Ali Bongo .... magic advisor
Kenneth J. Bussanmas .... creative consultant (1979-1985)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

90 min | 102 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | UK:U | UK:PG (25th anniversary DVD rating)

Did You Know?

John Nathan-Turner wanted Lalla Ward to reprise her role as Romana opposite Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor. Sadly, their divorce made this impossible. They both appear in stock footage.See more »
Continuity: 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 Doctor triggers a trap shaped like a checkered board with coins]
First Doctor:Nothing happens until you reach the fifth row, halfway, and then the entire board becomes a death trap.
The Master:[appears from the darkness] Our ancestors had such a wonderful sense of humor.
First Doctor:Do I know you, young man?
The Master:Believe it or not, we were at the academy together.
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Should be called 'The Four Doctors' ..., 24 March 2004
Author: MovieFan_

This particular Dr Who episode, which screened during Peter Davison's (the 5th Doctor) tenure, was intended to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dr Who. The plot - a mysterious individual has summoned all incarnations of the Doctor to the Death Zone on Gallifrey for some unknown purpose. The Doctors, unsure of why they are here try to reach the Tower of Rasselon (sp?) to find answers, where along the way they confront various obstacles (a Daalek, Cybermen, a Yeti etc.) Apparently the mysterious individual wants something within the tower and is using the Doctors to get it - one Doctor would not have been enough, but FIVE doctors might be (well 4 really, read below).

It's pretty much well known that Tom Baker (the 4th Doctor) declined to appear in this special episode so the producers were forced to use some old footage from Baker's tenure as the Doctor and then use the plot device of having him 'stuck' in the vortex (or whatever they called it) to explain his absence, so contrary to the title the story from the outset only really involves 4 doctors. In addition William Hartnell (the 1st Doctor) had passed away in 1975 so a replacement in Richard Hurndall had to be found. Hurndall does a good job in keeping to the character as originally played by Hartnell but it's pretty obvious to all that it's another actor, but that couldn't be helped.

As far as the quality of the episode goes, it depends on what you want to get out of it. As an exercise in seeing all of the Doctors (well 4 of them - and 1 with a replacement actor) it's not too bad, especially seeing how each Doctor reacts to the others being present (the verbal sparring between Patrick Troughton (the 2nd Doctor) and Jon Pertwee (the 3rd Doctor) is hilarious). However as far as plot goes its pretty weak on the ground - 90% of the episode seems to be made up of shots of each of the respective Doctors running from something, with the 5th Doctor killing time outside the zone trying to figure it all out and token references being made concerning the 4t Doctor being 'stuck' and thus not present. And the Master has a few scenes too. Clearly for the amount of Doctors involved (not counting all the sidekicks they bring along) 90 mins is nowhere long enough to adequately tell a story involving all of them (or 4 of them)

Worth a look to see all 5 (sorry, 4 ::sigh::) Doctors together in action, just don't expect anything major in the plot department.

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