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Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Special Edition) [DVD] [1983]

William Hartnell , Patrick Troughton , John Nathan-Turner , Pennant Roberts    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison
  • Directors: John Nathan-Turner, Pennant Roberts, Peter Moffatt
  • Writers: Douglas Adams, Eric Saward, Sydney Newman, Terrance Dicks
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov 1999
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZSB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,769 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Yes, The Five Doctors is the one that gathers together Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Baker and Davison, dumps them on some moorland and lets some of the Doctor's greatest enemies take potshots at them. Except, of course, that William Hartnell had sadly passed on by the time this series was made in 1983 (although his replacement Richard Hurndall does an excellent job) and Tom Baker was only featured as a patched-in cameo, apparently prevented from joining in by a temporal thingummy. However, this kind of creakiness comes with the territory and is soon forgotten. The assorted incarnations of the Doctor (together with a scattering of assistants) are drawn together through time and space to battle Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti--those weird androids which keep jumping into the air and disappearing--and many other old foes. They realise that they're on their home planet of Gallifrey and must eventually deal with the legacy of Rassilon, founder of the Time Lords. It's all great fun, of course, and the excellent chapter points on this DVD compensate for the rather self-indulgent lack of editing. --Roger Thomas

Product Description

Feature-length episode to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the long-running sci-fi series. All five Doctors (Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Richard Hurndall and Tom Baker) and many of their old companions are taken out of time and deposited in the Death Zone on Gallifrey. There they must battle not only the Master, but Daleks, Cybermen and Yeti in order to reach the Dark Tower and discover the Tomb of Rassilon. This special edition includes new special effects and extra footage not included in the original broadcast.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 3 Doctors but some cracking extras! 12 Mar 2008
By K9
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This story divides fandom like no other in many ways. Some dismiss it as too silly, implausible and certainly not a classic story, and a very camp pantomime. Other regard it a joyful celebration of all that was great about the series for its 20th Anniversary in 1983, and a glorious reunion of Doctors, companions and Monsters. I belong to the later camp.

Hats off to Terrance Dicks for coping with the near impossible task of constantly changing cast list (the great Bob Holmes had already attempted a "Six Doctors" story but pulled out saying the demands were too great).
Another challenge was what to do with the first and fourth Doctors. William Hartnell sadly had passed away in 1975, and Tom Baker, having originally agreed to take part in the production, then pulled out of the project. The first Doctor was recast as Richard Hurndall, who does, in my opinion bear more than just a passing resemblance to William Hartnell; whilst Tom Baker is represented in the story by the inclusion of a few short clips from the then unseen, unfinished Shada story of 1979.

In this 2 disc release, you get both the original transmission version of 1983, and the longer "Special Edition" cut of 1995, with new special effects, a Dolby 5.1 surround soundtrack and various scene changes. Both versions have been extensively restored by the Doctor Who restoration team, unlike the previous release of 2001, and there is a distinct absence of grain on the picture and particularly vivid colours throughout.

The celebratory feel of the story is really felt in the comprehensive and nostalgic set of extras on this DVD:

- Celebration - a documentary - presented by Colin Baker - recalling the making of, and publicity surrounding, the Five Doctors.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Who-ite's dream 27 July 2005
One by one, the earlier four incarnations of the Doctor are being plucked out of the space-time continuum, and placed into the dreaded Death Zone. Originally used by the Time Lords for organizing gladiatorial matches between various races, Rassilon closed the Death Zone, and forbade the use of the Time Scoop. So, who is doing this, and more importantly, why? It's up to the Doctor (all of them) to figure it out.
This movie is a "Who-ite's" dream. Four of the five Doctors are present, with Richard Hurndall performing very well as the formidable first Doctor. Many companions appear, including Turlough, Tegan, Susan (the Doctor's Granddaughter), Sarah Jane, the Brigadier, Mike Yates, Liz Shaw, Jamie, Zoe, and K-9. Plus, of course, the Master (played by Anthony Ainley). It is a shame that Tom Baker refused to be involved in this production, but he is reasonably represented by scenes taken from the never-completed episode Shada.
I recommend this movie absolutely to any fan of Doctor Who.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 doctors? 5 stars! 28 April 2012
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ok, there are problems. Really there are 3 doctors and an impersonator, but to be frank, I don't care. The fact that this story happened in a time when JNT (producer) was really making some bad mistakes is, to me incredible. Moments such as seeing Elisabeth Sladen and Jon Pertwee or Patrick Troughton and the Brigadier is incredible. I can forgive the weak storyline and floating triangles because this is really a story about the shows history, celebrating the man (or men) we love. The fact there was no 4th doctor was overcome, as was the sad absence of William Hartnell. There are so many clever things put in by Terrance Dicks, like the 3rd doctor meeting the master played by a different actor, showing the doctor just knows. To be honest, this review will change nothing. If you are a doctor who fan, there is no question about whether or not you should see this, it is history, and a show that still manages to be amazing at a time when it was faced with such difficulties. And it has a YETI in it!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great romp 2 Mar 2008
By Mick E
25 years have passed since this milestone in British TV sci-fi. The actual 'five' weren't all there, but does it matter?

Extras first; this DVD contains two versions of the episode; a special edition containing some new SFX (nothing too mind-blowing) and is a slightly longer cut, and the original version as broadcast in 1983. There are various commentaries (I haven't listened to them all yet) including one by the companions, Peter Davison with Terrance Dicks, and a not-too-well-hidden Easter Egg in the form of a commentary by Phil Collinson, David Tennant and Helen Raynor from the current Doctor Who team. There's also a documentary on the Doctor Who continuity narrated by Paul McGann, another on the making of `The Five Doctors' presented by Colin Baker, as well as features from Nationwide, Saturday Superstore, the Longleat exhibition and studio out-takes. In short, there's plenty of stuff over the two discs to keep most Who fans amused for many moons.

Basically, the episode is an excuse for a Who's-Who of Doctor Who - barring Tom Baker (shown only in clips from the unreleased `Shada') and the deceased William Hartnell. For the remainder, it's time to get back into character. The story concerns the 5th Doctor returning to Gallifrey in order to become `whole', as his previous selves have been scooped up from their respective time streams and placed in the Death Zone as part of some nefarious plot. As far as bad guys go, the usual suspects are in place (mostly); there's a lone Dalek, a lone Yeti, the Master and a whole bunch of Cybermen.

The real appeal of an episode like this lies not with the power of the story, but with seeing the various Doctors do their stuff one more time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic Dr Who.
Published 13 days ago by Sue Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Clunky in retrospect but interesting
Interesting to one who grew up with Tom Baker's Doctor and loves the 21st century reboot. Hard not to wince over the clunky and unconvincing special effects now such things are so... Read more
Published 16 days ago by married with children
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE DOCTORS IS AWESOME!
I remember watching this when I was 11 years old-Terrence Dicks did as good a job as any cramming all the Doctors and Monsters into this special-BUY IT NOW!!!
Published 2 months ago by Davros
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This was bought for my Great Nephew who is 9, he loves Doctor Who and it is a special gift to him because he isn't very well
Published 3 months ago by Julie Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Bought for my 6 year old grandson, who found the Dr Who of today to follow as some stories are hard to follow for his age. Read more
Published 3 months ago by julie eade
4.0 out of 5 stars Multi-doc fun but could've been better
As a Who fan this is a treat with 4 Doctors on screen (albeit with a re-cast 1st Doctor) and a host of old companions and monsters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alex Addyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Wh 5 Drs Brill.
As with all Dr Who D.V.Ds its brill viewing. A look back in time. The Drs a lot of people grew up watching.
Published 4 months ago by Christine Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's play the game of Rassilon! - Celebrating 20 years of 'Doctor...
25th November 1983

I really wish I could go back to 1983. To experience the celebrations that were going on in that year. To celebrate 20 years of `Doctor Who'. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tim Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars doctor who-the five doctors
Good quality doctor who DVD.....My son is enjoying watching the old doctors and is looking into which other dvds to get next!!
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Joanne McBride
5.0 out of 5 stars Whovians delight
Just as remember it 25 years ago. Good story line and well defined makes it enjoyable even though you know the ending
Published 6 months ago by Dennis Peters
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