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The Three Doctors: Episode One 

The 10th Anniversary Serial has three incarnations of the Doctor meeting up to face the evil Omega in a universe of antimatter.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rex Robinson ...
Roy Purcell ...
President of the Council
Laurie Webb ...
Mr. Ollis
Clyde Pollitt ...
Graham Leaman ...
Time Lord
Patricia Prior ...
Mrs. Ollis
Denys Palmer ...
Cpl. Palmer


Time itself is in peril! The three Doctors are united against an old enemy from the distant past of Gallifrey. Vital cosmic energy is draining into a black hole and the Time Lords are under siege. The Doctor is their only hope but, trapped in the TARDIS, he's powerless. The only way out is to break the First Law of Time to let the Doctor help himself - literally. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

30 December 1972 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last appearance of William Hartnell as the First Doctor. Richard Hurndall would play the First Doctor in Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983). See more »


Though the second Doctor is supposed to appear out of thin air, he can be seen reflected in the rotor of the TARDIS console prior to his appearance. See more »


The Second Doctor: Oh, I can see you've been doing the TARDIS up a bit. Hmm! I don't like it...
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Featured in When Worlds Collide (2012) See more »

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Wonderful comic interplay and an action-packed narrative
19 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Review of the Complete Story:

THE THREE DOCTORS is a well-remembered serial from the Jon Pertwee era of DOCTOR WHO. It's certainly a memorable production which packs plenty of ingredients into the narrative: not one, not two, but three different incarnations of the Doctor; the welcome return of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Sergeant Benton; a world-eating alien blob; time travel; ugly lava monsters; and a renegade Time Lord known only as Omega.

Inevitably the story was going to be an entertaining one with all those ingredients and Who fans are in for a treat with this one. The best scenes are those in which Pertwee and Patrick Troughton are paired up to constantly belittle each other - a real delight. It's a real pity that William Hartnell's poor health meant that he was relegated to appearing on a monitor for a handful of scenes, but at least it's a fitting swansong for the first Doctor.

Those stories featuring the Brigadier are always among my favourites and Nicholas Courtney is on top form here. It's also good to see John Levene's Benton get more screen time than usual. THE THREE DOCTORS is chock full of cheesy special effects work, from dodgy alien planets to monsters which look like walking pasta bakes, but the late-stage intervention of the megalomaniac Omega only adds to the fun. It's not perfect - what is? - but it's a whole lotta fun nonetheless.

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