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'Doctor Who': The Troughton Years (1991)

Jon Pertwee presents a look at the era of the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton. Featuring the only surviving episodes from the stories "The Abominable Snowmen", "The Enemy of the World" and "The Space Pirates".


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Himself - Presenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Doctor (archive footage)
Jamie McCrimmon (archive footage)
Zoe Heriot (archive footage)
The Doctor / Salamander (archive footage)
Victoria Waterfield (archive footage)
Jack Watling ...
Prof. Travers (archive footage)


The late Patrick Troughton's tenure as the star of "Doctor Who" (1963) is commemorated with this special video release hosted by fellow Doctor Who actor Jon Pertwee. The program includes behind the scenes stories, excerpts from rare episodes, and three complete episodes from the late 1960s. Written by Anon.

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3 June 1991 (UK)  »

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The Cosmic Hobo
9 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

In 1966 Patrick Troughton took over the role as Doctor Who and never looked back. While William Hartnell before him had brought the Daleks into the spotlight, Troughton's term as Doc would highlight the Ice Warriors, the Yeti and the dreaded Cybermen.

In the 1970's the BBC destroyed thousands of episodes thought to be of no further financial use to them, many of these being Doctor Who. Patrick Troughton's time as the Doctor was hit hard, with many classics stories now represented by little or no footage at all in the Archives. In this special tribute to his time as the Doctor, Jon Pertwee (the 3rd Doctor) takes us on a tour of 3 surviving episodes - all that remain of their respective stories.

The Abominable Snowman episode 2 takes us to the Himalayas, where the Doctor must help combat a Yeti attack at a monastery in Tibet. The Enemy of the World episode 3 sees the Doctor trying to outwit a dictator threatening to take over the world, a dictator which is his exact double. Finally episode 2 of The Space Pirates has the doctor dealing with just that; Space Pirates.

This is a fine tribute to the late actor, who died in 1987. It is sad to see so many Dr Who episodes gone, but this video will allow the memory of those times to live on.

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