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Doctor Who - The Two Doctors [1984-86] [DVD] [1963]

Colin Baker , Patrick Troughton    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Colin Baker, Patrick Troughton, Nicola Bryant, Frazer Hines
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISJA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,716 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Doctor Who: The Two Doctors is one of those occasional adventures in which the then-current Doctor joins forces with one of his former incarnations, here Colin Baker's sixth Doctor with Patrick Troughton's second Doctor. In the epic Three Doctors (1972-3) such a team-up faced a suitably overwhelming danger; here the threat is rather less impressive. This adventure starts encouragingly enough, with Troughton and Jamie (Frazer Hines) investigating time-travel experiments on a space station, which endanger the fabric of the universe. Baker's Doctor and Peri (Nichola Bryant) arrive in the aftermath of a massacre and suspect the Timelords; but events lead them to Spain and old enemies the Sontarans. Also involved is alien schemer Chessene (Jacqueline Pearce) in a role not dissimilar to her Servalan from Blake's 7, while John Stratton as Shockeye, a food-obsessed alien "Androgum" chef is vastly entertaining.

Despite location filming in Seville, the three 45-minute episodes eventually stretch the material too thinly, degenerating into some of the most farcical scenes in the history of Who. The story becomes a repetitive series of double-crosses, escapes and pursuits, featuring an unnecessary obsession with cannibalistic comedy-horror. Despite many fine moments along the way The Two Doctors ultimately leaves a Bad Taste.

On the DVD: Doctor Who: The Two Doctors is offered with an as-good-as-possible 4:3 picture, which exposes the limitations of the original video footage. The sound is excellent mono and the first disc also offers an isolated track of Peter Howell's striking musical score and an engaging commentary with director Peter Moffatt, Frazer Hines and Jacqueline Pearce.

The highlight of Disc Two is Behind the Sofa: Robert Holmes and Doctor Who a new 45-minute documentary with series luminaries Chris Boucher, Terrance Dicks, Philip Hinchcliffe, Barry Letts and Eric Saward remembering the writer. Of more specialist interest to would-be programme makers is Adventures in Time and Spain (29 mins), in which Production Manager Gary Downie charmingly recalls the problems of finding the Spanish locations. Beneath the Lights is a 27-minute compilation of studio footage centred on Baker and Bryant filming three scenes, while Beneath the Sun complies video location rushes, which at 36 minutes with poor picture quality is for completists only. Wavelength (1984) is an interesting 29-minute edition of the BBC Schools radio documentary series giving an in-depth look at the making of Doctor Who in general. Finally there's an animated, scored photo gallery. Overall this is an exhaustively comprehensive presentation that will satisfy the even the most serious Who fan. --Gary S Dalkin

Product Description

The Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and Jamie arrive at space station J7 to ask the Doctor's old friend Dastari to cease his experiments in time travel. The station is invaded, and when Doctor number 6 (Colin Baker) and Peri arrive, they find a shell-shocked Jamie claiming that the Doctor has been killed. It is in fact all part of a Sontaran plot to discover the secrets of time travel, which necessitates a trip to Seville to rescue the earlier incarnation of the Time Lord. Patrick Troughton's last appearance as the Doctor.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Violence and cannibalism in sunny Spain 9 May 2006
Story: 4/5 - Extras: 5/5

Colin Baker's era of the TV series, and in particular season twenty-two, often comes under fire from fans as being badly written, thoughtless, bombastic and violent, with an unlikeable protagonist. However, I must confess a sneaking enjoyment of Colin Baker's era and nowhere more so than in Robert Holmes' The Two Doctors, which is by far the best of the original series' multi-Doctor stories.

The story isn't perfect: episode one drags, and there are some problems with the effects, particularly the Sontarans' loose headpieces. However, it also boasts excellent supporting characters in Jacqueline Pearce's conniving augmented Androgum Chessene and John Stratton's fiendishly greedy performance as Shockeye, the Androgum chef. The story is rife with cannibalistic and carnivorous themes and yes, there is a lot of violence, but it all serves to emphasise writer Robert Holmes' obvious ambhorrence of such behaviour in the real world, without ever resorting to preaching.

We also have the pleasure of seeing the return of Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines, both looking older but obviously enjoying themselves. Finally, much of the story is filmed in sunny Spanish locations in and around Seville, which gives the story a great sense of sophistication and a welcome departure from the often cheap studio sets common to the era. It's just a pity that the Spanish setting doesn't really kick in until episode two.

As well as an expertly restored version of the original story (which is a lengthy one, equivalent to a "traditional" six-parter), which also has an excellent score by Peter Howell, The Two Doctors has as large a package of special features as you could possibly ask for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Action packed adventure! 11 July 2010
My Uncle bought this for me a few years ago now, i wanted to see it because i was interested on seeing how the second doctor (Patrick troughton) and the sixth doctor (Colin baker) would work together in this classic adventure. All i can say is WOW, the story is interesting, the acting is very strong, especially from patrick troughton (my favourite doctor) also the music used in this episode is brilliant, it really brings the sontarons to life. This story is based in seville/spain which i think is an excellent choice of setting, the story is full of action, adventure and patrick troughton brings a comedy twist to the story wnich i think is brill!. a very good buy and well worth getting. I hope this review helps
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3.0 out of 5 stars Meat or poison? 9 May 2009
The Two Doctors is frustrating - it's very nearly great, but falls down on several counts and leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. There are some interesting themes - the hypocrisy of the Doctor's own race, the folly of a scientist playing god, and some uncomfortable stuff about our habits as meat-eaters. Some of these are paid off in a way that is dramatically-satisfying. We also have some great dialogue and characterisation from the marvellous Robert Holmes - he clearly relished writing scenes in which the Doctors bait the Sontarans and puncture their military swagger, and both Shockeye and Chessene are genuinely disturbing characters. Sadly, it is rather too long: large chunks of episodes one and three are clearly padding - which might not have been so apparent if the direction had been less pedestrian. Its other key failing is its badly-handled changes in tone - one moment we are enjoying some light comedy and rollicking action-adventure, the next, we are confronted by something that goes too far in its darkness and sadism. Uneasy viewing that veers between the brilliant and the tedious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By timelord007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
1)Colin Baker is slated as a violent Doctor but I see merit in his performance as it shakes up the series making him a unpredictable Timelord.
2)Any Doctor Who starring Patrick Troughton is worthy of merit.
3)Frazer Hines returns as Second Doctor companion Jamie.
4)The Sontarans are back, Although they've grown a bit.

1)Some scenes involving Shockeye are a little over the top affecting the performances somewhat.
2)The Doctor killing Shockeye may upset some fans.

Dvd Info.
3 episode's running time 133 minutes.
Commentaries, Making of, Documentary on Robert Holmes, On location in Spain Gary Downie hosts what hs job entails in this documentary, Photo Gallery, Trailer , A special feature In A Fix With Sontarans who's host of that particular programme makes my blood boil & makes me feel physical sick.

This underrated classic was the season 22 biggie written by the exellent Robert Holmes it features not one but Two Doctors.

The Second Doctor & Jamie get into trouble on a space station were Dastari is conducting time travel experiments which could cause a rip in the fabric of time so the Timelords have unwittingly sent the Second Doctor to investigate who gets kidnapped & Jamie stranded on the space station.

The Sixth Doctor & Peri are fishing when the Doctor senses a danger in his personal timeline & so he investigates setting the Tardis coordinates & arriving on the deserted space station faces a computer who's determined to kill the Doctor by cutting off the air supply.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 2nd meets 6th doctor
This is a 2 dvd set. You have I believe 3 large episodes. I'd say the modern day Sontarans are an improvement on the classic. Most distracting are Peri's breasts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kish
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Doctors, two companions, Sontarans, Androgums and hot sunny...
This is by far my favourite Sixth Doctor story on DVD with Colin Baker. Not only was this the first time I saw Colin's Doctor, but it also paired him up with another popular doctor... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tim Bradley
2.0 out of 5 stars Bunkum
Nice to see Pat again. He's always so watchable.

Somewhere in here was a good idea, possibly somewhere before JNT started messing about with it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alex Lyon
3.0 out of 5 stars Under rated gem
Forever linked with the cancellation/hiatus of the series, opinions of this story have been clouded by that fact ever since. Read more
Published 21 months ago by SHIRAZ JEK
5.0 out of 5 stars colin baker at his best.
Wilst investigating unauthorised expierments into time travel aboard space station camera,the second doctor and jamie come under attack from the war-like sontarans... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by CYBERMAN11
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Go Mad In Spain
Falling somewhere near the middle of Colin Baker's troubled tenure as the Doctor, 'The Two Doctors' perhaps shows clearer than most of its contemporaries the strengths and failings... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by I. R. Cragg
3.0 out of 5 stars good enough for its time but got some difficultys
first off i just want to say dr who fans have double standerds when the 6th doctor sessions first came on there was complants. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2009 by chace
5.0 out of 5 stars Sontarans In Spain? Whatever Next?
This is a lot darker than The Three Doctors and The Five Doctors, and is different because of the fact that it is not to celebrate Doctor Who's anniversary. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2009 by S. Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars the best with the sontarans
this episode is one of the best ive seen for a long time the way its set out is perfect i would buy this if you are having second thoughts
Published on 15 April 2009 by Mrs. D. Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Timelords behaving badly"
I'm afraid that this is really not the best of Robert Holmes, Colin Baker, Patrick Trougton or JNT stories in general. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2008 by Bob Marlowe
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