The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
is a TV movie starring
Sean Pertwee, Olivia Colman, and Peter Davison.
With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who (1963) approaching, former Doctors Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy try to sneak onto the set of the anniversary special.
Amy reminds The Doctor he needs to have an adventure once in a while, the Doctor complies and sets the TARDIS to its "adventure setting". After a series of malfunctions, the ship lands in ... See full summary »
Sarah Louise Madison
British physicist Brian Cox lectures on the nature of time and space, black holes, time dilation and the possibility of time travel a la Doctor Who by using experiments featuring celebrity ... See full summary »
Tom Bakers Absence and use of Shada footage is a reference to the Five Doctors thirty years prior where he declined to appear in the 20th anniversary and they used footage from the unfinished story to allow him to appear, theirs even reference to this in his answer-tone. See more »
[Holds up a copy of Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos, then places it in the DVD player]
Ta-da! One of my best, you will love it! Many say it's a classic. Bought, of course, to replace the one that strangely went missing. Great news, though. This one has extra features! EVEN MORE OF ME!
[Sits down on sofa, then addresses his family, who have been clamoring at the front door]
You're wasting your time! I've locked all of the doors!
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IMDb legend Bob The Moo mentioned in passing that I should check out this short comedy film poking fun at DOCTOR WHO . Truth be told I'd known it had existed for a couple of weeks but had zero interest in it as other comedy specials namely DIMENSIONS IN TIME and THE CURSE OF THE FATAL DEATH were so awful as to being unwatchable and the story seemed to revolve around the three Doctors from the 1980s . Let's analyse the history of classic Who
Hartnell 1963-66 ) Stories are clearly defined in to being either historical dramas or experiental sci-fi . A bit hit and miss but you never knew what was coming next
Troughton 1966-69 )The show evolves in to being a tea time horror show for all the family
Pertwee 1970-74 ) More of the same but mainly Earth bound
Early T Baker 1974-77 ) More of the same but more sophisticated and really pushed the boat out with the horror element
Latter T Baker 1978-81 ) Pythonesque humour that was an accuquired taste
Davison 1981-84 ) Bland Doctor in very many bland stories
C Baker 1984-86 ) Dreadful Doctor in very many dreadful stories
S McCoy 1987-89 ) The absolute nadir of the series that saw the BBC commit a mercy killing by cancelling the show
So watching a bland Doctor , a dreadful Doctor and the worst Doctor since Josef Mengele didn't fill me with any hope but I gave Mr Moo the benefit of the doubt since I normally mirror his opinions with the exception of Aronofsky's THE FOUNTAIN
I needn't have worried because this is the most effective tongue in cheek tribute we've ever seen dedicated to the show and was totally surprised why it wasn't broadcast on BBC 1 during peak hours . The premise is simple - three forgotten Doctors played by washed out actors try to gatecrash the anniversary special . This isn't where the comedy succeeds in Peter Davison's script , though it is enjoyable . The major success is in the casting that literally caused my jaw to hit the floor several times as household names appeared on screen . Do yourself a favour and watch this without reading the cast list on this page because you might be literally shocked as to who is appearing
Any downside ? Well truth be told we can't travel through time and time always catches up with us in the end and some of the cast have been ravaged a bit too much by time . That said the years have been kind to Steven Moffat and doesn't look a day older than when he played McClaren in PORRIDGE all those decades ago
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