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"Doctor Who" The Five Doctors (1983)

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Original Air Date:
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?

Temperatures on location filming were so cold that at one point Elisabeth Sladen had to be asked to slap Jon Pertwee in the face, as he had begun to turn blue.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[K-9 senses danger]
K-9:And... the Doctor is involved.
Sarah:Now I know you're imagining things.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Destiny WaltzSee more »


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It's an Anniversary Special., 10 August 2014
Author: cjkelley333 from United States

The Five Doctors is an anniversary special. It's nothing more than that. It only exists as a way to bring together all the Doctors, companions, recurring monsters, and recurring characters of Doctor Who to that date together. There's nothing special about the story told in The Five Doctors. And that's OK. It's not a great episode by any means, but it's fine, and it's a fair way to spend time if you're a Doctor Who fan. All of the Doctors and some of their companions and enemies are being drawn out of their time streams. The Fourth Doctor is trapped in the realm known as "my actor didn't want to come back", and the other four Doctors, along with many of their companions, get trapped in the Death Zone on Gallifrey, and attempt to figure out who brought them there and why. The Five Doctors is shallow and rather brainless. So it's best to turn your brain off when you're watching it- which I didn't, so I just kind of watched it thinking it was OK. If a viewer turns off their brain, the experience is more fun. A lot of old characters come back for this episode. And I mean a lot. We have the First, Second, Third, and Fifth Doctors, Sarah Jane, Susan, Tegan, Turlough, the Brigadier, the Master, the Cybermen, a Dalek, Gallifreyan Lord President Borusa- it's one big pile of fan service and an excuse to get back a lot of popular characters. And the actors are what make it work. Seeing all these characters return is fun, and the cast seem to have had fun. Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee (possibly my two favorite Doctors) are as great as always and despite their age hold up well. Peter Davison gave his usual gentle, kind performance as the Doctor. William Hartnell had sadly died by this time, so Richard Hurndall filled the role of the First Doctor. While it's hard to imagine anybody aside from Bill Hartnell playing the First Doctor, Hurndall does fine, bringing back some of the toughness of the original character but some of the charm as well. The Brigadier is a commanding, confident gentleman as always. All of the companions are back to their usual charm. I'm sorry if this review felt like a checklist, but that's really what the episode itself is. It's an excuse to get old Doctor Who characters back for an anniversary special. And it's fine. It's not special, but I say watch it.

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