IMDb > "Doctor Who" The Five Doctors (1983)
"Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (#20.23)"
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

"Doctor Who" The Five Doctors (1983)

« Prev | 602 of 695 Episodes | Next »

Photos (See all 7 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
8.0/10   775 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Director:
Writer:
Contact:
View company contact information for The Five Doctors on IMDbPro.
TV Series:
Original Air Date:
23 November 1983 (Season 20, Episode 23)
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
mildly diverting Doctor Who frolic with multiple selves See more (16 total) »

Cast

 (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)
Create a character page for: ?

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
 

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Production Design by
Bob Cove (1970s)
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)
 
Stunts
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
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Philip Latham was second choice for Borusa.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Second Doctor:[the Second Doctor's visit of his old friend Brigadier Allister Gordon Lethgridge Stewart is drawing to a close] Now Brigadier I must bid hail and farewell. I shouldn't even be here at all. I'm not exactly breaking the laws of time but I am bending them a little.
Brigadier:[Nodding slightly] Yes. You never did care much for rules as I remember.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jon Pertwee at Panopticon (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Destiny WaltzSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
mildly diverting Doctor Who frolic with multiple selves, 9 July 2007
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This TV special promises a lot, bringing past Doctors together with the current one (at that time Peter Davison).

However, in practice, there are really only two other genuine Doctors in evidence - the funny little one, Patrick Troughton, and the tall, sardonic one, Jon Pertwee. Brief inserts of unused footage allow Tom Baker to be seen - but blink and you might miss him. And as William Hartnell had passed on by the 1980s, the original Doctor is played by Richard Hurdnall (very well, it has to be said, but he isn't Hartnell, who appears at the very beginning in footage from an old adventure saying he'll be back!)

So much for the doctors - what about the plot?

Each Doctor is removed from their separate time streams and placed in Gallifrey, where they have to battle old foes (The Master and the Cybermen), and the hallucinations of old friends. All is of course not what it seems, and the villain of the piece takes time to reveal himself. In the meantime there is friendly banter between the Doctors, who are not best pleased at meeting their other selves in the same time and space - one always feels that the Doctor is an arrogant being who likes to revel in his own glory, not sharing it with others.

Nevertheless the camaraderie is pleasing and it is good to see familiar faces back again, including Sarah-Jane, the Brigadier, and other companions.

'The Five Doctors' may be breaching the Trade Descriptions Act a bit, but it is watchable, short, and of some interest.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (16 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "Doctor Who" (1963)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
2-disc 25th Anniversary Edition jedimulder24
Mistakes regularjohn75
Differences between original broadcast and DVD release efrasnel-1
A new 'five' doctors type stoy in new sires?? philtoye-1
Did you like it? mimoniz
Many irritating changes and omissions! (from VHS orig) bsfraser2003
See more »

Related Links

Main series Episode guide Full cast and crew
Company credits External reviews IMDb TV section
IMDb Adventure section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.