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The Five Doctors 

The Doctor and his previous incarnations are brought to the Death Zone on his homeworld Gallifrey as part of a renegade Time Lord's scheme.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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


In this feature-length twentieth anniversary special in the classic science fiction-fantasy series, someone uses a time scoop to lift all five incarnations of the heroic Time Lord known as the Doctor out of their respective time streams. The elderly, first Doctor is taken out of Wimbledon Garden. The Beatle-haired, Chaplainesque, second Doctor is removed from the grounds of UNIT H.Q.. The dashing, dandy, white-haired, James Bond-like third Doctor is scooped off of Earth in his Edwardian speedster car, Bessie. The curly-haired, tall, long-scarfed fourth Doctor is lifted out of a punt on the river Cambridge and trapped in a time vortex. And the youthful, striped-panted fifth Doctor must find all of his former selves and return them to their proper time streams, or face disintegration into the time vortex in which his fourth incarnation is trapped. Having abducted each of the Doctors, the mysterious agent responsible for this transgression of the First Law of Time, positions four of the ... Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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After Chancellor Flavia informs The Doctor that he is now President, he tells her to return to Gallifrey and summon the High Council. But they are already on Gallifrey since that is where The Dark Tower is located. [Which they are in] See more »


Fifth Doctor: I'm certainly not the man I was. Thank goodness.
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Alternate Versions

Another version was the same as 90-minute story, but cut into four 25-minute episodes for the series' syndication package. The three extra sets of opening and closing credits and reprised "cliffhanger" footage account for the different total running times. See more »


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One of my favorite Peter Davison Doctor Who stories
28 May 1999 | by CharlesD-2See all my reviews

This anniversary special is quite interesting as it features excellent performances from all involved. The natural chemistry of Patrick Troughton and Nicholas Courtney for instance is one of the truly shining elements of this production. Also Richard Hurdnall does a remarkably good and under rated version of the 1st Doctor. It is most interesting to see the 1st Doctor paired up with Tegan as they both have intense egos which work brilliantly in tandem. Meanwhile we have the familiar couplings of the 3rd Doctor and Sarah Jane along with just strange choices - Turlough and Susan. This adventures captures the spirit of Doctor Who at it's finest, and is quite well written, acted, and executed for an anniversary special!

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23 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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