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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.


Lennie Mayne

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jon Pertwee ... Dr. Who
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
Katy Manning ... Jo Grant
Nicholas Courtney ... Brig. Lethbridge Stewart
John Levene ... Sgt. Benton
Rex Robinson Rex Robinson ... Dr. Tyler
Roy Purcell Roy Purcell ... President of the Council
Laurie Webb Laurie Webb ... Mr. Ollis
Clyde Pollitt Clyde Pollitt ... Chancellor
Graham Leaman Graham Leaman ... Time Lord
Patricia Prior Patricia Prior ... Mrs. Ollis
Denys Palmer 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) See more »

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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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9 February 2013 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

How great it was for me to see my two Doctors, numbers 2 & 3, Patrick Troughton, my first and the one I really watched the most growing up as a kid, Jon Pertwee in the same adventure. Actually, the first doctor, the crotchety William Hartnell, sadly ailing at the time of production, also makes a necessarily curtailed cameo appearance to give the adventure its title and act as almost a sort of paternal referee between his two younger, but very different successors as they bicker amongst themselves.

The story itself is fine, involving a renegade Time Lord's plan to destroy the universe and neatly appropriates the old legend of Hercules and Atlas for the crux of the tale. Pertwee and Troughton are both excellent in their different ways with neither hogging the limelight and bouncing off each other most entertainingly.

It was good to see the crusty Lethbridge-Stewart nonplussed at the appearance of the two docs as well as getting to finally enter the TARDIS. Katy Manning, as usual, gets to wear a mini-skirt and fawn over Pertwee, although she does at least come up with the idea for the feuding Doctors to pool their resources to effectively fight Omega. It might have been nice for say, Frazer Hines to make a showing too as Jamie, to assist Troughton and balance the ticket, but you can't have everything.

The only weakness is the usual laughably unscary monsters employed by Omega, which look like freshly-made jam puddings, but on the whole this deliberately nostalgic episode is an almost complete success and certainly one of the most memorable.

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