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
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The Quarks from "The Dominators" were set to return in this story, but were removed from the script at an early stage and replaced by the Raston Warrior Robot, which is the only new "monster" featured in the special, and was itself a last-minute addition, after Eric Saward told Terrance Dicks that the Third Doctor and Sarah needed to encounter one more obstacle before reaching the tower. See more »
In the Special Edition commentary, it is mentioned that the "teeth and curl" comment from the Third Doctor was originally Sarah Jane Smith's line, but the actors decided to shift it for humorous effect. The commentary points out he shouldn't know of his future appearance and that shifting the line, while entertaining, was a continuity mistake. However, Sarah Jane Smith mimed pointing at her teeth and a twirl of finger at her hair just before it, allowing this act of charades to prompt the Third Doctor's line. See more »
[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.
Yes. You never did care much for rules as I remember.
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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 »
The 20th Anniversary episode of "Doctor Who" is low on plot and features some ridiculous dialogue (see above). But who cares. The nostalgia factor is very high. And it's great to see all the Doctors, companions, and monsters packed into one story. The story only seems to flag during the Fifth Doctor's conspiracy investigation in the Capitol.
Troughton and Pertwee easily slide back into their characters despite not having played them in years, and Richard Hurndall does well as the First Doctor.
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